The Distiller's Reserve is a fresh single malt originated by the Japanese distillery of Hakushu. The whisky has been created to showcase the characteristics and qualities of Hakushu's young, slightly peated single malts.
These have been emphasized by blending with older severely peated malt and matured (all of which are 18+ years old) American oak seasoned whisky. All the casks used have been hand chosen by Shinji Fukuyo, who is just the fourth Chief Blender in owner Suntory's 90-year history.
Hakushu is situated on Mount Kaikomagatake in the Yamanashi Prefecture, which is to the northwest of Tokyo. It takes a seat 700 meters (2,300 feet) above sea level.
The site is manifested in the name, as Hakushu means 'forest distillery' in Japanese. As mentioned, it is possessed and functioned by Suntory and was introduced in 1973, precisely 50 years after they revealed their primary revolutionary distillery at Yamazaki.
The present production capacity is three million liters per year. Moreover, a new 'experimental' grain distillery has lately started operating on the location. The Distiller's Reserve links the 12 years old elements to form a basic range. It will rarely be joined by limited versions, as has happened in the past. Suntory suggested drinking it neat or in a highball with soda water or ice water.
It has an amazing aroma of green fruits, quite herbaceous, mint, pine, cucumber, grassy, spearmint. Just tons of other luscious fruit in this one. The taste is full of green things booming out of here! The taste of mint, cucumber, grapefruit, green fruit, and just a touch of smoke at the back.
The finish of the whiskey is very delicate and light, refreshing along with some subtle smoke. It is so really calming to drink. It's new, easy-going (almost too calm) and just marvelous.
The Distiller's Reserve has bottled at 43% ABV and according to each bottle. It will be accessible very shortly in prominent whisky retailers.