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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Hakushu (Suntory)

Single Malt Japanese Whisky

Hakushu Distillery: Owners Suntory


Water: Underground water of Kai-Komagatake


The original Hakushu Distillery was built in 1973, located in a forest setting in the foothills of Japans southern Alps This first distillery had 24 stills in various shapes. The whisky supplied was only used for blending. However this distillery has been silent since the mid 1990’s.


A second distillery was built in 1981 called the Hakushu Higashi distillery and initially was treated as separate distillery to the original Hakushu. This 2nd distillery has now become the main Hakushu Distillery.


The Hakushu Distillery elevation is 700 metres above sea level; this altitude creates a low pressure distillation effect. So distillation takes place at a lower temperature, this makes it  more difficult for the more oilier heavier compounds with their  higher boiling points to be distilled resulting in a lighter estery spirit.    


The new distillery has a traditional Mash turn with a cooper hood; wooden washbacks; the 12 stills are heated directly by coal fires. The stills in this distillery are smaller than the original lantern shaped pot stills in the old distillery and are in a variety of shapes sizes with different lyne arm configurations so to produce many different styles of spirit.


Hakushu Distillery has a visitor centre, shop and museum on site.


Hakushu Single Malt Japanese Whisky:

Hakushu 10 year old,


Hakushu 12 year old


Hakushu 15 year old Cask strength


Hakushu 18 year old


Hakushu 25 year old


Hakashu Vintages 1981, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993


Hakushu The Owner's Cask 1984


The Cask of Hakushu Heavily Peated 1993


The Cask of Hakushu 1993 Spanish Oak Bota Corta


Suntory Pure Malt Hakushu 20 year old




Torihara 2913-1, Hakushucho,


Yamanashi, 408-0316

TEL: 0551 35 2211


Visitors welcome

Tour: A 70 minutes guide tour is available (Booking is required to a group over 10 people.)

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