The gold standard in smoky Japanese single malt, Hakushu 12 year begins with a hint of misty peat and herbs followed by aromas of green apple, honeycomb, and toasted almond. The palate is where the smoky tone really shines, layering with buttered toast and tropical fruits. The smoke continues through the finish accented nicely by an elegant fruity quality. The whisky gods have determined this stuff is too good, and it’s not available often, so take advantage while you can!
**One bottle limit per customer**
In 1923 Shinjiro Torii, the founder of the beverage giant Suntory and the father of Japanese whisky, built Japan's first malt whisky distillery in the Vale of Yamazaki. In 1973, the company's second distillery, Hakushu was built in the forest on the slopes of Mount Kaikoma, in the Yamanashi Prefecture 225 miles northeast of the Yamazaki distillery. Pristine water, from the rushing Ojira River, is the key ingredient in the malts of Hakushu, which tend to be peated, to augment the line of un-peated whiskies Suntory produces at Yamazaki. As with everything the Suntory company does, Hakushu malts come with an unparalleled dedication to quality.