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.
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.
A very nice japanese blend, with very interesting notes of peach blossoms and acacia honey, and an exceptional balance. If it wasn't for the short finish and delicate body, this would score 2-3 points higher.
- very pleasant, complex Japanese blend - it has some special filigree characteristic combined with a typical Japanese style of taste - Here you can also taste the older vintages from the Blend out - fully reminiscent of those Malaga raisins in the ice cream ... - the current price is of course far from good and bad ...
super mild, soft and fruity, sweet, flowery, zero off-flavors, very balanced
extremely mild start, fruity, soft, round, old grapes, Malaga raisins
light, very soft, medium-long finish; medium-long, sweet aftertaste