Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Blended Malt
Suntory Whisky (SWh)
Stated Age
12 years old
Plum Liqueur Barrels
43.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Old Label ('12' in the middle of the label)
Added on
15 Dec 2011 11:22 pm

Average value

€ 497.51

16 × in wishlist

50 × member ratings

245 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Hibiki 12-year-old

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.54 points

  1. Frankie John scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Pretty light compared to other Japanese whiskys

  2. Frankie John scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Pretty light compared to other Japanese whiskys

  3. whiskyd scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

  4. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A beautiful well-balanced quality whiskey. I did not expect that from a blended whiskey. I often find the grain component in a blent too dominant and too bitter. But the grain whiskey they use here is soft, sweet and nutty. The grain whiskey really adds something here. All in all a very good whiskey that I can highly recommend to both novice and advanced whiskey drinkers. 喝采!
    • Nose
      Bright, sweet, fresh, complex, intense, floral, fruity, malt sugars, vanilla, mild bananas and pineapple notes, Creme brûlée, Freshly baked donuts, well-balanced oak, Pear candies and plums. All in all a beautiful fragrance that reflects the quality of this whiskey.
    • Taste
      Complex, intense, soft, fresh, Creme brûlée, cake, vanilla, fino sherry, floral notes of roses and lilies, soft sweet oak. A very well balanced blend. They have done their best to make a beautiful composition with only top quality whiskeys.
    • Finish
      long complex, slightly sweet, spicy and pleasant aftertaste. Nothing dominates but is very well balanced.

  5. Marais scored this whisky 80 points Member Junior

    Lovely light whisky, remarkably drinkable. Lacking the long lasting finish of older Hibikis but the initial taste is spectacular. Price has gone up a lot recently but still great value.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      75 75

  6. Mushinico scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. Dede scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Fresh nose, on the cereal, mouth to match, it's simple, a little short but not badly done.

  8. Alex did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Distillers Tasting Notes: A wonder of fruity, clean, rich, pure taste. Color: shiny amber Nose: pineapple, plum, raspberry, honey, custard Palate: soft, mellow and smooth, sweet Finish: long and sweet, spicy-fruity, hint of sourness



  9. mmaclean scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Wonderful addition to the Japanese whisky line. When I first tried this I had know idea about what to expect and was quite surprised how good it was. Would be nice to see an 18 year old come out soon.


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