Hakushu 12-year-old

Overall rating
84.57/100
votes
495
Whiskybase ID
WB37557
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Malt Whisky
Stated Age
12 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
白州
Barcode
4901777228894
Added on
10 nov 2012 5:31 am
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 285.86

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Whisky reviews for Hakushu 12-year-old

57 users have left 61 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.57 points.

  1. 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

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  3. Bembel scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Light smoke, light fruits (citrus, pear), floral. Summer freshness. Licorice.
    • Taste
      Creamy. Very sweet with lots of fruit. Walnut inlaid oak.
    • Finish
      Medium - long. Furry sweetness stays on the tongue.

  4. VEF206 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  5. EricLeeee scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Quite outstanding for a 12-year-old bottle at 43% abv., except the price is not so attractive.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  6. zzqfyl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. SRB scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      The drop needs some time in the glass to fully arrive.
      Fresh cut grass, hops, green apples, pizza dough, Honey.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Bess-Wax, honey, barley, fresh oak, toast, vanilla
    • Finish
      85 85
      A short sweet moment, honey, candied ginger. Then alcohol follows. White pepper and in the end grassy notes linger on.
      Middle-long / short.

  8. avason scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      fresh herbs, grass, subtle citrus fruits, mint, hint of smoke
    • Taste
      86 86
      green apples,sweet citrus fruit, spices, mint again, subtle smoke
    • Finish
      84 84
      peppery, subtle peat, some oak bitterness, dry and clean

  9. Sir MaHei scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      79 79

  10. Wolfe Tone scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Very soft, floral and fruity.

  11. Tordeaux scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  12. ezioaudit scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

  13. 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.

  14. Chicho Skrudj scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

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

  15. gaboruso scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  16. DrunkDude scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Smell: pure aroma of rich apples, slight vanilla palms sour starwberry, you also get the ginger. 85
    • Taste
      84 84
      Taste: some Sweet apples, still some signified taste of woods, not fully bodied, but still balanced. A lot of spices follows. 84
    • Finish
      84 84
      Finish: Long Spices and also taste of ginger, slight feel of mint, also chocolate flavor and Woody tannin 84

  17. uap304 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    This is a characterful classic, very drinkable and rewards focus and intention, as it can come off a bit flat. This is a very balanced old school malt, aspiring to be in the austere mold such as with Hazelburn/Kilkerran.
    • Nose
      Marzipan and vanilla. Fruity, with pears, apples, and strongly of apple juice, thus is reminiscent of Glenfiddich. Some youthful heat, but overall comes off as fresh with some mineral tones.
    • Taste
      Smooth mouthfeel. Immediately refreshing, with floral notes of lavender and a bit soapy, but in an enjoyable way.
      Some sherry (?) sweetness, becoming sharp.
    • Finish
      An afterthought of smoky peat appears, not long, turning stale and bitter, again with floral overtones

  18. Syleo scored this whisky 68 points Expert Senior

    For me the widespread enthusiasm for the Hakushu is unfortunately not understandable. The grassy freshness with a bit of fruit has potential, but the perfume and almost soapy nuances that remind me of some Irish whiskys that I don't really like, clearly cloud the enjoyment for me. Not my cup of tea, sorry.
    • Nose
      72 72
      Fruit juice, most likely from green apples and some orange and blueberries in fruit gums, quickly changes into a grassy top, hops and freshly cut willow branches next to cold ash, the acidic intensity of which almost develops something soapy, fragrant like a hospital hallway with haycinths. Freshly greased leather and cocoa powder, olive oil and beeswax, pizza seasoning and pipe tobacco are gradually being added. Exciting impressions, which somehow remain artificial, almost watery and too tart and grassy to really inspire. Even if the blatant tips gradually soften, the impression of artificiality remains.
    • Taste
      71 71
      Bitter tobacco and a little red wine dry, olive oil, oats and woody vinegar seasoning also appear on the palate, while fruit aromas of oranges, grapefruit and blueberries remain in the background as wine gums. The mouthfeel is a bit watery and sharp at the same time, almost like strong carbonic acid in a mineral water.
    • Finish
      62 62
      Tobacco, freshly cut brushwood and citrus fruits also mix slightly on the finish, woody-hazelnut, bitter and perfume, with a rather thin vanilla sweetness and a few blueberry wine gums on the edge.

