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

€ 1052.12

93 × in wishlist

492 × member ratings

2599 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Hibiki 17-year-old

49 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.53 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. 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.

  3. 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

  4. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

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

  5. dandyman 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.

  6. wisekyofcourse 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. KDD scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. Malthead19 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    - 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 ...
    • Nose
      super mild, soft and fruity, sweet, flowery, zero off-flavors, very balanced
    • Taste
      extremely mild start, fruity, soft, round, old grapes, Malaga raisins
    • Finish
      light, very soft, medium-long finish;
      medium-long, sweet aftertaste

  9. schengel10 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    ... detached from the (sometimes utopian) price, we have a beautiful, flowery, fruity and very ripe Japanese blend - without rough edges - but largely without off-flavors!
    [Color] = gold;
    • Nose
      floral, fruity (peach, nectarine), soft, sweet (honey);
    • Taste
      mild, fruity, sweet start, definitely also spicy, raspberries, strawberries, sweet cherries, fine vanilla, spices, oak;
    • Finish
      medium length, fruity, very sweet finish;

  10. Foudos scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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


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