Suntory Hibiki 21/17/12 year old set
Suntory Hibiki 21/17/12 year old set
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Own a piece of whisky history before it’s too late. With production of the 12 and 17 already suspended indefinately, global stocks are drying up quickly and prices continuing skyward. We are excited to secure a very limited number of bottles and present the Suntory Hibiki 21/17/12 year old set boxed at a super competitive price point.
- Hibiki 12 (700ml/ 43%) Boxed-
Discontinued in 2015. Worldwide stocks extremely limited.
An exquisite 12 year old blended Japanese whisky. Hibiki includes malt whisky from Yamazaki and Hakushu, as well as grain whisky from Chita. The whisky is partly matured in plum liqueur barrels.
Tasting Notes (www.thewhiskyexchange.com)
Nose: Very fruity, with ripe oranges, apple pie, marmalade and plums. 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.
- Hibiki 17 (700ml/ 43%) Boxed -
Discontinued in 2018. Worldwide stocks extremely limited.
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.
World Whiskies Awards 2012 - Best Japanese Blend 13 to 20 years
Tasting Notes (www.whiskyanalysis.com)
Nose: Sweet and rich aromas of raisins, sultanas and plums. Lots of toffee and butterscotch. Definite honey. A great nose, it’s a pleasure to come back to it between sips
Palate: Same flavours as the nose, initial sweetness with the raisins/sultanas and some softer tropical fruits, like honeydew melon (although that could be the honey poking through again). Caramel/butterscotch again as well. It has a somewhat oaky backbone, with the sweet vanillins yielding to dryer woody/paper notes over time. A pleasant tingle as it goes down, with the hint of something spicy/peppery at the end. A very well balanced palate.
Finish: Remarkably long-lasting, with a good mix of after-glowing sweetness from the caramel/butterscotch, balanced with a slightly bitter oakyness, and a touch of cinnamon to round it all off.
- Hibiki 21 (700ml/ 43%) Boxed -
Hibiki 21 Year Old was, yet again, selected as the best blended whisky in the world at the World Whisky Awards 2017. This comes as no surprise to us as the Hibiki has been awarded every year at the WWA since 2009, and is, in our view, a work of pure genius. The judges described it as being “Elegant, sweet and complex. This whisky is full of dried fruit, orange peel, strawberry jam, and baked apple from start to finish.”
Review from Distiller.com:
"Tasting this whisky was one of those moments where your surroundings come to a halt and all of your senses are heightened. There is a beautiful marriage of grain and fruit expressed in this whisky. The sherry casks are quite evident with stone fruit and cherry mixed with warm baking spices and a light floral incense. The malt, however, is standing firm and not being over-powered by the fruit. There is a gentle wisp of smoke with the finish and it acts much like adding salt and pepper to your dish. Kudos to their master blender for a harmonious and elegant whisky."
Tasting Notes (www.whiskymag.com)
Nose: A forest at autumn with sweet damp leaves. Very perfumed with just a suggestion of smoke wafting through the trees.
Palate: Very refreshing and clean. Some Christmas cake notes and a hint of mint.
Finish: Another luxurious whisky. A little peat again.
Comment: Very moreish, good for a session or two with friends.