Suntory has just announced on the sly the release of a peaty version of its single malt Hakushu, but beware there won't be enough for everyone ; you'll have to live in Japan and incidentally speak Japanese, but above all be lucky, very lucky...
It will soon be eight years since Suntory bottled a peaty version of the single malt Hakushu, the last one dating from 2013. This announcement coincides with the resumption of the export of 12-year-old Hakushu and the arrival of the Hibiki Blossom Harmony 2021 and Yamazaki Limited Edition 2021 versions.
Suntory did not unveil Hakushu Peated 2021 through an official release announcement, but through the announcement of a lottery in which the lucky winners will be drawn to win a ticket to buy a bottle. Unfortunately this lottery is limited to Japan and you will have to be lucky to get your hands on one of the only 300 bottles that will be raffled.
However, with the increase in production capacity at the Hakushu distillery and the rationalization of stocks, it is possible to imagine that an outing will take place later and that some bottles will be allocated internationally. But these are only suppositions because to date there is no official announcement in this direction.
Bottled unchill filtered at 48% abv, there is for the moment no other information, notably on the percentage of peaty single malts, the type of casks (we can assume a majority of bourbon barrels) or the age of the single malts used for this blend.
Registration for the Hakushu Peated Malt 2021 lottery is open since March 1st and will end on March 30th, good luck everyone !
Source : Official website Suntory