Suntory Hibiki 12 Year Old

70cl / 43%
  • Japanese Blended Whisky
Suntory Hibiki 12 Year Old
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A stunning 12 year-old blend from Hibiki, some of the whisky has been part-matured in plum liqueur casks. Lovely malt from Hakushu and Yamazaki, plus some aged grain from Chita, this terrific Japanese blend picked up the top prize in its category at the World Whisky Awards 2010.

Age
12 Year Old
Country
Japan
Type
Blended Whisky

Suntory Hibiki 12 Year Old Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by Tim F

    Nose:  Very fruity, with ripe oranges, apple pie, marmalade and plums (would I have still got those plums if I didn't know about the plum liqueur maturation?  I'd like to hope so).  Fresh honeysuckle and nougat aromas, sugared almonds, sponge cake, icing sugar. Expressive and exciting.

    Palate:  Smooth as a snooker ball, with delicious fresh grain, oak tannins and delicately sherried malt.  Some clove, pepper and mixed peel as the sherry comes forward.  The citrus is here as well, if slightly more tart like lemon or grapefruit.

    Finish:  Spices, apple peel and the last remnants of the finely-tuned grain.  Nothing dominates, everything in place - the integration and balance are quite remarkable.  The spices seem to build in intensity at the finale.

    Comments:  Slips down easier than a greased eel in an oilslick.  This is tremendous.  A hugely impressive feat of blending that proves, if there were any remaining doubt, that Japanese whisky can equal or beat anything produced in Scotland at this moment in time.  Bravo.

35 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    25 February

    We bought this for my father who normally drinks 18yr old singles in the higher end market, he was horrified to find he preferred this whisky over his others that cost 2-3 times the price. Superb product I''d have paid more than the ?59.99 I had to spend due to it being tricky to get hold of due to being sold out or not stocked. A

  • 4
    24 January

    Quite a complex nose for a 12yo- Waxy, candle wax, camphor, perfumed, lots of fruit. Lovely. Taste: Smooth grain well intergrated with citrus fruit. Some building spice, but in check. Finish: Spices fade, left by lemon tart.

  • 5
    14 January

    Smooth yet complex. This made me reconsider my opinion of blended whisky. Stunning.

  • 5
    30 November 2014

    absolutely unforgettable nose and the finish is incredible! ordering a 2nd bottle soon!!!!

  • 5
    10 November 2014

    Suntory Hibiki 12 Year Old, purchased this recently, and very pleased I did. My first ever taste of Japanese whisky and it will not be last. Excellent taste and very smooth, a lovely light golden colour, a pleasure to drink.

  • 5
    5 November 2014

    Absolutely outstanding. This is an affordable example of why the Japanese regularly dominate the whisky awards.

  • 5
    19 October 2014

    A fantastic product...complex and engaging

  • 5
    12 September 2014

    love the presentation the flavour is even better brucie lancing SEP 2014

  • 5
    27 August 2014

    One of the best whiskies from Japan. Hibiki may be a blend but it has great balance and is smooth as silk.

  • 5
    23 June 2014

    Superb, smooth, and very drinkable

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