Suntory Hakushu 18 Year old (43%)

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Suntory Hakushu 18 Year old (43%)

Postby numen » Sun Jun 29, 2014 2:48 pm

Well, I've been able to sip, carefully, a few drips of stuff at a time, and received a slew of wonderful samples of Japanese whisky, so here's the start of some tasting notes!

from a sample from a friend

Nose: Crystallized sugar sweet malt and rich soft, yellow fruit. Lemon, peaches, and glazed apricots. Orange zest and fruit-wax. Sweet young calvados/green apple. With time, the apples become far more prominent and dominant. Eventually, a faint smoke and verdant trees in a damp forest emerge.

Palate: Pleasant and easy enough. Maybe even too easy. Rather silky and on heavy cream. No real oomph. Honey, apple slices, vanilla, lemon, waxy sweet lemons. Soft and sweet ginger, a little salt. Fairly simple and linear. This strikes me more as a dessert malt or calming digestif.

Finish: Clear and precise. Smattering of yellow citric tropical fruit, not always distinct, malt, zest, and even more residual cream film. Very enjoyable and clearly very well made, if only wanting for just a bit more 'there' there really. B+

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