Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Suntory Whisky (SWh)
Stated Age
17 years old
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
響 / "17" printed in gold, Backlabel Morrison Bowmore
Bottle code
Added on
13 Oct 2011 8:05 pm

Average value

€ 865.33

86 × in wishlist

457 × member ratings

2425 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Hibiki 17-year-old

46 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.47 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 87 points Super 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. Fred Labosch scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. wisekycourse scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, wood, leather, very soft sherry, meringue cream, very sweet, too?
    creamy, sweet, undifferentiated fruity, malt.

  7. Foudos scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. pere scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Maritime, a bit of rubber, sweetness, a bit of flowers, vanilla, heather, glue, meatloaf.
    • Taste
      Quite light and soft, malt, oak, dry grass.
    • Finish
      Dryish, grass, oak spices.

  9. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur


    The Foz spots Hibiki 17yo for £16.50, which is a fine price in today’s climate. I bite, and start with this modest-strength blend.

    N: A nose with finesse and a lightness, though – even at 43% – it’s never light. Some of the character I noted down focused around the minerality, putty and < watercress.
    T: The mouthfeel is certainly not Scottish. With a sour putty direction, there’s a kind of dryness that is olive & wine-tannic moving towards a very considered sherry influence.
    F: A soft hum.

    C: I’ve never been blown away with Hibiki 17, but this evening, it was shining brightly.

  10. 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


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