Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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

€ 1600.00

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218 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Hibiki 21-year-old

42 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.35 points

  1. dram-drinker scored this whisky 92 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. Monsieur Dram scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A dram very pleasant to drink, multi-faceted. A first level of tasting easy and pleasant, but when you dig, it is complex and full of surprises, all without a real flaw!
    • Nose
      The first nose is very floral and gives off scents of feminine scent. There is little difference. Leave him a little time to open ... We now see notes of candied almonds and oranges. The whole is dry, but with a little opening, notes of vanilla and honey counterbalance and round off the feeling of drought. We have here a rather complex nose, not easy to define. I am very curious of what we reserve the continuation ...
    • Taste
      A light and dry texture, but with the body despite the reduction to 43%. Citrus fruits and some bitterness could be reminiscent of dark chocolate. Then we go on peppermint. We lose the sweet and delicate side of the nose. In the mouth there is something more rough and angular. I was expecting a rather easy blend, that's not the case! After a few minutes, you can even smell an ounce of smoke.
    • Finish
      Rather long and dry on pepper and spices. Complex and pleasant.

  3. nallacam scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      84 84

  4. Highlander65 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    I taste this malt during my trip to Japan in September 2019, at Cask Strength in Tokyo.
    Maybe I was not very fit, but I thought better, given the aging of 21 years and the great fame of this whiskey, I expected more sensations, more emotions, instead my Harmony Master's Select holds up well the comparison.
    • Nose
      Sweet and creamy scent like Hibiki Harmony. I can't feel much more evolved sensations. You can feel the sweetness of the grain and after a while I seem to perceive a good pipe tobacco
    • Taste
      Also in the mouth it is sweet and creamy, velvety, captivating. Very feminine
    • Finish
      Quite long finish, good

  5. DrunkDude scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Don’t know why people like it so much.
    Very plain one at even half of its price.

  6. PEATYBOI scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

  7. A0525 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A pleasant sweet nose with wisps of smoke and wood also a nice sweet palate but it is a little thin and watery in my view.
    Some nice spice notes emerge that liven things up
    and the balance is decent as are the flavours, at a higher strength the profile would shine, perhaps 48-50% is needed.
    At this price it is very poor value, this is nothing special, but it is a nice sipping whisky for sure,
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. 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

  10. 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


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