Hakushu Heavily Peated, 48%

Price: $150 Issue: Winter 2013 Reviewer: Dave Broom

Last year saw the release of the Yamazaki “component” range, examples of the cask types that help make up its single malt releases. Now, Hakushu has joined in. The name doesn't lie, this is very smoky, heathery, fragrant with orris-like dryness alongside Hakushu's classic vegetal notes of elderflower, bamboo, and moorland grass. The palate shows praline, ripe lychee, and kiwi working alongside this mix of integrated smoke and clean focus. It also makes a fantastic Hiball.