The newest Japanese whisky to hit the U.S. market is Suntory's Hakushu - known as the "Forest Distillery." Built in 1973 as a sister distillery to Suntory's Yamazaki distillery (previously the only Japanese single malt available in the U.S.), the facility is located at a high-elevation site next to the "pristine waters" of the Ojira River, which are used to dillute the whisky itself.
Hakushu is a “green and fresh” whisky, originating straight from the untouched forests, mountains, and pure waters of the Southern Japanese Alps. Its crisp and vibrant feel, unique in a single malt, enlivens and liberates your senses.
The 12 year old is champagne gold in color and on the nose, there are aromas of basil, pine needles and green apples. On the palate the whiskey is reminiscient of sweet pear, mint and kiwi flavors. On the finish the whisky exhibits flavors of green tea and subtle smoke.