Expression: Hakushu - no age statement
Price: 3,150 yen
Nose: Earthy, mint, lime milkshake, sweet, hints of faint smoke that is initially hidden but rolls out after opening up. With a drop of water sherbet (Wizz Fizz – flavoured sweet powder) becomes noticeable along with dusty wood, pine perhaps.
Taste: Citrus: lime, touch of aniseed, abundance of fresh mint: mojito, after water a touch of cloves, spice and a tease of smoke.
Finish: Silky, complex, initial splash of spice and cloves with prolonged mint. Pleasantly mouth numbing. Water turns this gem into a semi spice driven ride with a licorice mouth feel.
Comment: Divine; warm it up in your hands first. I’ve never stuck my nose in any other dram before as long as this…interesting. Not your typical Hakushu but just as rewarding. Spend a long time with it. Experiment with water for complexity.
Reviewed by Clint A