Tasting the Suntory Hibiki 17 year old

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.
Hibiki 17 (2)

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!

Kanpaï !

Review by Nicolas

Beautiful golden light amber color due to a small percentage of single malts aged in sherry casks.
Many flavors are expressed in the first smell with pear and quince and a shy hint of caramel and almond. But in general, this is a whisky rather "sweet".
In the mouth it is still a sweet universe but with hints of strawberries then pear and caramel. But I am really surprised by the maturity and complexity of the Hibiki 17 year old.
I liked the rich and round texture, and the low level of alcohol (43%) make it pretty sweet.
Long and powerful finish with the appearance of typical notes of grain whiskies such as corn syrup and until the end a fruity bouquet with a predominance of strawberry and baked apple.
This 17 year old version of Hibiki is up to my expectations. It's a safe bet for a reasonable price. Older whiskies are becoming more and more rare in the range of Suntory, it is time for you to taste it before it's too late if you haven't already done !

Published by Nicolas

The Thursday 20 February 2014 at 17h56


  1. HD335

    I appreciate your tasting notes and looking forward to opening mine in a couple of weeks. I had a friend who went back to Hong Kong a few weeks ago and asked him to pick me up a bottle since the 17 is not available here in the US. I paid a hefty tag on it but I’m sure I will have no regrets and enjoy it. The 12 was very nice, although I felt it became a little more course as I was finishing the bottle.

    • Hello !
      Thank you for your comment 😉
      You won’t be disappointed with the 17 year old, all the Hibiki family is absolutely fantastic !
      So sad that you can’t find it easily in the US..
      Maybe one day it will change..
      But today, you have to travel towards Japan or even Europe to find more of these japanese whiskies.

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