The Suntory Hibiki is probably the most famous japanese blend, but especially one of the most rewarded with no fewer than five gold medals won at international competitions, just for this 17 year old version that I propose you to discover.
Created in 1989, the Hibiki is a blend of single malts from Yamazaki and Hakushu with grain whisky from Chita distillery, it was made famous in particular for his appearance in the 2003 film "Lost in Translation" by Sofia Coppola, but also for its beautifull bottle with 24 facets representing the 24 seasons of the japanese lunar calendar.
Bottled at 43% ABV, Hibiki is available in four aged versions ; 12, 17, 21 and 30 year old, but at the begining it was proposed in no aged version but there are also a few copies of an ultra-limited release of a 35 year old bottled in a gorgeous bottle of japanese porcelain.
Without further ado, I propose you to share my experience of tasting Hibiki 17 year old version composed of single malts and single grains aged at least 17 years, nice program perspective!
Review by Nicolas
I liked the rich and round texture, and the low level of alcohol (43%) make it pretty sweet.