Korosue, the dedicated whisky retail outlet I frequently visit and recommend in Kobe, now have back in stock and available for order, exceptional malt from the Hakushu distillery. The “ Heavily Peated” NAS expression is once again back; the 2010 release that has a limited production of 2000 bottles can be purchased for 8,190 yen (around $95). The 2009 release rose to fame when it won gold medal at the International Spirits Challenge (ISC), since then this gem can be quite an adventure to track down. Bottled at 48 percent and non-chill filtered, this moderately peated Hakushu does not disappoint (Hakushu never does). Slightly creamy, with an abundance of welcoming smoke, this very deep and flavoursome malt is around only while stocks last. Details of the store can be found here.
Image kindly obtained from the Korosue website. Thank you.