Suntory Hibiki 12

2 Posted by - 05/10/2013 - B Rated, Blend, Japanese
The first official Society meeting was held last night  (5/8/13) and we came out of the gate with a real treat. Suntory Hibiki 12yo Japanese Blended Whisky.. I had previously sampled the 17yo and really hoped the younger Whisky would hold up to the stellar reputation of her older sister —- She didn’t let us down.

The legendary Hibiki represents true harmony. The enigma of perfection, the paragon of the art of whisky and the art of Japan’s artisans. Hibiki, meaning resonance in Japanese, speaks to the soul and emotions of the most discerning whisky lover. Hibiki resonates from nature, and all the subtleties found from the twenty four seasons of the old Japanese lunar calendar. Numerous types of pure single malt whiskies ageing in various types of casks, including Mizunara, a very rare Japanese oak, all combine to create a full orchestra of flavors and aromas. Seductive, blossoming and enigmatic, Hibiki celebrates the unrivaled art of blending, fine craftsmanship, and sense of luxury of the House. Bearing the seal of the House of Suntory, this majestic blend is its rightful paragon. - suntory.com

Most purist would hold their single malt tightly and frown at the words “Blended”, but Hibiki is anything but typical. Hibiki includes single malt whisky from Yamazaki and Hakushu, as well as grain whisky from Chita and don’t forget 30yo Mizunara. The whisky is partly matured in plum liqueur barrels to round out this delicious offering.

DETAILS:

  • Style: Blended Whisky
  • Alcohol: 43%
  • Volume: 70cl

GROUP NOTES:

  • Nose: Fruity-white grapes, almonds, honeysuckle, very strong and deceptive.
    Big Floral notes after it’s been opened up to air or a drop of water.
  • Palate: Smooth as silk, sweet butter, oaky, fresh citrus
    Sweetness intensifies dramatically with a drop of water.
  • Finish: Gentle and brief, more oak, but very clean
  • Marks: The marks system for the Society is left simple: A – F with +/- leveling.

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Billy: B+
Eric: B+
Jon: B+
Justin: B+
Sara: A-
Zech: A
Shannon: A+
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Median Grade: B+

I want to unite old friends and share this amazing experience. Whether it be indulging on a few drams of single malt scotch or a unique bourbon I will always find it hard to resist not to diversify and expand our whisk(e)y horizons.

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