Hakushu Distillery – Towering Above The Competition

Hakushu is the highest operational distillery in Japan, towering over its competitors at a height of more than 2000 feet above sea-level. It is a Suntory distillery and, while not quite as globally famous as Yamazaki, the quality of single malt whisky produced here is nothing short of outstanding.

Hakushu is known to use one of the most pristine water supplies in the whole of Japan, drawn from reserves at the base of Mount Kai Komagatake. The water here has a very low mineral content and is much softer than that found elsewhere in the country, and this helps the distillery to create a refreshing, crisp and well-balanced range of expressions.

Many of the whiskies created here are lightly peated, giving peat lovers the perfect ‘in’ to the world of Japanese whisky. On top of receiving the recognition of critics, experts and fans around the world, the distillery’s expressions have also picked up a whole host of awards that highlight the effective processes and expertise of those behind their whisky production.

Masterfully Crafted Whisky

It’s hard to pick a winner from Hakushu’s varied range, but the 18 Year Old has to be right up there. This is a whisky that is so smooth, well-balanced and complex that it comes incredibly close to perfection. Made up from a selection of carefully matured whisky, that has been under the eagle-eye of the master distiller for at least 18 years, this refreshing dram has it all.

Elegant & Complex Flavors

Both sherry influences and bourbon influences can be detected through rich fruits, citrus, honey, apricots and sweet dark chocolate. These are all supported by that lightly peated character that also brings slight floral notes to the table. The peat opens up with more time spent in the glass and a little burst of lemon juice makes itself known too. All the while, very gentle cinnamon and cloves hide in the background, but they’re certainly detectable to a trained nose.


Suntory Whisky

5 reviews for Suntory Hakushu 18 Year Old

  1. 5 out of 5

    Michael Barger

    Aromatic and Complex: Suntory Hakushu 18 Year Old has a rich and complex aroma that is a combination of peat smoke, floral notes, and a hint of fruit. The experience is further enhanced by the smooth and well-balanced flavor profile.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Moses Weisberg

    Smooth and Silky Finish: The 18-year-old expression of Suntory Hakushu is known for its silky smooth finish that leaves a warm and satisfying feeling in the mouth.

  3. 5 out of 5

    William Arnold

    High-Quality Ingredients: The premium whisky is made using only the finest ingredients, including crystal-clear spring water sourced from the Southern Japanese Alps, and the finest barley.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jeffery Huntsberry

    Expert Craftsmanship: Suntory Hakushu 18 Year Old is a product of expert craftsmanship and a meticulous distillation process that involves aging the whisky in oak casks for 18 years. The result is a product that is rich in flavor, smooth in texture, and has a complex aroma.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Martin Bull

    The Suntory Hakushu 18 Year Old is a versatile whisky that can be enjoyed on its own, with a splash of water, or mixed into cocktails. This versatility makes it an ideal choice for whisky lovers who are looking for a premium experience.

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