Hakushu Distiller's Reserve

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Malt Whisky
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Japanese Label
Added on
18 May 2014 10:04 am by Alex1976

Average value

€ 82.30

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37 × member ratings

102 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Hakushu Distiller's Reserve

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.71 points

  1. KyotoLefty scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    700 ml bottle for ¥4100+tax.
    Appearance: Slightly darker than straw golden. Oily.

    Nose: Hay, caramel, light smoke, apple, oak, lemon, vanilla. Touch of dill / fennel. Just a touch of berries.

    Palate: Woody, straw, light smoke, lemon, pepper, tannin, young and a bit rough.

    Finish: Hot, peppery, tannic. Not particularly pleasant. A bit buttery.

    With Water: More vanilla and toffee, honey. Sweetness comes out a little. Still quite hot and tannic.

    Overall: Not bad, but definitely shows its young age. Smoke is low, alcohol heat and tannic bitterness is high. I am not particularly impressed, and not really worth the retail price, let alone the premium. Disappointing after how good the 18 y.o. was.

  2. tangtang scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    The nose is completely different than the taste and finish.
    Still quite ok and quite suitable for frequent enjoyment, for example at dinner.
    Also interesting for beginners.
    • Nose
      78 78
      Fruity melon, sweet with vanilla and nutmeg, spicy
    • Taste
      82 82
      Grapefruit, citrus, malty, sweet fruity, a little oily and a little smoke
    • Finish
      78 78
      malty sweet with vanilla and light smoke, spicy

  3. Blindbob scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    Not a bad drinking whisky. Paid forty pounds for it from a supermarket in the UK and still thought it was on expensive side for what it is. Would have scored it higher if it had been twenty quid.

  4. karloff scored this whisky 80 points Specialist

    This was a gift from a mate who went to Japan. 
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      78 78

  5. karloff scored this whisky 80 points Specialist

    Quite an enjoyable dram for a NAS, nothing spectacular, just an everyday, anytime malt to enjoy with friends. 
    • Nose
      Lots of mixed fruit, more fresh than tinned, apple, pear and ripe banana. Rice krispies cereal, a bouquet of flowers, vanilla and creme brulee. 
    • Taste
      Again quite fruity,smooth and refreshing, the smoke just lingers in the background nicely. Pear drops sweets, a bit of ginger biscuit and fresh red melon. 
    • Finish
      A medium sweet and fruity finish with some smoke on the death. 

  6. JacobaEd scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  7. maltaholic scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Very mild aroma, hardly noticeable smoke. Also rather fruity in taste, no smoke, slightly vanilla, very pleasant.

  8. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      vanilla/almond extract, grass jelly, musk, very light floral, citrus malt, slight hint of smoke
    • Taste
      light start then evolves into heavy and syrupy sweet grass jelly / almond. full flavor with oak and smoke
    • Finish
      short-medium, fruit and oaky sweet with light smoke. almonds and nuts at the back

  9. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      83 83

  10. Vince scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    This is a malt that typifies Japan.  If you add some hot water to it and smell it, you'd be hard-pressed to differentiate between this and Sake.  Very similar sweet, floral smell and almost too smooth--not very complex at this point.  However, quality of distillate is beyond question.


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