Hakushu Distiller’s Reserve
Bottle: Same as the Yamazaki Distiller’s reserve but with green glass instead of brown. Simple, unassuming, minimalist and clean. I’m a sucker for a bit of Kanji even if I don’t have a clue what it means. Looks good on the label.
Nose: Semillon, kiwi fruit, freshly sawed pine, cucumber. Quite light and fresh.
Body: Light and silky.
Palate: Melon, midori liqueur, mint, grapefruit and a little smoke in the tail to round it out.
Finish: Mint mouthwash, green apple peel, light smoke, pine again. A touch flat in the end, lacks some depth.
Neat/Ice/Water: This is so light that to water it would ruin the dram. Neat every time.
Verdict: Average. This no age statement dram is very distinctive. Very green all the way through (the label is telling me this distillery is surrounded by forest so that fits). Light, fresh and zesty. I can’t think of any whiskies quite like it and it has a totally different character to the Yamazaki Distiller’s Reserve, which I much prefer. It certainly isn’t bad and I suspect many others will like it more than I do. It’s a little flat in my book for all it’s clean green notes but it doesn’t speak to me so I doubt I’d buy it again.