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.
12 Year Old
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.

42 Customer Reviews

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  • 4
    3 October

    Just had my first taste of this sharp, fruity golden nectar; a warm flavour of wintery days. Delightfully elegant shaped container, makes a lovely keepsake.

  • 5
    24 May

    My personal fav. Smooth yet bold and thick. Big body of round sweetness of honey and plum.

  • 5
    5 April

    More Japanese Magic. Normally I am a Lagavullin man but when I fancy something different I adventure into Japan. This is really really nice, smooth, subtle,well balanced and bursting with flavour. If you try one you will be reaching for another shortly afterwards.

  • 5
    28 February

    Amazing n smooth like a song on the palate

  • 3
    1 November 2015

    Good but, massively over hyped. Too sweet for me as I prefer Islay, Laphroaig or Lagavulin, heavily peated, medicinal type whiskies.

  • 5
    13 July 2015

    I love it. Balanced like a Japanese tight rope walker. Now one of my favourites

  • 5
    28 April 2015

    Smooth and fruity, sweet and easy on the palate. Tastes like a single malt. My favourite by far in my short, whisky drinking life.

  • 5
    25 February 2015

    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 2015

    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 2015

    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

  • 5
    23 June 2014

    Best whiskey I have had in years.

  • Michael 29 March 2014

    Best whisky I have had in years....

  • John H. 10 November 2013

    Just been given a bottle of Hibiki as a leaving present after 30 Yrs in the police service. after what I've just read above its probably been worth the 3 decades to try it and cant wait to savour this bottle.Tally Ho!

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