Merry belated Christmas to you all! Hope you all enjoyed the holiday and are looking forward to ringing in a New Year this week. For Christmas I was lucky enough to get Japanese whisky Nikka Coffey Grain as a gift so, I have Japanese whisky on mind and have decided to end my 2015 blogging with 17 year-old Hibiki.
If you’ve followed me throughout, you’ll know that my first introduction to Japanese whisky was with the Hibiki 12. Hibiki is a product produced by Suntory Whisky, which was established in 1923 by Shinjiro Torii. According to Suntory, “Mizuwari” which means, blending spirits with water, revolutionized whisky drinking in Japan. It most commonly entails two parts cold water, one part whisky and ice. This is the popular way to drink whisky there.
The Hibiki 17 year-old I had was neat, however I do own a bottle of the Hibiki 12 year-old and now Nikka Coffey Grain so I will need to do a Mizuwari cocktail with those two and can report back on my thoughts.
Honestly, I have yet to have a bad Japanese Whisky and this 17 year-old was no exception.
Nose: Flowery with notes of peaches
Palate: vanilla, oak and toffee
Finish: light, very smooth with ending notes of sweetness
Hibiki 17 year-old is fantastic. It is balanced, light and yet complex. I was blown away on the taste. It is smooth with a very long finish. The quality in this product is simply amazing. I do find it to be a pricey whisky. If you are looking to buy, a bottle can range from $120 up the $200s.
I know the price of this bottle can be a bit much, but if you have never tried Japanese whisky I highly recommend you do. It doesn’t have to be this 17 year-old, as the price is steep. A good option to start with could be the Yamazaki 12 year-old, which is reasonably priced. But if you do get a chance to tasty this 17 year-old then please try it, it will blow you away.
Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.