  19. Joband scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  20. kanpai79 scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      87 87

  21. 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.

  22. 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

  23. pianoman scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Lovely. Kumquats, Physalis, freshly sawn light wood. Dandelion, a little vanilla and a touch of glue.
    • Taste
      Light. Mild honey, toasted bread with butter, a touch of white pepper. A hint of apricot jelly. Milk chocolate.

  24. wbarchive_336582 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    https://www.malthead.org/malthead/japan-tasting-mit-yamazaki-12-hakushu-12-und-mehr

  25. WhiskyBlood scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Did I just have a whisky? Sorry I didn't notice
    Plain, Boring
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      81 81

  26. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  27. Dottore scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Nice standard and a typical representative of the Japanese whisky, you should definitely have tried. Harmonious, harmonious and gentle, like many Japanese, yet with an independent character with dominating citrus fruits and grassy notes. Lovely in the mouth with light hints of tart spices, vanilla sweetness and some pepperiness. The simple finish sounds slow. Always nice in the glass. 83 points

  28. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    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

  29. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The aroma appears with leather, sweetness, light rottenness, perfume, fruits and cream brûlée notes. I feel some very gentle peated notes. The palate has dried fruits, spicy, dry and light smoke notes. The finish is a middle, sweet with vanilla, dried fruits and spicy notes.

  30. Rien scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  31. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2018/04/18/random-tandems-3/

    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[+]

  32. TheJerm scored this whisky 77 points Newbie

    • Nose
      fresh fruit, green apple, lemongrass, bit of smoke
    • Taste
      green apple, dark caramel, caramelized sugar, charcoal, spinach, mash
    • Finish
      woody/hay, molasses, dark muddled berries, bit of deep green vegetable, a bit of burnt sugar, faint citrus

  33. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Somehow artificial nose. Freshly painted wood, nail polish remover and plastic. Spicy honey, honeydew melon and immature, green apple. Pleasantly sour limes. Menthol, cereals, crayons and wet sandstone. Prolonged life in the glass is followed by cooked fruit. But only behind the scenes.
    • Taste
      Soft, syrupy onset. Here the honey really comes into its own. Gentle toasty aromas and subtle oak. Light menthol traces, sourdough and a pinch of pepper. The taste has surprised me a little now, because the sour notes have moved backwards. Again, wax and slightly mineral. Some plastic and artificial fruit flavors of mirabelle plums. The taste is somehow straightforward and pleasantly tasty.
    • Finish
      Short. Spicy and slightly bitter. Slightly dry, with the cheeks still slightly sweet and creamy.

  34. 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.

  35. Sleinn nam Ffoh scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Pleasantly balanced and quite complex for 12 years.
    • Nose
      Light fruits, lemon and green apple are latently present, notes of wood and cereals, slightly complex with lime and barrel notes.
    • Taste
      Vanilla and honey, sweet bright fruits. Then slightly peppery, a pinch of salt, seasoning and lime.
    • Finish
      Strong, slightly bitter but very well-balanced oak, pleasant honey sweetness and minimal dryness remain medium-long.

  36. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    no particularity, rather repulsive at the beginning, then finally let appear particular scents!
    • Nose
      vanilla and white apple, spices, fresh and floral at the same time!
    • Taste
      bitter spices, white fruits (apple, pear not ripe enough!), return of brandy grain, dried herbs.
    • Finish
      average on the same fruits, malt well present, vanilla then apple in the end alone.

