Review: Suntory Hibiki 12 yr. oldJuly 22nd, 2009
I first wrote about this here last week. It won’t be available in the U.S. until October 1st.
Hibiki, 12 year old, 43%, $55
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?
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 88