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Hakushu Heavily Peated 2012 due at end of June

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Suntory announced May 29 that it will release the 2012 version of its Hakushu heavily peated single malt across Japan on June 26. There will be 4,200 bottles and will cost about 9,000 yen for 700ml. This is a sequel to the successful 2012 sherry cask bottling earlier…

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Suntory announced May 29 that it will release the 2012 version of its Hakushu heavily peated single malt across Japan on June 26. There will be 4,200 bottles and will cost about 9,000 yen for 700ml. This is a sequel to the successful 2012 sherry cask bottling earlier this year.

Can I just raise a question here? Given the discussion on Nonjatta in recent months/weeks about the prices being charged for very limited bottlings of rare Karuizawa etc. by small companies that have to expend significant expertise and effort in making the deals that make these Japanese whiskies available outside Japan, what do we think about the prices of these “mainstream” single malts that seem to be selling very well at high prices despite the lack of a clear age statement?

Am I missing something here? The way I see it, I cannot find the clarity on the age of the whisky that I would expect from a 9,000-yen bottle.

Does the lack of age constraints allow a freer hand in making a delicious whisky and/or is it convenient for distillers try to deal with a lack of stock (1,2) while slaking the evident thirst for high quality Japanese whisky?

Tipped off on this by WhiskyMag Japan on twitter.

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