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Hibiki 21 Year Old was, yet again, selected as the best blended whisky in the world at the World Whisky Awards 2016. This comes as no surprise to us at dekantā, as the Hibiki has been awarded every year at the WWA since 2009, and is, in our view, a work of pure genius. The judges described it as being “Elegant, sweet and complex. This whisky is full of dried fruit, orange peel, strawberry jam, and baked apple from start to finish. Smooth, subtle and fairly short.” We agree and we are sure you will, too!
- World’s Best Blended Whisky (World Whiskies Awards, 2016)
- World’s Best Blended Whisky (World Whiskies Awards, 2013)
- World’s Best Blended Whisky (World Whiskies Awards, 2011)
- World’s Best Blended Whisky (World Whiskies Awards, 2010)
- Trophy (International Spirits Challenge, 2013-2015)
- Gold Medal (International Spirits Challenge, 2012)
Suntory is a giant in the whisky producing field. It has produced innumerable award winning whiskies for both the domestic and export markets. Of these, both the single malts of Yamazaki and Hakushu often make the headlines but the distillery group also produces the sensational (and multiple award winning) Hibiki blended whisky, (aged at 12yo, 17yo, 21 yo and 30 yo) using spirit from the aforementioned distilleries as well as grain whisky from their Chita production plant. The 12yo Hibiki is noted for its fragrant, fruity aroma, which it partly obtains from additional maturation using Ume Plum Wine casks.
Nose: Rum-raisins, christmas spices, thick, mild oak, a hint of mint, cedar wood, tobacco. Mouth: Sandalwood, cedarwood, spices, dry oak. Finish: A wide array of woods again, mirroring those in nose and mouth, tobacco, medium long, hints of bitterness.
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