Suntory Hibiki Japanese Blended Whisky 12 Year
Suntory Hibiki Japanese Blended Whisky 12 Year

Suntory Hibiki Japanese Blended Whisky 12 Year

Suntory Hibiki Japanese Blended Whisky 12 Year

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Hibiki 12 Year is indeed an exceptional blended Japanese whisky that has gained popularity for its unique combination of flavors and aging process. As you mentioned, it is crafted using malt whiskies from two renowned Japanese distilleries, Yamazaki and Hakushu, along with grain whisky from Chita. Each of these whiskies brings its own distinct characteristics to the blend, creating a harmonious and complex flavor profile.

One of the standout features of Hibiki 12 Year is its aging process. Part of the whisky is matured in plum liqueur barrels, which imparts a subtle fruity and sweet note to the final product. This innovative aging technique sets Hibiki apart from many other whiskies and contributes to its delicate and well-balanced taste.

Hibiki is produced by the Suntory whisky distillery, one of the most renowned and respected whisky producers in Japan. The brand has won numerous awards over the years and is highly regarded by whisky enthusiasts worldwide.

It's worth noting that as time passes, the availability and specifics of whisky expressions may change due to the limited nature of certain releases and the evolving preferences of distilleries and whisky makers. However, as of my last update in September 2021, Hibiki 12 Year was well-regarded and cherished by whisky connoisseurs for its remarkable quality and complexity.

AROMA: Plums, oranges, vanilla, oak, pineapple, burnt caramel, cinnamon, mustard seed

PALATE: Oak, pine, vanilla, plums, star anise, orange peel, raspberry jam

FINISH: Oak, vanilla, green grapes

Hibiki 17 Year Old Japanese Whisky is crafted from a blend of over 30 unique whiskies produced at both Yamazaki Distillery and Hakushu Distillery, including some that have matured in previously-used Umeshu casks (Umeshu casks are specially coopered casks that are used in the maturation of plum liqueur).Hibiki is a meticulous blend produced using 10 different whiskies from the various House of Suntory distilleries. The malt whisky in the blend is sourced from the Yamazaki and Hakusku distilleries, with the grain whisky sourced from the Chita distillery.The Yamazaki Distillery is Japan's first and oldest malt whisky distillery established in 1923 by Suntory's founder Shinjiro Torii. Inspired by traditional Scottish whisky, Torii envisioned a Japanese approach by choosing a terrain and climate completely different to those of Scotland to create a unique kind of whisky.
n May 2018, Beam Suntory announced it would have to stop selling Hibiki 17 Year Old and Hakushu 12 Year Old. “At the moment, demand outweighs supply, making continued sales difficult,” a spokesperson summed up. When supply falls, demand isn't the only thing to rise: prices do, too.Hibiki 17 year old is a blend of the best single malts from Yamazaki and Hakushu, aged in different types of casks, and subtly mixed with grain whisky from Chita distillery.
Founded in 1899, Shinjiro Torii built the House of Suntory with a singular vision: to craft quintessentially Japanese spirits that would suit the delicate palate of his people.


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