  37. GlenGabriel scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  38. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    # Blind tasting
    Acts significantly older than 12 years. Delicious whisky.
    • Nose
      Malty flavors, spices, some vegetable stock, minimal vanilla, old oak, slightly musty, very spicy, like an old, wet barrel. A hint of fruit, rather ripe, slightly sourish, resinous flavors, rustic oak. Charcoal.
    • Taste
      soft and round. old wood flavors, spices, a little honey, a little salt, a sour aroma component and a somewhat surprisingly aggressive bitterness come at the end.
    • Finish
      Sweetish, but also tart wood notes, some resin, a pinch of lemon, mouth-filling, oak, spices, oak, spices .... Amazingly, not too bitter, when the mouth is already well furry in the end.

  39. valery77 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  40. SimpleSample scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    nose and taste very similar. departure could be better. altogether a nice whisky
    • Nose
      Floral notes ... honey (white) ... seasoning from the wood
    • Taste
      Spicy..with a floral note ... and a light sweetness
    • Finish
      Short to medium

  41. Helgo scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  42. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, freshness, apples, spices, a vanilla return
    On the palate, a fine sensation of smoke, vanilla with a fresh compote of green fruits again, then a subtle scent of wood chips
    In the end, the same simple but long enough, more pronounced spices back and pungent sense of smoke!

    it's good, but the finale left me on my end, not in my tastes.

  43. Andytka3 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    N- Candy sweet, cereal husk. grassy smokes. Orchard fruits extract, fresh morning dew and cooling mist.

    P- Pear, ginger and berries. Herb spicy at the back. Dry with a layer of thin waxy mouthfeel.

    F- Medium long with persistent minty aftertaste at the tail.
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  44. lukeboone did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    a very refreshing and green whisky. this is also a summer drink i would have as well. With Highball it is great. 
    • Nose
      Nose
      Some fresh green notes. Fresh green pear notes hits first, immediately after a short breather it is accompanied with some caramel honey hints. Towards caramelized apples for me. Some hints of nuts with a tat bit of dry smoke. 
    • Taste
      Mouth
      Fresh green fruity notes, torn between pear n green apples without that tannins-ish dryness. The nutty flavours start to say hello more here, again, not sure if it's slightly caramelized roasted almonds or other nut. Hints of some choya plumness behind the mid note. Then suddenly some tingling spiciness kicks in and fades as fast as it came beforesome green sweetness comes to play followed by that familiar soft dry smoke where peat now can be mentioned. 
    • Finish
      Finish
      Short to medium finish. Not over complex in taste, a slight sweet nutty finish with some small hints of rough peat smoke coating. Very light fruity feel to it as well with some dryness. 

  45. Ciro scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  46. jankes scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  47. Gypscoprotheres scored this whisky 75 points Member Senior

    One dram note: 7.5

    Fresh, sour, grassy, almonds. Not my favorite type of whisky. This is a personal note, so if this is your type, you might like it.

  48. Shane_IL scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Quite simple and straight-forward, but very well made. 
    • Nose
      Candied fruits. Quite floral. Sweet red apples. Peaches. Banana, the artificial flavouring. Dry straw. Old varnished wood. The faintest hint of some dirt/peat.
    • Taste
      Lemon zest. A generic herbal note. Some wet dirt. Salt. Dry leaves. 
    • Finish
      Medium-long. Salty fruits. Grit. Treated thatch. 

  49. Markie81 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Fresh with a bit of smoke. Not a bad whisky at all, but not as good as the Yamazaki 12. 
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  50. Helgo scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Solid Japanese with a slight smoky note, which is still available at a tolerable price. Nice soft caramel note!
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  51. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  52. Wolv scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    a good Japanese whisky that does not have to hide behind Scottish malts
    quite a good Japanese whisky that does not hide Scottish malts
    • Nose
      Green apple, coniferous forest, honey, some smoke
      green apple, conifer forest, honey, a little bit of smoke
    • Taste
      green fruits, herbs, smoke, mint
      green fruits, herbals, smoke, mint
    • Finish
      Grüner Tee mit spürbarem Rauch

      green tea with a noticeable amount of smoke

  53. Wolv scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  54. almqvist83 scored this whisky 84 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      84 84

  55. almqvist83 scored this whisky 84 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      Nutty, citrus fruit, banana, hints of cocoa and smoke.
    • Taste
      Initially mild and sweet barley, lemon juice, oranges, mild peat.
    • Finish
      Dry and oaky, lingering taste of black pepper.

