A perennial favourite and a must-try for anyone interested in discovering Japanese whisky. Hakushu is owned by Suntory, founders of the first Japanese distillery, Yamazaki. The original Hakushu distillery was built in 1973, with another distillery building called Hakushu Higashi (west) added in 1981. PACKAGING VARIES! Nose: fresh fruit, apple green, lemongrass, and a little smoke Palate: green apple, dark caramel, caramelized sugar, charcoal, spinach, mash Finish: woody / hay, molasses, dark muddy berries, bit of green vegetable, a bit of burnt sugar, faint citrus.