Hakushu - 43%
Another whisky from the Suntory group after being born from high demand in Japanese whisky after World War II. the new Hakushu Distillery was built to deal with the surge in demand.
Hakushu is Japan's highest distillery after being 2000ft (700m) above sea level and is hidden in the middle of a forest at the foothills of Mount Kai-Komagatake. This provides a perfect set up to produce whisky as water from the mountain springs is readily available. Hakushu means 'white sand bank' and apparently this refers to the white sand and stones which are found in the local streams.
NOSE - Crisp, light, nuts, barley and hay with sweetness
TASTE - Barley malt, smoky, citrus zest with hints of spice
APPEARANCE - Light gold