Built in 1973 in a subtropical forest, Hakushu quickly doubled its production capacity in 1978 to accommodate 12 pairs of stills. Despite this increase, a second distillery equipped with 12 new pot stills was also built three years later (1981) and baptized Hakushu Higashi (East). The 1980s recession linked to a 1989 tax reform eventually, however, led to the closure of the historic distillery. Hakushu's strength lies in its ability to produce different styles of malt under the same pagoda, from peated malt to unpeated, full-bodied and light malts, enabling the group's master blender to produce blends such as the world-famous Hibiki.Less well known than its illustrious colleague Yamazaki, its malts are nonetheless highly sought-after, particularly its very rare editions matured in ex-sherry casks, such as Hakushu Sherry Cask Edition 2014, and its vintage peated single casks, such as The Cask of Hakushu 1993 and Heavily Peated, Edition 2008.
About the cuvée
A blend of whiskies from Suntory's three distilleries, Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita (for the grain whisky). Hibiki 21 Year Old is a highly prized blend and an icon of the group's work. Launched in 1989, its iconic 24-facet bottle, referencing Japan's 24 seasons, and its appearance in Sofia Coppola's film Lost in Translation have made it particularly popular among enthusiasts and the general public. Most versions with age statements were discontinued in response to the high demand created by this success and an increased general interest in Japanese whisky.
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