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Suntory Hibiki 30 Year Old

  70cl / 43%
 

'BEST BLENDED WHISKY IN THE WORLD - World Whiskies Awards 2007 & 2008'

Not only did Hibiki 30yo win the title of Best Blend in the World at 2007's World Whiskies Awards - it did it again in 2008 to prove it wasn't a fluke. A brilliant achievement by Suntory.

   
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Tasting Notes

Tasting notes by Whiskyfun (Serge Valentin)

This one has already been coined ‘the best blend in the world’ by some Maniacs so we’re very curious now.

Colour: Dark gold.

Nose: Absolutely stunning. Very complex right at first nosing, starting on a very wide array of various aromas such as marzipan, orange marmalade, nutmeg (a lot, really), apricot jam, quinces (lots), chamomile and many others... The oakiness is just perfect. Then gets quite spicy, with still a lot of nutmeg but also ginger, juniper berries, saffron... Also old Sauterne of the highest grade, vanilla crème, bergamot... Exceptional, certainly the most beautiful blend I have ever nosed, although I must confess I haven’t tried many.

Mouth: A little less classic and surprisingly sweetish for a short while (marshmallows and bubblegum) but it’s soon to get back on track, with an excellent oak up front and a spicy cortege progressively joining in (some nutmeg albeit less than on the nose... white pepper, very sweet curry, something like satay...) Also, some spearmint. Gets maybe just a tad drying at the ‘end of the middle’.

Finish: Long, certainly oaky but nicely so, still spicy, even a little mustardy (wasabi, of course). Anyway, certainly a blend that will keep most single malts at bay, Scotch included. 91 points

Producer's Tasting Notes

Bronze in colour. Raisins, figs and sweet ripe dates with a hint of brazil nut and the sweetness of dark cocoa on the nose, This mouth filling and rich whisky balances dark sweetness and a pleasant lingering woodiness perfectly – with a long, dark and very rich finish.

Hibiki is the flagship blend from Suntory, one of Japan's biggest drinks companies. Introduced in the 1970s following the construction of the company's second distillery, Hakushu, (the first being the famous Yamazaki), it has gone on to win a worldwide following and critical acclaim, culminating in the awarding of an International Spirits Competition Trophy four times in five years between 2004-2008.

The brand became well-known the world over when Bill Murray’s character visited Japan to film a Suntory ad in the Oscar-winning film Lost in Translation.
 
Suntory Distillery
 

The list of awards won by Suntory Hibiki 30yo in recent years is incredible and unmatched by any other whisky. In 2008, Hibiki 30yo picked up the the International Spirits Challenge Trophy for the third time in consecutive years, its fourth win overall. In addition, the blend was also named as World’s Best Blended Whisky at the World Whisky award in 2007 and 2008 :

2008
International Spirits Challenge Trophy
World Whisky Awards, World’s Best Blended Whisky

2007
International Spirits Challenge Trophy
World Whisky Awards, World’s Best Blended Whisky
International Wine and Spirit Competition

2006
International Spirits Challenge Trophy

 
 
 
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