Suntory Hibiki 17 years old

70cl / 43%
  • Japanese Blended Whisky
Suntory Hibiki 17 years old
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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

Age
17 Year Old
Country
Japan
Type
Blended Whisky

Suntory Hibiki 17 years old Reviews

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]

     

31 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    12 days ago

    Best whisky I have ever had. Very hard to find now though as it is becoming more well known.

  • 5
    11 February

    Sweet aromatic wood chips dipped in a simple syrup. Banana leaf, plantain and madagascar vanilla. Lemon peel, toffee cereal with no peat and subtle on the palate. Soft floral notes, smooth, and rich with body. Exceptionally enjoyable and definitely will buy another bottle. Love what Japanese whiskies bring to the table.

  • 3
    10 February

    Ok blend almost like a good bourbon

  • 5
    3 December 2014

    Just ordered this for my husbands christmas gift. I really hope he likes it. I did a lot of research on the Hibiki 17. We will be moving to japan in April and I wanted to get him a Japanese type since I''m pretty sure he has never tried it before. But wish me luck I''m excited I hope he likes it

  • 31 May 2014

    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.

  • 22 June 2013

    This really does blow other blends out of the water. Stunningly smooth and drinkable. Never liked blends before this...

  • 15 June 2013

    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.

  • 10 March 2013

    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

  • 25 February 2013

    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!

  • 1 February 2012

    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.

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