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Overall rating
85.49/100
votes
305
Category
Blend
Bottler
Suntory Whisky (SWh)
Stated Age
17 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
"17" printed in gold
Barcode
4901777020306
Added on
13 Oct 2011 8:58 pm

Average value

€ 785,71

Tastingtags

31 Notes

Slàinte Mhath
Administrator Slàinte Mhath Review note
24 Oct 2017 6:09 pm
Slàinte Mhath gave this whisky 87 points

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 ≙ 87 pts   ·FIRST-CLASS·

Weighted Rate
86.5
Nose
90
Initial taste
87
Body
88
Finish
84
Price
78
Presentation
89
“That's what I do. I drink, and I know things.” (Tyrion Lannister)
Macheye
Expert Senior Macheye Tasting note
14 Jun 2018 2:40 pm
Macheye gave this whisky 89 points
Color
Old gold
Nose

Expressive and highly appealing. Honey and orange peels are joined by polished wood, incense and sandalwood. Lively fresh tropical fruits – mango and roasted bananas – sit with light leather and tobacco. Already we’re playing around with sweetness vs. sourness.

Taste

A syrupy arrival that’s got plenty of weight for 43% ABV. Orange blossoms and orange peels (quite unrelatedly) sit with tangerines and nectarines and our already identified tropicals – mango and banana. Starting sweet, but gradually souring in the mouth throughout the development, these also lend the whisky some progressive dryness. In the mid-palate, the grain element can be discerned – bright corns and maize alongside brass polish. It’s exceedingly well integrated. Woodiness runs throughout the whisky (though whether this has been in mizunana I’m unsure – possibly a time/packet of whisky) and expresses both sandalwood and spices – gently ginger, more pronounced cinnamon.

Finish

Medium in length and packed full of slightly tart fruitiness, woodspice and cinnamon.

Comments

Hibiki 17 year old is quite lovely. There’s oodles of character here, from the inviting nose, through to a lovely fruit-driven development. There’s also plenty of balance and poise – every component being exactly how it was designed to be. Whilst the NAS Hibiki expressions feel somewhat manufactured (albeit generally well manufactured), at this age, the blend starts to feel much more naturally composed and confident. Of course, with the discontinuation, acquiring this outside of auctions is now akin to hunting unobtainium – and it has been far from easy (or cheap) for a number of years already. In the writing of this article I checked the most recent auction price for this bottling and found a jaw dropping £380 (plus fees). Quite lovely, but now quite ludicrous.

https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/suntory-(blended)/hibiki-17-year-old/

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htz881
Member Senior htz881 Review note
01 May 2018 9:36 pm
htz881 gave this whisky 87 points
Weighted Rate
87
Nose
88
Initial taste
87
Body
88
Finish
86
Price
82
Presentation
90
boy_genius_ck
Connoisseur boy_genius_ck Review note
05 Dec 2017 1:20 am
boy_genius_ck gave this whisky 84 points
Weighted Rate
83.8
Nose
87
Initial taste
85
Body
82
Finish
84
Price
65
Presentation
97
boy_genius_ck
Connoisseur boy_genius_ck Tasting note
05 Dec 2017 1:18 am
boy_genius_ck gave this whisky 84 points
Color
Jonquiripe corn
Nose

really fruity, elegant light wood, light tannins, pineapple, milk chocolate, plum, toffee, sweet grass, banana, papaya, roasted sugars

Taste

light, watery, sugars, light fruits, coconut, light bitter wood but elegantly presented

Finish

medium-long, fruity, beautiful sugars, caramel, toffee, light oak, hint of smoke, light smoke and fruits at the back followed by lightly charred muscovado sugar and caramel

Comments

it’s good but i’m so glad i sold my bottle for a hefty profit because it’s just not worth it anymore

Calmar
Expert Senior Calmar Tasting note
11 Oct 2017 11:28 am
Calmar gave this whisky 90 points
Color
Amontillad
Nose

Дыня, манго, засахаренные кумкваты, сухофрукты, изюм, вяленые бананы, сливочные ириски, варёная сгущёнка, ароматная древесина, лимонные и апельсиновые цукаты.

Taste

 Тёплый, маслянистый, мягкая дубовая горечь на сладком фоне, корки лимона и апельсина, имбирь, перец, изюм.

Finish

Мягкое, нежное, специи на кисло-сладком фоне сухофруктов, изюма, цитрусов, к сожалению не очень длительное.

Comments

Прекрасный образец японского виски, цельный качественный продукт, начиная с упаковки и дизайна бутылки; великолепный баланс тёплого сахарно-фруктового аромата и бодрящего вкуса, питкий, мягкий, нескучный, единственный минус - простоватое и короткое послевкусие, в остальном - безупречный бленд, нектар.

jazzpianofingers
Connoisseur jazzpianofingers Note
26 Jun 2017 9:55 pm
jazzpianofingers gave this whisky 82 points

https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/06/26/mnc-pikka-nikka-outro/

C: The profile is uncannily similar alongside its older [21yo] sibling - what Serge recently described as ‘an obvious parentage’. Personal preference may sway you one way or the other but both the 17 & 21yo are excellent whiskies, though I became disengaged with this one after a while.

Scores a C

Gaija
Expert Senior Gaija Tasting note
05 Apr 2017 6:43 pm
Gaija gave this whisky 79 points
Color
Jonquiripe corn
Nose

There really is an epitomical floweriness to this dram, might be one of the most flowery I've had. On Hyacinth mostly. And it's true that some unripe green melon touches give it a healthy fruity charm. But on top of all that, the grain is absolutely dominating. Nail polish all over the place, and aeration doesn't ever seem benefical.

Taste

Sadly, things are getting worse. On the nose, the beautiful fruits and flowers coexisted with the nail polish. Here, the latter burries everything. You might even think some cheap white rum had been involved at some point. Way too solventy for my taste.

Finish

Not really better, sadly.

Comments

The nose shows some very unique sides, and you can hear the Hakushu speaking, but the rest is disappointingly solventy and grain-driven. Seeing the comments of others, I think I might have to revisit it at some point, maybe I was just in a bad day ...

I like the 12 better, and yet I wouldn't buy the 12 at its current pricepoint. Neither would I have bought the 17 three years ago at half its current price. So nowadays, no question.

mr.p9
Expert Senior mr.p9 Review note
03 Feb 2017 9:11 am
mr.p9 gave this whisky 84 points

very nice dram if payed the original price of around 60 euros.

Weighted Rate
83.8
Nose
84
Initial taste
86
Body
84
Finish
85
Price
70
Presentation
90
wisekycourse
Expert Senior wisekycourse Note
26 Jan 2017 8:23 pm

Au nez,bois ,cuir,du sherry très soft,de la crème meringuée,très doux,trop?

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