Suntory Hakushu 12 Year
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Suntory single malt whisky Hakushu 12 Year returns after it was discontinued two years ago

Stocks for the coveted whisky ran out in 2018 but it’s coming back with a limited release

Kaila Imada
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Kaila Imada

Japanese whisky lovers were recently thrilled to discover that Suntory will be releasing new, limited edition Hibiki and single malt Yamazaki whiskies in May. Here’s more good news: one of Japan’s top whiskies, the Hakushu 12 Year which was discontinued in June 2018, will be appearing on the shelves again in Japan on March 30. 

The highly regarded Suntory whisky was discontinued two years ago when the overwhelming popularity and demand for Japanese whiskies depleted stocks. However, as whisky takes time to age, this new batch has been sitting in the barrels for more than a decade and is now ready to see the light of day.

The Suntory Hakushu 12 Year is distilled on Mt Kaikomagatake in the northern region of the Southern Japanese Alps. The Japanese single malt whisky offers a clean, sweet flavour with a soft, smokey finish. It also features notes of young leaves, green apple and jasmine.

Suntory has yet to reveal how many bottles are available but you can be sure that quantities will be limited. So you should act fast if you’re hoping to nab a bottle – who knows how long more we’ll have to wait before the next batch drops.

Hakushu 12 Year will be available in Japan from Tuesday March 30, priced at ¥8,500 for a 23.7 ounce bottle.

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