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