Hakushu 1997, Bot. 2007, Cask No. BD40264
Colour: straw. Nose: again, more or less the same whisky, with a little more ginger and nutmeg. Maybe a tad plankish. With water: really the same as BD40259 with water. Mouth (neat): once again, kit’s more or less the same whisky as its two siblings. There are tiny differences but you really have to go from one whisky to the other back and forth to spot them and you never know what’s only your mind’s work. So… With water: a little more individuality in this one. Early grey tea, peppermint. Other than that, vanilla, ginger and nutmeg. Finish: rather long, oaky, a little greener than the other. Comments: wood technology at its peak. Flawless whiskies but they’re all so well ‘controlled and managed’ that they’re all more or less the same. Consistency may well be an asset, but maybe not with single casks? SGP:441 - 81 points.
Tasting note by Serge Valentine Whiskyfun