Hibiki was launched in 1989 to commemorate Suntory’s 90th anniversary, and has ever since been embraced as the paragon of The Art of Japanese Whisky, the very product of Japanese nature and her people.
Nose: Peach, apricot, melon, rose, lily, lemon leaf
Palate: Toffee, black cherry, vanilla, and Mizunara (Japanese oak)
Finish: Sweet, fruity, with lychee aftertaste
Elegant. Poised. Slowly revealing a clear yet complex equilibrium.
-Wine & Spirits
There is a perception that Japanese whisky is merely reengineered Scotch, but the truth is that Japanese whisky distillers are now forging their own path. Hibiki’s 17-Year is a terrific example: Blended from Suntory’s Yamazaki and Hakashu distilleries’ stocks, along with grain distillate from its Chita distillery, and aged in a combination of American and Japanese oak barrels as well as Sherry butts, it’s remarkably elegant. Don’t let the whisky’spale color trick you—it packs a ton of flavor, from pear and apple to mint and caramelized bananas, with an herbal pine-rosemary edge."