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Scotch Malt Whisky Society Hakushu 1981, 21 Years Old, 120.1 Tasting notes and reviews

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Scotch Malt Whisky Society Hakushu 1981, 21 Years Old, 120.1

Brand
Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Expression
Hakushu 1981, 21 Years Old, 120.1
Type
Japanese Whisky ~ Single Malt
Age
21 years old
Abv
60.70%
Vintage
1981
Produced at
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (Scotland) ~ Hakushu Higashi Distillery
Website
www.smws.com
Availability
SMWS members from Autumn/Winter 2003

Michael Jackson

85
Nose
Very dry, leafy and earthy.
Palate
Light but firm and smooth. Dry. Like leaves of cilantro or garden mint on a crème brûlée. Some vanilla, some oakiness.
Finish
Spicy but soothing.
Comment
A very enigmatic malt. Lighter in body but drier and more assertive in flavour than Yamazaki. A digestif.

Dave Broom

77
Nose
Toasty, oaky, extractive: spices, hot sawdust, nutmeg, apple skin butterscotch, pine.
Palate
The weight of the spirit manages to cope with the lashings of oak. Good weight and power. Red fruits, cherry, leafy.
Finish
Oaky.
Comment
A lot of oak on the nose, but has good balance.
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