When it comes to Japanese whisky, Suntory is the undisputed king of consistency. Over the years, the brewing giant has created countless blends that have delighted consumers around the world. Western drinkers can’t seem to get enough of Suntory’s attention to detail and craftsmanship. All of their whiskies are brewed with care, and one of the most impressive variants is the Hakushu Distiller’s Reserve whisky.
Crafted at Suntory’s Hakushu distillery on Mount Kaikomagatake, the Distiller’s Reserve comes from a long line of flavoursome whiskies. The distillery makes use of the rich Hakushu water that creates a gentler taste in contrast to the harder flavour of the Yamazaki distillery.
The fermenting process of Hakushu whisky involves using heat preserving wooden washbacks and a variety of different pot stills and casks. Then, the drinks are shipped out all over the world and I happened to come across the Hakushu Distiller’s Reserve in a nightclub called Lost in Tokyo in Manchester.
Sweet and soft flavours
On smelling the whisky, I found it had a grassy scent that struck me as different to other Japanese whiskies I’ve tasted in the past. After tasting the drink, I picked up flavours of mint, cucumber and fruit. Each flavour unfurled on my tongue, building up slowly over time.
I also enjoyed the fact that the Distiller’s Reserve was so easy to drink. It had a smooth quality that chimed well with the ice in my glass. Whereas some whiskies leave behind a fiery aftertaste, the Hakushu went down as easily as a bottle of Peroni. Another important note was the clean sensation. I found the drink gave my palate a sense of freshness that I’ve not experienced before with whisky.
In conclusion, the Hakushu Distiller’s Reserve is a highly herbaceous single malt whisky that’s easy to drink, fresh to the taste and packed with fruity flavour. Buy a bottle and discover how good it is for yourself.
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