Taketsuru/Hakushu peaty or not?

  • susuwatari
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    Member susuwatari
    Joined: 26.02.2016Posts: 2Ratings: 0

    Hi Guys,

    I am new to whisky and started from Japanese whisky.
    Now I want to get a touch onto Scotch whisky especially those from the Islay.
    I had tried Taketsuru 17yo and Hakushu 12yo & 18yo, I like them all.
    I had read reviews saying these are lightly peated and contain little peaty and smoky aroma, but I couldn't really tell when I tasted those whiskies.
    So how are the peat level of these comparing to Islay's and what would you suggest for me?



  • ben Member, Administrator ben Joined: 01.07.2014Posts: 272Collectionbens CollectionRatings: 92


    I'm sorry, but we didn't have any of the whiskies you mentioned. We only have the Taketsuru NAS. From what we got from the distributor I would estimate it to be far less peaty than an typical Islay malt. << 40ppm.

    I work for whisky.com
  • SanctTom Member SanctTom Joined: 19.07.2014Posts: 148Ratings: 0

    Taketsuru has almost no peat at all, so you should be fine with smooth Speyside or Highland malts - Be aware however that Taketsuru is a blended malt with an exceptionally good composition, which might mean you might have to search a while to find a comparable single malt that suits your taste as well.
    Hakushu ist rather lightly peated (except for some special bottlings) and should compare in peat level to Highland Park or (with slightly more peat) Talisker malts. Talisker is somewhat more "masculine", though - try some Highland Park 12 or 18 first!
    Islay malts are typically much more peated than Hakushu - just as Ben wrote.

    And malt does more than Milton can To justify God's ways to man. (A. E. Housman)
  • bkdc Member Joined: 31.05.2016Posts: 6Ratings: 0
    , edited May 31 2016 at 12:49AM

    Taketsuru and Hakushu are not peaty. However, there is SMOKINESS. It's not the same pungent scent of Islay peat.

    Coal fire is used in the Hakushu distillery and in the Yoichi distillery. Taketsuru contains Yoichi malt whisky. I do not think the smokiness in these whiskies is subtle. It's obviously there. But it's not peat. I have bottles of Hakushu 12 and Hakushu 18 as well a Taketsuru 12 and Taketsuru blended malt. Yes there is smokiness.

  • Quin Member Quin Joined: 01.07.2014Posts: 91Ratings: 0
    "bkdc" wrote:
    Taketsuru and Hakushu are not peaty. However, there is SMOKINESS. It's not the same pungent scent of Islay peat.

    Good description i think! It's not peaty like Scotch. It's a different kind of smokiness and light.
    regards.. ..and sorry for bad english
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