So writing a weekly weekly blog is more than a past time. This new transition is an adventure and a growing passion for flavours and experiences. I have been blessed with a pretty solid starter pack…that varies from light and smooth to deep and peaty smoky. This stock pile has reached it’s nadir.
This post is brought to you by a kind and thoughtful reader, and again this review is a reprisal from the tasting from 2 weeks ago.
So let’s give this tipple it’s due.
Hakushu 12yr, a Suntory staple; represents a different offering from your average Japanese whisky. It seems to try to embody a narrative that is more akin to the Islay island scotches. Straight off the bat the perfume that hits the nose is loaded with evergreen and sliced apples. The back end reveals a citrusy medicinal quality.
Once on the palate the Japanese style hems through…It’s a clear dram; notes develop clearly independent of each other. The medicinal citrusy notes start on the front of the palate with the body coming from the oak barrel. And on the first sip this seems to be the whole story however with subsequent tastes a clear hidden taste of smokiness reveals itself, but only as long as it lingers in the mouth. The mouthfeel is complimented with a clear film that dissipates once you swallow.
The finish is lacking staying power. It’s there and then it’s gone. But it’s enough to warrant going back for more.
Maintaining this weekly production is a pleasure, however the well is starting to run dry. So when my friend said she would drop of a bottle so that is could get another chance to better make observations I thought it would be a dram on the go. Instead:
an interesting option, certainly more economical option, also it’s really cute.