Hakushu 1994, Bot. 2005, Cask No. 4Z05405
Colour: pale gold. Nose: starts quite bourbonny but not only. Rather bold, hugely vanilled and oaky (carpenter’s workshop). It reminds me of some recent Glenmorangies (truffle oak, Missouri and so on). It gets then quite spicier (cinnamon, curry, lots of nutmeg again), with notes of sandalwood, incense, ripe strawberries, bananas again…. I must say I like this one, the wood being very present but quite perfectly integrated. Ah, yes, also hints of old roses… Mouth: powerful and playful, the wood and the fruits having mingled quite perfectly here. Quite close to some bourbons in fact, just not as sweet and vanilled. The oak gives a rather huge but soft spiciness. Quite some apple compote as well, white pepper, grilled bananas… And a long, balanced, spicy – oaky finish. This one is very oaky but not too oaky. I liked it.86 points.
Tasting note by Serge Valentine Whiskyfun