This year on the inaugural Japanese Whisky Day (April 1st), we were excited to crown Hibiki 30 as our Whisky Of The Year. This outstanding bottle earned its spot on the top stage, ousting 63 other competitors in 6 rounds of head to head competition. Hibiki 30 faced some fierce competition, but ultimately came out on top in the final contest by beating Yamazaki 25. In the end, Hibiki 30 took home 62% of your votes to earn the title of our Whisky Of The Year.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the voting, we received thousands of votes from people around the globe. In addition to crowning Hibiki 30, we were also excited to award one lucky voter with a bottle of Yamazaki 12. Congratulations to Josh from San Diego on winning this great prize. In addition, we have some other lucky winners who have been contacted by email. We hope that you enjoyed all the excitement of this competition!
Hibiki 30 – Changing Perceptions Of Blended Whisky
As Japanese Whisky has continued to rise in popularity, Suntory’s Hibiki line has earned fame around the globe. It has been featured in movies, television, publications and countless competitions. These iconic bottles, with their 24 facet design, stand out among any collection with incredible beauty that is only surpassed by the outstanding liquid contained within. Hibiki has transformed the whisky industry by giving enthusiasts an entirely new outlook on blended whisky, turning even the harshest critics into raving fans. Each release showcases the highest levels of craftsmanship in combining carefully selected malt and grain whiskies to produce an expression that is truly a masterpiece.
Of all the Hibiki bottles, the 30 Year Old is the cream of the crop. It was awarded at the International Spirits Challenge in 2004, 2006, and 2008, and received the coveted title of “World’s Best Blended Whisky” at the World Whiskies Award in 2007 and 2008. Comprised of grain and malt whiskies aged for 30 years and over, a dram doesn’t get much better than this.
Yamazaki 25 – An Iconic Single Malt
The delicious, world-beating Yamazaki 25 Year Old was released all the way back in 1999, a whole 20 years ago. Rather surprising, as for anyone who follows Japanese whisky, it feels like it was only yesterday.
In 2012, a whole 13 years after it was first released, the incredible Yamazaki 25 was named the “World’s Best Single Malt Whisky” at the annual World Whiskies Awards, really putting it on the map. From then on, it went from strength to strength, leading it to become one of the most sought after and prized single malt whisky expressions in the world today.
So what’s so great about the Yamazaki 25 Year Old? The most apparent thing, to both experienced drinkers and newcomers, is it’s unrivalled balance, poise and smoothness. There is not a harsh note to be found in this exquisite bottling, and the huge range of intriguing flavours on offer complement each other in a way that only true masters of whisky could make possible.
It’s a perfectly harmonious whisky that provides a reminder of what is possible with hard work, expertise and dedication. It’s an expression that has already made a name for itself and has firmly positioned itself in the history books.