Hakushu Distiller's Reserve

Overall rating
82.30/100
votes
374
Whiskybase ID
WB52853
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Malt Whisky
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
白州
Barcode
4901777254695
Added on
12 mar 2014 7:18 pm by Stijn
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 115.22

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Whisky reviews for Hakushu Distiller's Reserve

48 users have left 50 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 82.30 points.

  1. 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.

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  3. Sitarane scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Nose: fresh grass, mint, apple, 86
    • Taste
      86 86
      Palate: slightly sweet, notes of fresh fruit, 86
    • Finish
      82 82
      Length: slightly smoky: 85

  4. joeynoreen scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  5. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  6. Hsh scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    hakyushu dr
    3.9
    Grain, feet, more traditional styles
    More hefty and assertive. Feet, a spiciness that wraps around the mouth.
    green apple
    Fumi is also quite satisfied
    It was good except for a little bit of a youthful feeling.
    The more you eat, the less attractive it is.
    Slightly better than Johnny Black

  7. avason scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Nose
    Lots going on in the nose, fresh fruits (nectarine?), some caramel, freshly cut grass. Lots of fresh, summery scents

    Palate
    Fresh and clean as the nose hinted at. Sweet citrus, some pepper and oak, a tiny bit of smoke in the background mixed with a light mint flavor

    Finish
    short to medium finish. Not too complex but again fresh and clean. Some sweetness before the mint takes over

  8. Ficelli scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  9. adriank scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    I think it is wonderful in its league. Easy malt, with that Japanese freshness. I can see why people say it is too light or uninteresting. 'Overengineered.'
    • Nose
      87 87
      Nose is the king here! I am blown away by this nose. A NAS, that gives you something different at each sniff. Positive impression.

      Initially strikes you with a bit of alcohol, and caramel sweetness. Subtle, almost unnoticeable soft smoke without peatiness. Fresh fruit, green fruits, dry vanilla oak. Lemon, mandarin, getting sweeter, tropical fruit hint. Coconut tone, some salty-smoky whiff.

      Fresh, I do not get the 'greens' but it is all subjective. Maybe a different batch.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Malty. Underripe orchard fruit, apple. Little pepper heat, coconut, faint mandarin-yuzu. (not faking it, had not known Dave Broom had this note) Vanilla, and 'quiet' smoke.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium. I love the balance, not too complex but nice.

  10. Highlander65 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Good whisky, easy to drink and very summery
    • Nose
      The nose is fresh, sweet, sugary, notes of balsamic herbs (mint), a hint of vanilla, gentle and graceful. The fresh and balsamic notes prevail on the cereal which, evidently young, did not have time to evolve towards the biscuit and tart scents typical of more mature malts
    • Taste
      On the palate the olfactory notes are confirmed, the sweet and sugary side prevails, fresh and balsamic, with a slight hint of vanilla accompanied by a very pleasant spicy side (ginger). The second sip reveals a slightly tannic body and this time the ginger is more pronounced. On the third sip I seem to feel a note of chewing gum or marshmallow.
    • Finish
      Medium finish, sweet but not too sweet, chewing gum / marshmallow

  11. Chicho Skrudj scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

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

  12. HokkaidoUni scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    The nose makes this one special
    • Nose
      87 87
      Nose: grape juice and foaming carpet soap, a little chemical. Maybe some cigarette smoke. Maybe someone had to clean the carpets after a smoker smoked in a non-smoking hotel room. There is a touch of library too, stacks and stacks of books. And manilla folders. It is a law library. Possibly some cucumbers or zucchini, a vined squash underneath it. A little body odor? But not in a bad way. With water: grapefruits, a cigarette and some glue.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Palate: closed citrus up front and then opens to sweet and salty almonds, some pepper, some glue.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Finish: short and uneventful. A little gluey rice porridge and grapes. With water: a bit more drying.

  13. VISION_CHEN scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Smell: Almost no need for sobering up, the alcoholic feeling is minimal, the main notes are a lot of dense creamy and sweet and sour canned fruits (yellow peach/pear/melon), very fresh & pleasing. In the background, there is a taste that is easy to capture but not easy to distinguish, similar to bamboo, leaves, grass, this combination makes people feel very clean & pleasant. Very few other fine flavors.

    Drink: The wine is light and full, and a refreshing sensation like mint wraps the entire mouth. I would like to describe it as a burning sensation, but it is indeed different. The main tone is the smell of oak barrels. Ganzhong ended.

