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Overall rating
86.33/100
votes
428
Category
Blend
Bottler
Suntory Whisky (SWh)
Stated Age
17 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
響 / "17" printed in gold
Barcode
4901777020306
Added on
13 Oct 2011 8:05 pm

Average value

€ 801.67

84 × in wishlist

428 × member ratings

2150 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Hibiki 17-year-old

43 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.33 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 87 points Administrator

    We are back in Japan, to witness the grace, elaboration and refinement of a tea ceremony translated into the art of whisky blending. The aroma of Hibiki 17 is elegant, complex and floral with exotic spices, green plums and notes of old wood and leather. Distant charcoal, honeycomb and hints of tobacco round off the nose. Bold, intense oak flavors dominate the taste, taking turns with plum sourness, sweet nectarines and fresh mint. Although a little weak in its savory-dry 'matcha green tea finish', it still is a skillfully blended, adorable Japanese dram.

    RATING: 4.0/5.0 stars ≙ 87 pts → FIRST-CLASS
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  2. Vallado scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Never before have I had such an intense floral scent in my glass, my nose is the absolute top hammer! Unfortunately, taste and finish can not keep up the stakes. Overall, however, remains a great whiskey, but unfortunately now - due to the discontinuation of bottling and the general trend among the Japanese - has become disproportionately expensive.
    • Nose
      89 89
      intense floral notes (orchid?), citrus fruit, burning candle wax, possibly some honey
    • Taste
      86 86
      first light pepper, then dominate again floral notes, cloves, sweet vanilla, "yellow" fruits and maybe a little orange
    • Finish
      85 85
      medium-long, cocoa-bitter finish with light citrus notes

  3. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  4. kanpai79 scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    I like the 17er. Better balanced than the far more expensive 21yo. Great blend, consistently good over many years. Great whiskey.

  5. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      First closed, only a little adhesive flows out of the glass. Over time, he then shows a sour side with lime zest, hints of fermentation (thanks Jonas!), And wood
    • Taste
      86 86
      Spicy, tingling (in the sense of alcoholic) onset, the tongue becomes a little numb, strawberries and cherries appear and are always accompanied by this spiciness
    • Finish
      85 85
      medium-long, spicy-sweet and later a little more red fruit

      All in all less harmonious than expected

  6. matfrl scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. Fred Labosch scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Original retail price: ~80 €

  8. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Sweet fruit; Honey, vanilla; immediately this lychee note, but also a clear barrel note (slightly woody, suggests a bitter taste)
      in the foreground, however, clearly sweet; Flower meadow
    • Taste
      90 90
      Leather; spicy; Nut; become slightly sweet, not at all bitter as initially suspected; rather delicate tart; Nut gets stronger
    • Finish
      86 86
      woody, spicy; Lychee; Nut; Heat through spice; slightly tart, but rather short overall

  9. IIIZIII scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
      White chocolate and sour fresh citrus. Vanilla, Bourbony vanilla cream sprinkled with lemon. Lemon sorbet.
    • Taste
      87 87
      No alcohol at all. Creamy vanilla, Very easy to drink. Vanilla ice cream
    • Finish
      86 86
      For me it is coming fast and disappears right away, but with a beatiful creaminess

  10. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Blind Sample:

      Colour:
      Orange Gold

      Nose:
      First comes to me candle wax. Then comes a slightly fresh breeze, in the form of some menthol. The whiskey itself smells very light. Just do not think that has more than 46%. I find my honey and something like warm lemon tea. But there is still a sour note that raussticht, but does not fit into the picture. Got some fermented peaches in a plastic barrel. The longer it stands, the more acidic it becomes. But it comes through caramel and hazelnut. I'm not even sure if this is a Scottish whiskey. A fine flag of smoke lies in the background. If it gets even more time in the glass, light currants and gooseberries are noticeable.
    • Taste
      Easy onset of alcohol. Then it gets harsh and bitter. Really nutty bitter. Has something from a cleaner. Even a little soapy. Wet cardboard box and artificial sauna infusion of some coniferous tree. That's a hard number. Think more and more that it is a German whiskey. The alcohol bizzles easily. Think the 46% go ok. It does not get better with the second sip. : D
      Some sweet vanilla comes through. And again fermented fruit. In the taste but rather the berries. Plum comes through. But immature. It will then be more woody.
    • Finish
      Short to medium. Bitter and dry. In addition a dry wood taste with a little ginger.

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