Review by Nonjatta contributor - Dramtastic:Suntory Owner's Cask Hakushu 1997 11-year-old No. BD40263. 58 percent alcohol
Nose: Oak, varnish, soy sauce, stewed pears, vanilla, red apple peel, peanut butter, peach skins. Lots going on. Continually evolving.
Palate: Quite hot. chilies? Yeast, soy sauce, peanut butter, thickened cream. A little water actually makes this hotter. More water again brings out vanilla and cherry blossom.
Finish: Long, warming and dominated by the flavours on the palate.
General comment: A bit of an oddity, the flavours don't quite gel together, but still fun and interesting.