Suntory Hakushu 12 Year Old Japanese single malt whiskey. From Suntory’s mountain distillery, nestled deep in the forests of Mt. Kaikomagatake.
Nose: basil, pine needle, green apple.
Palate: sweet pear, mint, kiwi.
Finish: green tea, subtle smoke.
Hakushu whisky distillery was established west of Tokyo on the main island of Honsh? in the Hakushu Forest at an altitude of 700m where it benefits from the cooler environment. There are two distilleries on the site, the original Hakushu West distillery was opened in 1973 to produce whisky for blending but closed in the mid 1990s, and the Hakushu East distillery which opened in 1981 for the production of single malt whisky. The West distillery housed twenty-four stills in various shapes and sizes. The East distillery is home to wooden washbacks and a dozen stills of wondrous dimensions, including one still which is attached to a square worm tub, enabling a considerable range of styles of Hakushu single malt whiskies to be produced.