Suntory Hibiki 17 years old

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Suntory Hibiki 17 years old
70cl / 43%
Japanese Blended Whisky
A fantastic Japanese blend, made with aged malt and grain whiskies from Suntory's three distilleries. Spicy and sophisticated, this is great for catching people out at blind tastings. Recently awarded a Gold 'Editor's Choice' award from Whisky Magazine and picked up the top prize in its category at the World Whisky Awards 2010.

World Whiskies Awards
World Whiskies Awards 2012 - Best Japanese Blend 13 to 20 years
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CountryJapanAge17 Year OldTypeBlended Whisky
Tasting Notes:
Tasting Notes by Mark Gillespie, World Whiskies Awards 2012
Mild smokiness and toasted oak with hints of nutmeg. Lemon-lime citrus at first, followed by a strong cinnamon blast that fades slowly into the finish as the citrus note returns. Hints of hazelnut, and fading cinnamon.
Tasting Notes by Robin Laing, World Whiskies Awards 2012
The nose gives tempura cooking oil, donuts, candyfloss and coconut fudge. A warm, pleasant taste of fruity toffee, barley sugar sticks dipped in chocolate and marron glacés, with an attractive heat playing around the mouth.
Producer's Note

Hibiki, which means harmony, is a master blend of carefully selected full-bodied malt and grain whiskies. This multi award winning blend creates a profound aroma with an elegant and mellow woody richness, accompanied by sweet long-lasting citrus flavour.

 

Tasting Notes by Dave Broom

Nose: Ripe soft and pillow like with hints of smoke and toasty wood. Citrus leaf, cocoa, cooked apricot, ripe banana, hazelnut giving a crunch.

Palate: Toffee sweetness stretches along the palate. Very clean and clear. Sweet with sultana and cherry.

Finish: Long and silky.

Comment: Relaxed and laid back. This is excellent blending.

Score: 8.5 / 10

[These tasting notes are reproduced from Whisky Magazine Issue 64]

Tasting notes by Martine Nouet

Nose:  Bee wax, polished floor, church bench, candle wax.  A tar hint in the back.  When aerated, opens up on citrussy notes and barley sugar before a wave of vanilla brings in a sweet brine.

Palate:  Smooth, mellow. Velvety.  Oak and citrus fruit are intertwined in an elegant two step dance.

Finish:  Medium, smooth, hardening up on a more assertive oaky note.  Touch of bitter chocolate.

Comments:  An elegant and satisfying dram.  Well educated, in good quality casks for sure.

Score:  8.25 / 10

[These tasting notes are reproduced from Whisky Magazine Issue 64]

 

Customer Reviews:(27 reviews)
For relaxing times, make it Suntory time. This is a great whisky, to my untrained palate it was a little smokey at first but over the years I've really come to appreciate all the complexities inside this bottle (which is sublime too, I don't want to throw it away afterwards...). Now that I'm on the verge of finishing my first bottle I'm tempted to buy a second but it seems to have gotten a fair bit pricier since last time.
- Dash, 31st May
This really does blow other blends out of the water. Stunningly smooth and drinkable. Never liked blends before this...
- anonymous, 22nd Jun '13
Very attractive whisky. Clean nose, a hit of lovely smokiness that snakes all around your mouth, and a delicious aftertaste that lingers just long enough for you to want another sip . Normally out of my league, but just had a double for under a fiver at Wetherspoons in Stourbridge, West Midlands. Judging by the price,an absolute steal. Do try it if you're lucky enough.
- Rychie, 15th Jun '13
Absolutely amazed by this Whiskey, my local was serving and warned me it wasn't the cheapest, Having ignored them, I was treated to a truly amazing whiskey, smooth, sweet, subtle fragrance leaving a long enough finish to respect what you're drinking, the fact it's a blend seems to work in its favour as some blends ( johnny Walker blue label) can't compete with this. A subtle dram with enough impact. Time to raid the piggy bank
- Stuart White, 10th Mar '13
First had this in a Japanese restaurant in Glasgow and figured the Scots really need to watch out! I like a whisky with subtle flavors, preferably caramels and toffee. You get that here but with added mystery. You see that in the professionals' reviews - no one can put their finger on it. But they know its very good!
- Whipskylover, 25th Feb '13
A friend of mine suggested I tried the hibiki 17yr and he was not wrong. it is without doubt the finest whisky i've had to date. I just wish I could afford the 30yr old to try that as well. Truely worthy winner of the awards it has already gained.
- Chris , UK , 1st Feb '12
Absolutely exquisite.... liquid silk, cherries jasmine and an array on spices finished with ginger and cardamon... superb...
- Matt Glazier London, 21st Dec '11
My son bought me some back from Japan, it is probably the best I have tasted, keep the Scotch for others the Hibiki for me!
- anonymous, 21st Aug '11
I sampled this in a hotel bar the evening before I went on holiday. I was utterly blown away by it, then and now. It's a firm fixture in my drinks cabinet and never fails to impress.
- anonymous, 13th Apr '11
Love it. Usually I?m into heavy smoky whisky like Lagavulin but this one is now a favourite of mine as well. My liquor-shell will always have a bottle of this, thats for sure.
- anonymous, 18th Mar '11
forget the rest-this is the best if you look @ the price
- saha, 8th Mar '11
This whisky is the best, move over Scots, smooth and flavorful
- Dazz man, 14th Dec '10
I like HIBIKI 17 years old.
- anonymous, 11th Dec '10
Spellbinding, a stunner . . . I'm speechless!
- Jason's Scotch Whisky Reviews, 11th Oct '10
Well, this is definitly a stunner! From the first nose to the last dram is this Whisky awesome.The lovingly made bottle seems unique with a heavy glass bottle top!...and so is the Whisky!!!Awesome, lovingly, unique - just a masterpiece.One of the best I?ve ever tasted!
- Cord, 30th Jul '10
am sorry i did not find your site sooner!purchased this whiskey for my dad for father's day,a wonderful gift.am living in Cyprus and ended up paying 115 euro!for this exact same whiskey
- maria, 26th Jun '10
Girlfriend bought this for moi, tasted it, savoured it, enjoyed it, cant wait for xmas to come again.
- Scott Gilbert, 22nd Mar '10
Love it. Tried it first at a lounge after being recommended it by the owner, and haven't gone back since. Best enjoyed on the rocks with an ice ball
- anonymous, 10th Nov '09
Wonderful nose, coconut-vanilla, oak, but then seems to fall flat upon tasting. Overall however, a good blend.
- Richard, 28th Aug '09
Bottle's design definitely drew me to it, but what's within is the real star! With the youngest whisky being 17 years old, the flavour is amazingly round yet complex. Black Label doesn't even hold a candle to this! Absolutely gorgeous, easy to drink, and with a dash of cold water, simply the best.
- ape-kb, 19th Aug '09
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