Friday, February 4, 2011

Hakushu 1985 Vintage Malt

Distilled: 1985 - Bottled: 2004 - ABV: 56%

Nose: Ripe banana, dusty wood, intense and powering, a slight whiff of pine cones.

Taste: Slight hint of smoke; first mouthful a bit dry, oak spice, fennel or perhaps a slight trace of aniseed, tinned cherries.

Finish: Vanilla and spice, long and earthy. Would prefer a bit more smoke to stimulate my tongue; builds up to a mouthwatering malt.

Balance:  Warming, complex, a massive alcohol punch.

Comments: Would like to get amongst this malt a bit more and sit on it for longer than I did on this occasion. Possibly an updated review in time to come.

Reviewed by Clint A

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