Posted 07 June 2018
The discontinuation of Hakushu 12 year old shouldn’t really come as a surprise to anyone – the stock pressure on virtually all Japanese whisky is already well reported, and this particular expression had seen its availability become limited over the last couple of years. And yet, I’m still a little melancholy about it – not because it is my favourite Japanese expression, but because it was my first. Way back when, Hakushu 12 year old was my earliest experience of whisky procuded outside of Scotland, and at the time, I remember being quite stunned not only by the differences I found between this and the Scottish single malts I’d been tasting, but also, importantly, the by the similarities. It was the catalyst that lead me to explore the category further.