Overall rating
Suntory Whisky (SWh)
Stated Age
21 years old
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Individual bottle number
Added on
24 Sep 2011 5:48 am

Average value

€ 679,81

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Whisky Reviews for Hibiki 21-year-old

36 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.48 points

  1. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Moderator

    A great whisky indeed - it's just a bit too sweet and smooth for my taste - thus is probably not my favorite but still great
    • Nose
      Sweet oak and vanilla, rich, intensive, also fruity like citrus fruits, tropical fruits, passion fruits, ripe bananas, pineapples
    • Taste
      Very oily, liquorice, mellow and thick, nice fruity notes with rich vanilla and oak aromas, nice sweetness, after a while also some nutty and cinnamon notes come up
    • Finish
      Long and smooth, still having some citrusy and vanilla

  2. Segens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Hibiki 21 - It was one of my dreams several years ago to have it in my glass and how exceptional it would be when Japanese whiskies were exploding (price-wise).
    Tonight is the night so to say!
    Nose: Very fruity and balanced maybe too balanced but ok it is a blend so maybe to be expected. Give it some time in the glass as the fruit-bomb develops from minute to minute. Apricots, lychees, mango, oranges, papaya very exotiv fruit basked. So let's see what it brings on the palate: Very round, very smooth simply very nice. When pouring the dram in the glass 30 minutes ago I had a first little sip and was very disappointed. Now 30 minutes later it really shows its full variety. The fruit basket is as in the nose maybe even some additonal fruits like raspberries or a hint of cinnamon.
    The finish is a bit short but ok it is a 43% blend so you could have expected it. All in all a great ride through the fruit jungle which I truly did not wanna miss. Of course when looking at today's money you need to invest for a bottle like this definitely invest it in some 1970s independent Speysiders. They are much more complex and even cheaper but if you find the opportunity to drink a dram of this great Hibiki 21 you definitly should give it a try. 89/100

  3. Bretorianer scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Had this Whisky on the Whiskyschiff in Luzern. The nose was great, taste and finish was good but a bit weaker compared with the 17 year old Hibiki
    • Nose
      90 90
      Citrus and tropical fruits, lots of vanilla
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sweet, maybe to sweet. Light fruits...
    • Finish
      88 88
      Vanilla and citrus notes

  4. pippo g scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    beautiful blend without flaws but almost too round, has little character.

    Very sweet, many bright fruits, great mouthfeel. However, even for the price a few years ago he would be too expensive for me, the current prices are no longer the taste.

  5. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    That's a damn tasty blend. Probably the tastiest I have tasted so far. He's fun.

    However, you have to pay heavily. The current price is lifted without question. Since you get a few 20-30 years old, beautifully matured Bourbon keg whiskeys, with which you can also have a lot of joy.
    • Nose
      Immediately after pouring, surprisingly, some glue. So let it stand for a few minutes. After a few minutes my nose reminds me of an old bourbon barrel of whiskey. A real fruit basket. A mixture of yellow fruits and tropical fruits. Quince, yellow gooseberry, lychee, papaya, etc. In addition, an aromatic note, which I ascribe to the oak. I'll say furniture polish.
    • Taste
      Full, intense and sweet in the mouth. Some cotton candy. Birch sap. Then again the full droning fruits. Date, tangerine, mango, pineapple. This aromatic note comes again. Floor wax and shoe wax. Then a little orange with cloves. It is getting drier.
    • Finish
      The oak flavor is spreading. Dark chocolate with orange pieces. Dry wood. Pear dish.

  6. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Sweet fruits, dates, old leather, chocolate, christmas cake, furniture polish, coffee, vanilla, oak cask, mown hay, cream and apples notes on nose.

    Chocolate, spices, dried fruits, oak cask, light creosote, apples notes on palate.

    Spices, vanilla, oak cask, apples, green tea, chocolate notes on long finish.

  7. ovanpuyvelde did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 415€ at Whisky Auction (September 2017).

  8. dram_on scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    If this bottle came in at 46%, I'd give a few more points ...

  9. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    N: Soft-rich fruits (blood orange, frangipane-cherry, marmalade, orange blossom, wild strawberries, raspberry leaf tea wrapped in plasticine, fusty peppery dunnage, yes! Like a genie of the lamp, i seem to get exactly whatever I ask for.
    T: Woody-fruity-sugary with thick-deep bitter putty - the oak has a bite, soft yes but a bite nevertheless.
    F: Not a long finish.
    C: Another case of the 1,2 & 3’s - nose>palate>finish.Scores B[-] points overall [nose A,..]

  10. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    So far probably. One of the 1-3 best Japanese I ever had, wow!
    • Nose
      Fermented fruits, mushy strawberry, baked apple, honey, pear and vanilla, very fragrant as one is used to from Japan and Hibiki in particular, one could give it time forever
    • Taste
      All fruits from above again, apple, pear, sour berries, elegant cedar and licorice, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, dried fruit, very full-bodied for the%, wow!
    • Finish
      Long, ginger, apple peel, dried fruit


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