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Hakushu 25 year old, 43%

Price: $885.00 Issue: Spring 2012 Reviewer: Dave Broom

As the price may suggest, there ain't a lot of this around, but to see Hakushu at its most robust, try and find a bar with a bottle. Again, the sherry component has been upped, as has the smoked element. There is, however, always that graceful Hakushu purity running through, this time expressed as rhubarb and strawberry. The palate shows great oily depth, hints of walnut, and yes, a sprig of mint tying it to the 10 year old. £555