    Sense: DB once said that if you describe Scotch whisky as a mountain stream, then Japanese whisky is a lake of clear water. I believe that this does not mean that the flavor of Japanese whisky is very light. But when you are tasting Scotch whisky, you will never know what will happen next, and Japanese whisky is to show all the flavors in front of you, quiet and frank.

  14. gustundag scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Complex
    • Nose
      88 88
      Not strong as palate
    • Taste
      92 92
      Fresh fruit
      Citrus
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long

  15. dRambo scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

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

  16. Whiskyhibby scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    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

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

    21 21 21 21 84

    It is quite drunk, rounded, without flaws

  18. 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

  19. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    A light and herbaceous peat is felt. We are in the forest, a fairly thick pine forest on a rainy spring day. Heather, humidity, moss, pine needles, a flowing stream. Iodized freshness in the background. On the palate, more peat and damp earth, limestone, it is grassy but not bitter, rather warm. A touch of anise and tarragon. Rather long finish, the vegetal peat rises, rather intense notes of green tea. It is really a good whisky.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2020/11/the-hakushu-distillers-reserve.html
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  20. whiskyd scored this whisky 71 points Expert Senior

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

  21. Cask1306 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.

  22. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    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.

  23. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Hakushu Distiller's Reserve, 43%
    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: sweets, candies, sugar candy and a few phenols. Finish: medium duration, repeating the palette, only smoked echoes are felt much stronger and come to the fore. Conclusion: appetizing, interesting, sweet-smoky whisky. Rating: 84 (n22, t20, f21, b21)
    In my opinion, samples of whisky Yamazaki and Hakushu without age indication in comparative tasting were a little more interesting than their 12-year-old brothers.

  24. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, spices, grass, green fruits!
    On the palate, it's simple, fresh on fresh apple-pears, return of fairly fine spices, a little smoke or dried grass smoke!
    In the final, simple, average on the same aromas.
    Effective on the dried floral green!

  25. maltaholic scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    By Serge Hakushu 'Distiller's Reserve' (43%, OB, Japan, +/- 2017): 79 Punkte

  26. Macheye did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    On the one hand this is both available and relatively affordable, which for Japanese whisky in 2017 is sadly unusual. On the other, this Hakushu doesn't offer the depth, complexity or indeed balance of its 12 year old sibling. This said, as an introduction to Japanese whisky you could certainly do worse than this. Don’t be afraid to give it a go in a highball (with soda) or as a Mizuwari (with water). 

    Full tasting notes: https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/hakushu/hakushu-distillers-reserve/

  27. MrManners scored this whisky 77 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      75 75

  28. HammerHead scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

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

  29. Andytka3 scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    2nd Tried:- June 2016 N-
    Persistently sharp with acidic green fruits, green apple and tangerine
    peel. Quite closed, mineral, cedar wood, but the smokes is missing on
    this expression.

    P- A little young, but with substantial
    strength, good depth and flavours to excites. Sweet and sour fruits,
    butter cookies and caramel over supple minty smokes, subtle vanilla.

    F- Medium-long. Warm and spicy oak mouth coating. Dry and building and gum tickling.Lightly rough, but with plenty of good. ***

    First Tried:- Jan 2016 / Weighted Rate:- 79ptN-
    Exceedingly candy, almond custard and chewing gum on nose. But there
    are also fragrant of pine and smoke lychee. Constant nose warming a
    reflection of the grassiness, herbal and gingery characters. P- Soft and gentle with dusting floral and fresh mint leaves, rounded
    with tropical sweet fruits. A pleasant and basic drams, but are not to
    compared with his aged siblings.F- Unexpectedly long with crisp restraint herbs spiciness remains. A return of almond custard at the end.— at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  30. hfos scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  31. Guntis scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      79 79

  32. Jan Francisco scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

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

  33. mer1973 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

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

  34. Daan Tje scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  35. pelle86 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    extraordinary melon nose and taste. taste of melon not as strong as the nose.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      86 86

  36. Hvdree scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

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

  37. JacobaEd scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  38. OnkelBiff scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      80 80

  39. St. Pauli scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    My first encounter with this distillery was a solid, friendly and rather sweet dram. Not the most complex, but fair value for its price.
    • Nose
      A bit shy. Sweet and grassy rather than peat (however distinctly present), pear drops, vanilla, sugar, 
    • Taste
      Sligthly thin, with abundant barley and vanilla sweetness and juicy pear that later develop towards a combination pepper dryness and lemon zest. The smoke is not present anymore. With water, it returns however, along with some ginger. 
    • Finish
      Short to medium, with the barley vanilla fading away and leaving pepper, ginger and some licorice root and smoke.

