Hibiki 17 Year Old
Suntory Hibiki 17 Details
Also from Suntory Branded Whisky
Whisky or Whiskey
Insider knowledge: Hibiki 17 Year Old whisky is named whisky by virtue of the fact it's from Japan. If distilled in America the spelling would be Hibiki 17 Year Old whiskey, as opposed to whisky.
Suntory Hibiki 17 Bottling Note
This Japanese blend was awarded an "Editor's Choice" from Whisky Magazine. Hibiki 17 year old is a superb whisky from Suntory.
The nose is quite full. There are notes of honey and wax, resin and oak. There are notes of gentle smoke and cacao, hints of cooked fruit and a nutty note. The palate is sweet and rich. There are crisp notes of mixed peels, raisin and custard with a little zest and plenty of oak. The finish is long with notes of oak and cocoa and sherried peels.
Have just stacked this up against my favourite Scotch - a Talisker dark storm, which I thought was a bit of an improvement over the original, and this Hibiki just demolishes it.
Very mellow and straightfoward. The Talisker was brutal, but then I like them harsh. This was anything but - a real pleasure to sip on, and you can taste the effort they put into it.
I've tried a few Japanese scotches, all the way up to the Yamazaki 25, which was a bit treacley, but as it was the dowry for my wife, it served its purpose and went down well. I would still rate this Hibiki 17 well above it. These guys did a great job. Enjoy.
7th April 2014
on ANA airline
They serve this in business class on ANA airlines, in a superb little miniature bottle. (There are cheaper ways to get it than buying an air ticket I suppose.)
29th January 2014
Wonderful Ibiki and great website
8th June 2013
I go to Japan every year and buy this. Plus it's a lot cheaper there. Around $70 dollars.
8th June 2013
The award goes to........
1st June 2013
Kriek - Suntory Hibiki 17
Superb quality! Makes a good evening.......great.
1st June 2013
Wow! Highly aromatic! Love the nose. Taste is a rush of vanilla that dives into cocoa, sherry wood, and orange. It's finish is brief and dry - just the way I like it - with amaretto and the previous cocoa. Don't add any water, it ruins the aromatic complexity. Definitely one of my favorites!
23rd April 2013
This is my 2nd review of this whiskey, and for good reason.
It's initial impact is citrus followed quickly by sweeter honey tones, the after taste lingers long enough to satisfy but short enough not to intrude. The Blend that's achieved puts a certain Blue Label to shame and, quite easily at that.
I enjoy a peaty whiskey emensely, of which this isn't but it does deliver on every scale, the price you pay respects the drink you drink, if you're at all unsure, please take the plunge, if you're not happy ill come to yours and drink the remainder for you.
10th March 2013
21st January 2013
I did not expect to like this as much as i have, sipping on some now. The nose is unique to anything I have had before - spice and floral blossom alongside pine and oak with beeswax, one of the most interesting noses that will have you inhaling it for a long time, there are tones of smoke, and leaf alongside notes of rich vanilla and citrus leaf. The taste is as good, an initial intense spice with chili leads into a more beguiling sensation of baked tropical fruits, bananas toffee, slight peaty smokiness which I wasn't expecting, more spice and eventual mellowing over well balanced cream, spice and fruit. I can't believe how good this is, almost as good as some of my favourite Scottish single malts! and better than a lot of the Scottish blends. Unbelievable...
4th January 2013