Hakushu Distillery Exclusive – American Oak & Spanish Oak Peated Malt (180ml)

180 ml / 48%
Note: Bottling number varies.

¥17,200

The Hakushu Distillery released Hakushu Distillery Exclusive – American Oak & Spanish Oak Peated Malt, a limited-edition single malt in 2024. This exclusive bottling featured a peated malt for a smoky base, matured in American and Spanish oak casks. It offered a complex flavor profile with smoke, vanilla, caramel, citrus, and hints of fruit, nut, and spice. Available only at the distillery, it was a unique expression of Hakushu’s innovative spirit.

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Hakushu Distillery Exclusive – American Oak & Spanish Oak Peated Malt Bottling Note

In 2024, the Hakushu Distillery released a distillery exclusive single malt, “Hakushu Distillery Exclusive – American Oak & Spanish Oak Peated Malt.” This distillery-exclusive expression marked a departure from their usual offerings, showcasing a bolder profile achieved through peated malt and unique cask maturation.

Unlike their classic expressions known for delicate floral notes, citrus, and pine smoke, the 2024 Exclusive embraced smokiness as its foundation. This distinctive character, a rarity for Hakushu, was built upon by utilizing peated malt during distillation. The whisky then matured in a combination of American oak casks, known for imparting vanilla, caramel, and spice, and ex-Spanish sherry casks, contributing rich flavors of dark fruit, nutty sweetness, and hints of cinnamon. This unique cask selection resulted in a complex and intriguing whisky available only at the Hakushu Distillery.

The interplay between the peated malt, American oak, and Spanish oak casks resulted in a captivating flavor profile. The nose offered a gentle smokiness interwoven with familiar notes of vanilla and caramel from the American oak. Hints of citrus, a hallmark of Hakushu, added complexity. As the whisky opened up, deeper notes of toasted almonds and cinnamon emerged, hinting at the influence of the Spanish oak casks.

This limited-edition Hakushu Distillery Exclusive showcased the distillery’s innovative spirit and commitment to crafting exceptional single malts. Its availability only through the Hakushu Distillery made it a coveted bottle for enthusiasts seeking a unique and flavorful whisky experience.

Hakushu Distillery Exclusive – American Oak & Spanish Oak Peated Malt Tasting Note

Nose: Gentle smoke reminiscent of a crisp autumn campfire opens the experience. Hints of vanilla and caramel, hallmarks of American oak casks, weave beneath the smokiness. A whisper of citrus, a signature Hakushu note, adds intrigue. As it breathes, deeper aromas of toasted almonds and cinnamon emerge, hinting at the influence of the ex-Spanish sherry casks.

Palate: Smoke takes center stage, more pronounced than on the nose but well-integrated. It harmonizes with the familiar sweetness of vanilla and caramel from the American oak, creating a decadent character. Subtle notes of dark fruit (plum, raisin) and a touch of spicy warmth from the sherry casks dance on the tongue. The signature Hakushu hint of pine smoke emerges mid-palate, adding complexity and grounding the experience in Hakushu’s heritage.

Finish: Long and satisfying, the finish allows the various elements to play out gracefully. Smoke gradually fades, leaving a lingering sweetness of caramel and hints of dark fruit. A touch of cinnamon lingers on the breath, a final whisper from the Spanish oak casks.

Overall: This Hakushu Distillery Exclusive is a unique and captivating whisky. The combination of American and ex-Spanish sherry cask maturation adds unexpected complexity. The result is a smoky and sweet whisky with hints of fruit, spice, and the signature Hakushu pine smoke character. This limited-edition distillery-exclusive release is a must-try for any whisky enthusiast seeking a unique and innovative dram.

Product details

Weight 1.0 kg
Name

Hakushu Distillery Exclusive – American Oak & Spanish Oak Peated Malt

Distillery/Brand

Hakushu Distillery / Suntory

Classification

Japanese Whisky

Style

Single Malt

Region

Yamanashi, Japan

Age

NAS (No Age Statement)

Cask Type

American Oak and Spanish Oak

Volume

180 ml

Alcohol

48% ABV

Released

2024

Availability

Hakushu Distillery Exclusive

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