Hakushu 1997, Bot. 2009, Cask No. BJ40958
Colour: straw. Nose: a rather fragrant nose, with a good deal of vanilla and sweet oak blend with hints of porridge, ale, orange zests and old roses and lilac. I was expecting a little peat but there’s none so far. With water: it got unexpectedly shyer, as if water had closed it down. Maybe a little more butterscotch. Mouth (neat): sweet, fruity, powerful. Pineapple drops, tea, ginger, pepper. With water: gets sweeter, rounder and even more ‘modern’. Vanilla and ginger plus a little coconut. Finish: medium long, simple, clean, sweet. Comments: an unpeated Hakushu, state of the art modern whisky. Could be any Speysider matured for ten or twelve years in first fill oak. Good malt whisky but this isn’t exactly why we’re into whisky. SGP:441 - 80 points.
Tasting note by Serge Valentine Whiskyfun