Hakushu 12-year-old

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

Average value

€ 260.86

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420 × member ratings

2190 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Hakushu 12-year-old

47 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.27 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 86 points 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 Junior

    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. uap304 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    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

  8. 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.

  9. Joband scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  10. kanpai79 scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

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


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