Suntory Hakushu 12 Year Old
HAKUSHU 12 YEAR OLD, lightly peated and very delicate in its flavor profile. The light and fruity style of the whisky is quite similar to the Yamazaki 12, but the smoke really makes up for the lack of richness. Because most of Japan drinks their younger malts with ice and water, the Hakushu is definitely another whisky designed for that purpose
This has won the Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and the Gold Medal at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in 2010 and 2009.
88 points Whisky Advocate
"Well-rounded, solid malt backbone, and very drinkable. These are the main characteristics of this impressive blend. Honeysuckle, vanilla-coated malt and fruit (pineapple upside down cake, lemon tart, plum, bramble) are the primary flavors. Ripe barley, marzipan, beeswax, and clove round out the palate. Gentle, soothing finish. Suntory can make a 12 year old blend this good with just two malt distilleries? Scotland, are you taking notice?"