Whisky Review: Hakushu Sherry Cask 2014

Style: Sweet and Elegant Nose: Brilliant mix of forest fruits, pine and raisins. Tree sap and green grass flickering charmingly. Deeper hides an inkling of smoke and malt, spotless cucumbers and cereal notes rising from the back. Palate: Delicious raisins land with perfect weight. Sweetness of pears, dark cherries and oranges congregate at the fore.…

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First Impression: Hakushu Owner’s Cask 2B 40276

[57%・Distilled in 1992・Bottled in 2011・Original Bottling・Single Cask Release of 253 Bottles] Nose: Wood shaves and glue initially for a moment, but henceforth it rewards with a wood fired toasted marshmallow note that transpires basic happiness.  The sweetness from the fruits has been muted but the freshness has been harnessed, with a brush of woodiness laid…

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First Impression: Hakushu Sherry Cask 2014 Release

The nose fares subtle at first, prunes simmering away with a background presence of smoked barley. Crafted with finesse, the sherry led creaminess gives way to bright stone fruits, held together with just a brush of glue. Rich salted caramel on the palate with the fragrant elements from the cask slowly unfolding. The brightness spikes before reverting to…

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First Impression: Hakushu 25 Years Old No. 2297

A.K.A. “One fine picnic date” A lovely merging of pine, cucumber, vanilla and subtly oaky smoke on the nose. A slight earthiness and delicately smoked bacon on the backend. On the palate, honey, cucumber, green apples and sugar cured cucumbers. A soft finish of spices. Such class and elegance. Silky pasture, a tender touch of…

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