Suntory is the oldest whisky making company in Japan. Its origins stretch back to a small shop, started in 1899 by Torii Shinjiro, which specialized in selling imported wines. Today, it is the country’s largest and most recognizable producer of quality whisky. Of all its products, the Hibiki remains the most popular, having been chosen as the best whisky in the world on several occasions. This Hibiki 17 year old is a blended malt and grain whisky, which proves odd, since blends frequently do not come with age statements. It is obvious that Suntory have intended to produce a high quality whisky here.
- Gold Award (International Spirits Challenge, 2013)