Hakushu Distiller's Reserve

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Malt Whisky
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
12 Mar 2014 7:18 pm by Stijn

Average value

€ 86,10

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Whisky Reviews for Hakushu Distiller's Reserve

38 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.35 points

  1. HammerHead scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  2. dRambo scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

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

  3. Whiskyhibby scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    Colour 18 points - light oak

    Nose 20 points - barley sugar, kumquat , green apple

    Palate 20 points - rich , malty, orange peel

    Finish 23 points, warm lingering slight spice and dark chocolate

  4. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    21 21 21 21 84

    It is quite drunk, rounded, without flaws

  5. valery77 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Fresh, very pleasant, whole. Vanilla, young wood, fudge, caramel (“Snowball”), carpentry workshop motifs (but very delicately), apple juice, fresh newspaper, wet cardboard, meringue, candy (fruit drops). 22
    • Taste
      From light to medium, moderately dry. Pepper, ascorbic acid, sweet citrus, oak tannins, lozenges, salted caramel. 21
    • Finish
      From short to medium in length, smoothly fading. Oak motifs are not replaced by the most pleasant bitterness. Over time, metallic notes and phantom smoke are added. nineteen
      Pleasant, light, drinkable, though not complicated whisky with a speyseider character. Balance 21.
      Total 83

  6. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A light herbaceous peat is felt. We are in the forest. Heather, moisture, moss, iodized freshness. On the palate, still peat and heather, it is grassy but not bitter. Long enough, the vegetable peat rises, notes of green tea. It's really a good whisky.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  7. whiskyd scored this whisky 71 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      68 68
    • Finish
      65 65

  8. Shrek13 scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    On the nose: Peatiness (not as heavy as the lagavulin 8, fruit flavours.. sweetness and you can definitely get that oak barrel in there.
    Taste: Burst in your mouth spicy, aged wood, smoky and vanilla-ish sweetness
    Finish: medium.. and I could only feel the smokiness persist

    In my view, this is a great whisky for the price point and point in time (now). Japanese whisky prices are off the roof at the moment but this will not disappoint a guest or a group of friends getting together.

  9. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    This is a subtle single malt. It is different, fresh and, I would say, definitely Japanese. Maybe a bit singular. The nose was very pleasing, but the taste disappointed a bit. Just a tad too young perhaps?
    • Nose
      84 84
      This is indeed green and fresh with hints of smoke. So far, we follow the expected road. Vegetably (is that a word?) with cucumber and other green fruits that are infused with smoke. I also detect orange blossom, lychees, freshly pressed oranges, citrus sweets and smoked fish. A subtle nose, albeit slightly underwhelming.
    • Taste
      79 79
      Oh quite spicy, and much expressive compared to the nose. The spiciness is clearly different to what I am customed to in Scotch, so could this be the Japanese style? I find mints and sweet oranges. Then a citrus burst, which develops into earthy notes, barley, sour bread, and becomes herbal. The palate falls slightly short compared to the subtlety and complexity of the nose.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Quite drying, reminding me of one of the Alsatian white wines, I would say Gewürztraminer.

  10. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion: appetizing, interesting, sweet-smoky whisky. Rating: 84 (n22, t20, f21, b21)
    • Nose
      Aroma: The first nose - creamy candy, caramel, marmalade - (as if found himself on a children's holiday). Deeper - baking and almost imperceptible hint of smoke.
    • Taste
      Taste: sweets, candies, sugar candy and a few phenols.
    • Finish
      Finish: medium duration, repeating the palette, only smoked echoes are felt much stronger and come to the fore.


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