  56. hartist scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A beautiful discovery. This dram seems to me to surpass in quality many of its potential Scottish rivals.
    • Nose
      Fresh and fragrant. Fruity flavors (citrus fruits, bananas, exotic fruits), plants (pine, damp moss), herbaceous (sage) with a hint of smoke. It's already not bad for a 12 year old !.
    • Taste
      The palate is fresh, smooth and rather complex. Background with vegetal notes (plants and herbs with minty character) and minerals, haloed with spicy, fruity, coastal (spray) notes with a touch of unusual exoticism (lemongrass?) And ash smoke in the finish .
    • Finish
      Rather rather long, on a pleasant decrease of the mouth ending with a subtle touch of citric smoke.

  57. Matt80 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A sample given by a friend although I already had an unopened bottle! A solid malt but the nose was much better than the mouth. Slightly disappointing. It will be interesting to see if my bottle differs at all.
    • Nose
      Initially quite woody, strong vanilla, overtones of citrus fruit and walnuts. With water- Sweeter, fruitier notes with pear predominant. quite strong barley sugar.
    • Taste
      Oaky, medium smokey blast, a little spice. 

      With water- Much woodier and smoke gentler
    • Finish
      Long spicy, peppery finish, wafts of smoke at the very end.

      With water-Same as on the taste, it gets much woodier

  58. Willie JJ scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    delicious, well made, wonderfully balanced malt.
    • Nose
      Lemon citrus, seashells and salt. Beautifully balanced malt with charming smoky notes.
    • Taste
      Lemon barley sugar and salt. plenty of sweetness and delicious malt.
    • Finish
      Long and lemony and lightly ashy.

  59. wekke did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Liquid Gold Award - 2014 - Jim Murray's Whisky Bible

  60. Ivynor scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A good whisky, very "clean", fine, well designed. Very "Japanese" =)
    • Nose
      Creamy, unctuous, very fat ... vanilla. A good first impression
    • Taste
      Always creaminess, vanilla cream. It's pretty thin.
    • Finish
      Fine pleasant, candied, finely smoked

  61. Igor scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sweet initially, honeyed, a dash of caramel, praline, floral sweetness, erica-like, heather flowers, blossom dust, nuts, carnation, clay, gooseberry/huckleberry?, floury, blackberry pie. 
    • Taste
      Soft but hot, crisp, grainy, muesli with dried fruit and nuts, oatmeal porridge?, lots of citrus, freshly-squeezed orange, fruit punch, zest, crystallized fruit. Fairly transient on arrival, it shows deliberate pace however, evolving and persisting steadily.
    • Finish
      Cocoa/chocolate, cinnamon sticks, sticky bun, maple syrup (faintly), citric, orange zest, ginger beer, Cologne water and smidgen of spice. And by the way, it's long enough.

  62. ALouis scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A good summer dram, lacking a little complexity but perfect for the aperitif.
    • Nose
      A fresh, floral and fruity nose. First cereals, barley and pepper and spices. The nose then evolves towards floral notes of heather and fresh fruits with citrus fruits and apple. In the 2nd there are some very discreet smoke notes.
    • Taste
      : We find cereals in the mouth and fresh fruits but more on grapefruit and lychee. Nice notes of honey, vanilla and more spices, pepper and cinnamon.
    • Finish
      Everything is very easy to drink with a medium finish on honey and fruits.

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