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Hakushu 'Sherry Cask'

(48%, OB, NAS, 2012*)
Average Score: 89
Bottle Profile
TypeJapanese Whiskies
Bottler Official Bottling
Brand NameHakushu
Bottling NameSherry Cask
Alcohol By Volume48%
Issued2012*
Average Score89


Maniac Ratings
Robert Karlsson91
Konstantin Grigoriadis86
Ho-cheng Yao90
Krishna Nukala90
David Wankel91
Keith Wood91
Oliver Klimek85


Tasting Notes
Robert KarlssonBig big amounts of sherry wood influence here. But still with an unusual coastalness on top of it. Seasalt? And hints of sweet berries too. Special. The taste mirrors this also. Sherry and a fresh intermingled note. Hm, intriguing and quite tasty indeed. Fresh yet massive, an almost impossible combination.
Keith WoodGlass: Classic Malt - Colour: Not far removed from ebony - Nose: Now this is rich, starting with a colour not far removed from ebony to the suggestions of antique oak and leather immediately predominant on the nose. There's even a slight suggestion of wood smoke in the background whilst retaining a surprising freshness and clarity. With time in the glass an almost, but not quite, perfumed character develops. Wonderful indeed so far. - Palate: It positively explodes with big, rich, bold, even extravagant rich dark fruitiness accompanied by toasted coconut macaroons dipped in milk chocolate - Finish: Let's say all of the nose and palate in a delightfully never-ending way. - Overall Impression: What a star it is too. Big, bold, massively extravagant and yet with an underlying lightly perfumed character alongside the rich leatheriness and fruitiness on the nose. The toasted coconut macaroon effect was a delight which immediately transported me to Alsace. Meanwhile, did I just use that word "Great" it certainly is.
Oliver KlimekColour: Dark copper - Nose: Sweet cherries, prunes, toasted nuts, hints of dark chocolate and polished oak, allspice and hints of cinnamon. - Palate: Christmas pudding with brandy butter, orange zest, dark chocolate, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. - Finish: Long and fruity with dry spices. - Overall: This is a rather typical sherry bomb, hard to tell that it is from Japan. The nose beats the palate, but it is a high quality whisky overall.