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Hakushu 1989, Bot. 2005, Cask No. 9W50004

Photo of Hakushu 1989, Bot. 2005, Cask No. 9W50004
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Colour: mahogany. Nose: starts just on plain, pure, crisp sherry, with a most enjoyable freshness and no ‘thickness’ whatsoever. Superb notes of high-end coffee, old orange liqueur (Grand Marnier’s special cuvees), fruit jam (but it’s not the cloying kind of jam), high quality chocolate… Goes on with lots of armagnac soaked prunes, very old sweet wine (like Rivesaltes or Maury), Smyrna raisins... I must say I don’t quite get where the malt is in there but the sherry is absolutely perfect. Delicious sweetmeat! Mouth: granted, it’s a bit pungent at that strength but so perfectly sherried. Most importantly, there’s no rubber, no sourness, no roughness, just plain, pure crisp sherry (I insist). Let’s see what happens with a few drops of water now (while the nose gets even more delicious): it really starts to resemble the very best armagnacs (best from Gelas or private cuvees from Domaine du Bouté). Thick, creamy, extremely satisfying and totally flawless… I think I fell in love with this one. Perfection made in Japan, even if I’d call this an armasky – or a whiskgnac. 93 points(and thanks, Bert and Ho-cheng)

Tasting note by Serge Valentine Whiskyfun

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