Suntory Hibiki 12 Year Old Japanese Whiskey (750ml)

SKU #1052752 92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark With a little water, this golden blended whisky opens up to delicate, nuanced honey and floral aromas and flavors. Finishes smoky, dry, and brisk. Inner quote mark (3/2011)

Whisky Advocate

Outer quote mark Well-rounded, solid malt backbone, and very drinkable. These are the characteristics of this impressive blend. Honeysuckle, vanilla-coated malt and fruit (pineapple upside down cake, lemon tart, plum, bramble) are the primary flavors. Ripe barley, marzipan, beeswax, and clove round out the palate. Gentle, soothing finish. Suntory can make a 12 year old blend this good with just two malt distilleries? Scotland, are you taking notice? Inner quote mark (7/2009)

K&L Notes

Gold Medal, 2013 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Malt whiskeys matured 12 years or longer are perfectly matched with mellow grain whiskies of the same age to create this Hibiki offering. Also included is some whisky from casks formerly used in long-term aging of Japanese plum liqueur, which helps bring out the sweet floral notes on the nose and palate that Suntory whisky is known for. Adding venerable malt aged more than 30 years further brings out the bouquet and adds body to the palate.

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By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/8/2016 | Send Email
Truly one of the great blends we have seen, sad to be coming to the end of an era. This is medium bodied, it practically levitates, elegant and incessantly complex. The light apricot color in the glass segues into a nose of beautifully ripe orchard fruits, roasted barley and sweet lemon curd. The plate is delicate and supple, plenty of texture while maintaining it's ethereal characteristics. Notes of vanilla and clove studded oranges, sweet grains and just a hint of exotic spice culminates at a perfectly blended apex. Deciding how many I should stick away in my closet.

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