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Overall rating
86.03/100
votes
381
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 8:58 pm

Average value

€ 778,34

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381 × member ratings

1877 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Hibiki 17-year-old

36 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.03 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. 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.

  3. Vallado scored this whisky 87 points Member 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

  4. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. Egge scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Honey, subtle smoke, as from a candle just blown out, also a little wax ?, plenty of oak, cooked fruits (plums?)
    • Taste
      85 85
      grated orange peel, sweet honey, then a little banana, the mouth is slowly drying, the oak pushes forward and then goes into ginger.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Rather long, the fruit stays with me little back, rather bitter notes in the direction of bitter very dark chocolate.

      A certain fruity note comes up in the meantime.

  7. Macheye scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    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/
    • 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.

  8. htz881 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  10. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

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