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Suntory Whisky Hibiki 17 Year Old 70cl

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Hibiki was launched in 1989 to commemorate Suntory’s 90th anniversary, and has ever since been embraced as the centre of The Art of Japanese Whisky. The aging process of 17 years imparts a depth of flavor and complexity that appeals to connoisseurs, making it a highly desirable whisky.

The resulting whisky is a symphony of flavors and aromas, with notes of honey, vanilla, and oak on the nose, and flavors of dried fruit, caramel, and spice on the palate. The whisky is then aged for a minimum of 17 years in a combination of American white oak casks, sherry casks, and Japanese Mizunara oak casks. Seventeen years seems a bit too long for this dram and I would like to try one of the younger Hibikis (the 12 yo or their new NAS expression). Each sip of Suntory whisky is an invitation to explore the complexity of Japanese artistry and the masterful craftsmanship that defines it.Suntory whiskies are known for their meticulous attention to detail, often characterized by a delicate balance of flavors, smoothness, and a touch of elegance. One of the most balanced, interesting blends you will every drunk and one of the best blends in the world right now. The finish starts off fairly bitter and dry and is quite disappointing until you start getting to the aftertaste.

Pepper mellows to something vaguely reminiscent of radish while sherry dissipates, some citrus comes on too.The core range includes Hibiki Japanese Harmony, Hibiki 12 Years Old, Hibiki 17 Years Old, Hibiki 21 Years Old, and Hibiki 30 Years Old. Suntory Whisky Hibiki is a harmonious blend, blessed with the riches of Japanese nature and craftsmanship. The nose is quite floral, with plenty of vanilla, a hint of peach and a touch of incense - are the Mizunara casks making themselves felt here? Also sign me up for newsletters so I can get special offers, recommendations, and expert advice to my inbox! Fuji bottlings and the 30th Anniversary - are decorated directly onto the glass, somehow adding to the beauty and making the whiskey within part of the artwork.

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