Hakushu 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Malt Whisky
Stated Age
12 years old
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
10 Nov 2012 5:31 am

Average value

€ 287.03

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443 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Hakushu 12-year-old

53 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.36 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 86 points Super Administrator

    Although Hakushu 12 doesn't have the caliber of Yamazaki, it is certainly a characterful and distinctly different Japanese Single Malt. Featuring floral and grassy notes, the aroma is quite complex with fresh herbs, heather honey and citrus fruits. A thin layer of delicate peat smoke is well-integrated. On the palate, the fruity-sweet arrival turns into zesty but rather mild peatiness, dominated by herbal freshness. The moderate finish is peppery, slightly dry and leaves with a hint of oak bitterness. Overall, a harmonic and nicely composed malt with character.

    RATING: 3.9/5.0 stars ≙ 86 pts → FIRST-CLASS [-]
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  2. Bam scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Delicious whisky, works well composed, not too much and not too little of everything.
    • Nose
      Fruity and sweet, Lychee, Kumquats, Fanta red apples, yellow pear, raspberries. Something sweet tobacco, a hint of smoke. Spicy honey, beeswax. Spicy oak, caraway, Kardermon, cinnamon. Also slightly musty, after dusty books.
    • Taste
      Easy onset, silky mouthfeel. Sweet apples and pears with some cinnamon, spicy honey, vanilla, nice oak. The smoke now clearer.
    • Finish
      Medium. Still fruity, now more citrus, lemon, orange, looks fresh. In addition beautiful oak.

  3. dRambo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    looks much older and more valuable than the number on the label - I like it very much
    • Nose
      88 88
      elegant, noble, subtle fruit notes, fine tobacco, finest barely perceptible smoke, wax, citrus, canned pineapple
    • Taste
      87 87
      sweet, lychee, citrus, honey, full-bodied mild oak, mint, red pepper, some smoke and maritime influence, wax
    • Finish
      87 87
      Ash, oak, wax, tree sap - medium long

  4. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Is a pretty interesting Japanese, which is evaluated by the light smoke flavors. I like it a lot and it would be even better with a bit more power.
    • Nose
      Light phenolic smoke, honey, grilled fish, salt, chocolate, later some fruit
    • Taste
      Sweet, spicy, vanilla, mellow wood, a little bit of bite
    • Finish
      Medium length finish with tomato soup and spicy oak

  5. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur


    Amazingly I’ve had this only once before, many years ago.

    N: Wth a fatty and buttery body, it’s a fruity [Speyside style] malt with luscious and rolling tropical & orchard fruits. 
    T: Rich lush lemon honey dunnage-y malt that suggests a maturity beyond those 12 stated years. Then comes the smoke whilst the waxy & fatty spirit continues to sing.
    F: Sustained sweet honeyed smokey barley juice, finishing with clean toasted dry/smokey malty & milky Cocoa Pops.
    C: Does all the things a whisky should do. The ideal introduction to peaty whisky and a great alternative besides the ashtray Islay’s. Goes straight on the ‘to buy list’.Scores a B[+]

  6. Kumachan scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Rich, complex, fresh. A very beautiful Japanese expression. Much more enchanting than his brother from Osaka the 12-year-old Yamazaki. If it were to be given a subjective note, it would be an 87.
    • Nose
      Dress or, poor fine and slow. A taste on the palm carries Spring, white flowers, fresh currants, caramelized pear and freshly cut grass. On the nose, the identity is posed, that Hibiki Either (largely composed of Hakushu) or Yamazaki, cross them Same Markers: Fruits and fresh white cooked, pear, apple and peach white area. The white flowers sit alongside a pleasant acidity that reveals tangerine and candied lemon. Everything becomes darker, marzipan, tobacco, leather. Spiced with cinnamon and ginger, smoked earth. A nose of great freshness, complex and expressive.
    • Taste
      It is sweet and earthy on the palate, toasted, delicately smoked, zan, then fruity, cooked pear topped with dark chocolate, peach compote. Floral too. Then we go back to the earth, smoked peat, musk, green pepper, chilli and camphor.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium on spices, pear and smoked peach. Long persistence on pear William. Empty glass is spring, blackcurrant bud, ginger, earth and smoked, harlequin candy.

  7. Tordeaux scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. ezioaudit scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

  9. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A delicious and elegant whisky. He doesn't make any real mistakes, but nothing outstanding either.
    Just a pleasant fellow. But that is not meant negatively. Unfortunately, like so many Japanese, the price is now simply excessive.
    • Nose
      Very light and subtle smoke. Plus something like meadow fruit. Toasted wood. A couple of citrus fruits. Green tea. Removes a little nutmeg. Everything somehow, as it were, delicate and not intrusive.
    • Taste
      Much sweeter than you would expect from the nose. Caramel and forest honey. At first the oak holds back almost completely, but then it builds up pleasantly. Subliminally the light smoke (towards wood smoke).
    • Finish
      Orange peel. Oak seasoning. Licorice. The smoke becomes drier.

  10. Chicho Skrudj scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82


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