The Suntory Hakushu Distiller's Reserve Single Malt Whisky is a fresh, "green" and subtly smoky Japanese single malt whisky. It comes from one of the highest distilleries in the world, located amidst forests in the Yamanashi Mountains in Japan's Southern Alps.
The Suntory Hakushu Distiller's Reserve impresses with its golden yellow colour and its unique taste, which reflects the purity of the nature in which the distillery is located. At first you taste hints of lime and green apples, but also of damp leafy soil, pear, vanilla and subtle smoke. It has an even and crisp balance, is full of liveliness and freshness and gives itself fruity on the nose with notes of white pepper, melon, cucumber and herbs. The stimulating finish consists of lime, almond and peach notes and a hint of dried oak. This is the NAS (No Age Statement) version of the Hakushu.
The Hakushu distillery was opened in 1973 amidst the forests of Kaikomagatake Mountain in the southern Japanese Alps. Due to its mountain location, it is one of the highest distilleries in the world. With its 24 stills, the distillery is also the largest distillery in the world and has an annual capacity of 26 million litres. Due to the different shapes of stills, many different flavours of whisky are distilled at the Haksuhu distillery. The distillery uses extremely pure water that is filtered through millennia-old granite rock. The Hakushu distillery is Suntory's second major whisky distillery alongside the Yamazki distillery.
Aroma: Fresh and fruity with lime and green apples, a hint of lemon and smoke.
Taste: Fruity, white pepper, complex with some oak.
Finish: Long and lingering, fruity with some smoke.
Net quantity: 700 ml
Alk.: 43% vol
Dispensing only to persons of full age
Suntory is one of the five largest spirits producers in the world and Japan's largest whisky producer with a market share of 70 percent. The company was founded in 1899 by Shinjiro Torii and is one of the oldest in the distribution of alcoholic beverages. Originally Suntory was a brewery and distillery, but the business areas have been steadily expanded. Today Suntory produces almost everything from coffee and soft drinks to fine wines, alcopops, beer, ice cream and flowers. The company is based in Osaka. In April 2014, Suntory bought out the spirits giant Beam Inc. for 13.6 billion dollars. Since then, the company has been represented in Germany as Beam Suntory. The Suntory Group includes brands such as Laphroaig, Marker's Mark, Canadian Club, Sauza Tequila and the German winery Robert Weil. However, Suntory is known beyond Japan for its excellent whiskies such as Yamazaki and Hibiki. The Yamazaki Single Malt was launched in 1984 and won the gold medal at the International Spirit Competition (ISC) in Great Britain for the first time in 2003. Since then it has been celebrated as the best-selling Japanese Single Malt. Suntory ISC has already received the coveted "Distiller of the Year" award several times in a row. Nowadays, the company can hardly be saved from prizes for its great whiskies. Suntory also became famous through the film "Lost in Translation" by Sofia Coppola with Bill Murray in the leading role. This is where the famous quote "For relaxing times make it Suntory time!" came from, which Bill Murray had to recite in a commercial for Hibiki 17. Many people claim that this was the beginning of the boom after Japanese whisky.