  40. Avdboom scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Perfectly balanced, Japanese engineerd but in the good sense!Discrete but very pleasing nose.
    Wonderfull taste with Bourbon Wood perfectly comming trough without dominance, zweet but not too sweet, just lovely!
    Finish is medium but also perfectly diminishing follow up of the taste.
    Would have been a creaker if it was 46% abv or more, but unlike a lot of it's fellow 43% abv brothers and sisters I like it a lot!
    I bought a botle for 38 euro's, If I ever come across one for arround 50 euro's when this one is done I might buy it again.

  41. maltaholic scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Young, fruity, vanilla in the nose. I do not taste grapes, spices, but the allegedly existing smoke. The aroma is milder, rounder, the alcohol decreases. Nice. An unusual malt for in between.

  42. FernetBranco scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  43. Unic scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    A lovely Spring/Summer whisky.

    Minty tropical fruits. A very tidy well made whisky. Good price
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  44. markjedi1 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    A very affordable and
    quaffable Japanese dram.
    • Nose
      The nose is
      surprisingly light and soft. Even a bit perfumy. Vanilla, pears and freshly cut
      grass come first, then some lemon zest, a twig of mint and a hint of coconut. Marshmallow?
      Not so much peat, though. A bit of smoke, yes, but you need to look for it. Not
      that I mind. It is quite pleasant.
    • Taste
      It is somewhat oily,
      but does not have a lot of body. The lemon zest appears first, followed
      immediately by vanilla, honey and icing sugar. Surprisingly sweet. The mint is
      a lot louder than on the nose. Reminds me a bit of After Eight, but without the
      chocolate. Ginger, pepper and wet earth complete the picture. The smokiness is
      still rather delicate.
    • Finish
      The finish is
      surprisingly long on a sweet spiciness. Or a spicy sweetness. Well, you know
      what I mean. Only now do I get the feeling that it is indeed a peaty whisky,
      for it dies on grassy notes with some earth and mint, but also with a wonderful
      salty terminus.

  45. Maldhyr scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    On itself a nice dram but the alcohol keeps coming through which lessered my experience.
    • Nose
      Both cantaloupe melon and cucumber can clearly be distinguished. A fresh, mint-like smell.
    • Taste
      Grassy, vanilla and some spices.
    • Finish
      Mint and a very light smoke that does not stay too long.

  46. alectron scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Single dram. Blind tasting. Regionals 2014_08
    • Nose
      green oak, new make-y, green apples, fresh, pears, grassy, looses and turns flat after a while  (84 / 85 / 82).
    • Taste
      spicy, malty, citrus, dusting sugar, grassy (83).
    • Finish
      more sweetness, caramel, yelow fruits, banana, alc sticks out somewhat/not well integrated despite the low strength (79).

  47. Toffie76 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Typically a fresh whisky to drink as an aperitif in summer. And why not on ice. I never do it, but with this one, it would not bother me.
    • Nose
      Fresh, clean, lemony. Melon. A beautiful plant side chiseled. Foam. Spring. At aeration, we find marshmallow. A little smoke adds some depth.
    • Taste
      Vanilla, very vanilla. the texture is covering and oily. The development is quite short.
    • Finish
      Persistent bitterness.

  48. Bishlouk scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Herbal, minty nose. Marine air, crustaceans.

    Mouth erased, fresh. Slight salinity. Lack of vigor.

    Short final, herbaceous and peppery.

  49. Jean-Brice scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Really not bad
    • Taste
      Sweet, vegetal
    • Finish
      average

  50. Pouya did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    quite well done, from the level of Hakushu 12 years old (according to my memories), balanced to the Japanese. Lacks a bit of complexity but fits well just a simple and pleasant aperitif whisky
    • Nose
      not very expressive, watery, fruity (apple, vanilla). Improves with aeration with a dominant fruit and a very light smoke
    • Taste
      very fresh and light, we find the nose with fruit present, vanilla ice cream, cereal, smoke and a little spice (cinnamon, ginger) and a return marked subtly by the wood.
    • Finish
      Short and drying final

  51. laurensl scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    The Hakushu Distiller's Reserve is produced from 3 main ingredients :

    A "young talent" : whiskies aged less than 10 years in bourbon barrels, called Lightly Peated due to their light peaty notes and choosen for their refreshing and pure characters.
    An old whisky aged at least 18 years in american white oak,  to bring richness and complexity.
    A young whisky very peated, named Heavily peated, aged around 12 years in bourbon barrels which will give a slightly smoky note.

    Bottled at 43% of volume, Hakushu Distiller's Reserve contains a few whiskys aged in sherry casks to meet the signature of the distillery and give complexity to single malt.

    from suntory

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