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However, considering this whisky is Japanese affects my rating of it. For them to produce a whisky of this standard is commendable indeed. In fact, I dare say I would purchase a bottle of this in the future to add to my collection. I feel it would be a good one to entice beginners with.
p.s. I think it was "Yamazaki Single Malt 12"on the label, but I noticed another bottle of Suntory at the bar which had a very similar label, 12 year old single malt, but the word "PURE" took prominence on the label. Does anyone know what the difference between these two are?
If it was Suntory Single Malt, then the distillery it comes from is unknown. (A bit like Glentromie Single Malt in Scotland......there's no such distillery as Glentromie, the malt could come from anywhere).
Suntory do release blends and vatted (or pure) malts under their name, so this is quite likely.
Alternatively, the Yamazaki Single Malt would have come from the Yamazaki distillery. Recent releases from this distillery have attracted very favourable reviews, not least from the Whisky Magazine staff.
I think the local SMWS branch over here is sold out, but there may still be a few bottles available overseas?
A very nice dram.
As you can see the Hakushu listing is very small... and laid out rather different than your typical Scotch label. The name of the Company, Suntory (A huge company!) is large, with the distillery, Hakushu, much smaller.
A really fine whisky, sound like the one you're discribing. To me its somewhat like Glenmorangie, with a hint of peat... it has that fruitiness.
Next time you see the bottle, take a closer look... I got this one from Royal Mile Whiskies in London, UK, a friend picked it up for me.
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williammackinnon wrote:........ However, considering this whisky is Japanese affects my rating of it. For them to produce a whisky of this standard is commendable indeed. In fact, I dare say I would purchase a bottle of this in the future to add to my collection. I feel it would be a good one to entice beginners with.
Don't take this the wrong way as it is not meant as a personal rebuke but I think you are being a small bit prejudiced towards the Japanesse whiskies. Japanesse whiskey is on a par with Scotch in quality and taste and not a grade below. You have some great Japanesse expressions but the problem is trying to decypher what is what. Just like you have some great scotch expressions and then others which are not very interesting so do the Japanesse. Jim Murray has even suggested that the Japanesse may be producing some of the best whiskies in the world for the future after seeing their approach to whiskey making and tasting what they already have on offer. Dismiss them at your peril Problem is we do not get a decent selection and the ones we do are highly priced. So from that point of view it is probably hard to make a definitive judgement.
The Japanese are like this in everything... if they are going to do something, they will do it RIGHT!
I can't speak for all of the Japanese whiskies, but the ones I've tried, they need no extra points for being from Japan. They can stand on their own.
If you still disagree, and you're in the neighbourhood, stop by. I'll gladly share a dram of my Hakushu 12yo with you anytime... and I'd be really surprised if anyone could look me in the eye and tell me that it doesn't measure up, even after just one sip...
I finished the bottle yesterday and the last few drams were disgusting. As has been discussed to death on the forum, certain whiskies are more prone to the effects of oxidation.
Suntory clearly is very vulnerable. Knock it back as soon as you can after opening the bottle.
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Recently I've been staring at a couple of bottles which are for someone else and they make me want one of my own so I may pick up a 10yo. The bottle and box are really nice packaging. I never save bottles or boxes (well, sometimes my wife saves nice boxes before they go in the trash) but this one I might save if I buy one.
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