Suntory Hakushu Distillery Hogshead 1996

Another one from the line up of our Japanese whisky tasting that we had in April.  Suntory’s Hakushu Distillery puts out some solid expressions that I really like so this one had a lot to live up to.

Hakushu Hogshead 1996 ~$120
Distilled 1996, Bottled 2008 at 62%ABV
Bottle 607/100

Color:  Bright golden yellow

Nose:  Honey sweetness, floral and bright, the alcohol makes its presence known, pears, coconut, oily, fresh pine needles

Palate:  Oily, buttery, big oak and malt presence, alcohol is overpowering.  With some water – powdered sugar, more ripe sweet golden apples, after letting it sit for awhile: strong oak spice, honey comb and oak char

Finish:  Long and spicey

Comments:  Very vibrant, fresh and powerful but pretty one dimensional.  I had higher hopes for this one but it just fell short for me.  Not a bad whisky but something missing.  And at $120/bottle there really shouldn’t be anything missing in my opinion.  – Chris  

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2 responses to “Suntory Hakushu Distillery Hogshead 1996

  1. Dog

    Thanks for this write-up – the only one I could find. Just picked up a bottle so I hope you’re selling it short!

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