Overall rating
Suntory Whisky (SWh)
Stated Age
12 years old
Plum Liqueur Barrels
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Old Label ('12' in the middle of the label)
Bottle code
Added on
03 Oct 2011 8:03 am

Average value

€ 799.90

60 × in wishlist

322 × member ratings

1006 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Hibiki 12-year-old

44 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.47 points

  1. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Twice as good as the NAS Harmony, I like it very much!
    • Nose
      Flowery, fruity, vanilla, raspberry, coconut, almost perfumed, pear, honey, toffee, very aromatic, oak in perfume
    • Taste
      Sweet-complex with a hint of spicenote, orange overripe, red apple with fine oriental spices and nutmeg, flowers and Japanese oak, some lemon and coffee in between
    • Finish
      Medium long, very soft and creamy with orange and light spice

  2. zinaf scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    what a great whisky. took me by surprise. i could sip this every day, couple of times a day.
    • Nose
      malt; citrus - oranges; touch of grassiness; sweetness; creamy; nutty; apricots; 

      water: candy shop; toffee
    • Taste
      fruit bomb; citrus; oranges; apples; touch of vanilla; sweet; 

      water - more sweetness
    • Finish
      medium on sour apple; citrus

  3. AngeloMerten scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Not worth the current price.
    At that time I bought 5 bottles (a 60, - Euro).
    Super daily Drum!
    • Nose
      85 85
      Beautiful fruity nose with mirabelle, honeydew melon, peach and pears.
      Slight adhesive note.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Soft, almost lax but very pleasant.
      No trace of alcohol.
      Malty sweet with mirabelle plums, citrus fruits and a light spicy touch.
      Barrel and spirit in beautiful interplay.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Short with lemon and a hint of chocolate.

  4. TechnOBY scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  5. Fight65 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  6. Deloti scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Second go at this Hibiki. I change my rating down to 78. It´s a pleasant dram but that´s it for me. Definitely overpriced and overvalued in my opinion.

  7. peatbogger scored this whisky 78 points Specialist

    Slightly over rated, greatly over priced.
    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      74 74

  8. peatbogger scored this whisky 78 points Specialist

    Have absolutely no idea what justifies the price on this. 

    £40? Yes. £50? Maybe. +£150? Excuse me???
    • Nose
      Fresh and fruity.

      Apricots and nectarines.

      Riesling white wine with a dolop of varnish.

      Oak and some sherry notes emerge after a while.
    • Taste
      Dry with quite some kick of mixed spice.

      The fruit is there but not on par with what was expected from the nose.

      Bolder on malted grain and some fudge towards the end.
    • Finish
      Medium lenght.

      Lightly salted, dry and bitter.

      Ending on bitter oak, which I find a little bit harsh.

  9. spigray scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    of course I´ve rated the old price, nowadays ridiculously expensive.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. spigray scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    good palate, a little sweet
    • Nose
      apricots, apricot jam, prunes. nutmeg and a little vanilla. grassy and floral too.
      initially the grain is rather loud but that vanishes after a while.
    • Taste
      much better than on the nose, thick and mouthcoating, good balanced , perhaps a tad too sweet. malty nutty, fudgy. apples and very sweet plums. spicy.
    • Finish
      medium, harmonious


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