Hibiki Suntory Whisky

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Suntory Whisky (SWh)
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
響/No Age Statement Old Label Imported by Suntory London
Added on
19 Sep 2013 5:09 pm

Average value

€ 600.00

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40 × member ratings

118 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Hibiki Suntory Whisky

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.24 points

  1. Whiskytempel did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    This bottle caused a lot of confusion. The is NOT a Hibiki NAS, as many reviewed here. It's completely nonsense to compare this bottle with the new Hibiki Japanese Harmony, which is truly a NAS.

    This old HIBIKI without age statement is truly a classic in Japanese whisky history. Producer Suntory decided to bring this very first bottling without age statement written on the label and box. But this does not mean, the used whiskys are young. Is has been reported by a lot of sources, that Suntory carefully picked just the very best casks they could find in the 1980ies for their new HIBIKI range. The age of the cask they used were between 15 and 25 years old. The old blenders from Suntory choose their cask by taste, not per age. 

    These days, it's a bit confusing, but the whole market has changed during the last decades. Everybody seems to be addicted to any age statement, no matter, how good the quality of the cask is. You can have way better whiskys with a 10 year matured first fill or virgin cask compared to a whisky, that has matured 20 years in a cask, the was used three or four time before. Just keep in mind.

    Back to HIBIKI: Suntory planned to roll out this new named Blended Whisky all over Japan for one reason: to show, that a perfectly crafted and blended whisky can reach a new level of quality. So you better forget all you know about this cheap fast money blended whisky you know.This is quality blended whisky perfection. When this bottle hit the market in Japan, it was a complete sensation. First Japanese, later the whole world fell in love with this unique (and perfectly packed) whisky. 

    If you want to know the story from the very beginning, you need to search for this bottles. They usually come a beige, ivory or yellow box. On the neck of the bottle you can find a wax seal.

    Even this HIBIKI has no age statement, it is one of the rarest bottles from Japan and definitely a must have/drink for whisky lovers. 

    Over the years, Suntory has changed the HIBIKI many times. With their new range Japanese Harmony, 12Y (discontinued), 17, 21, 30, 35 you can find a very great whisky that suits to your demands. If you want to know, how the big HIBIKI story begun, try to find this bottle. It's liquid Japan whisky history.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  2. wbarchive_337380 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    the quality of this bottle is better than any other hibikis u can find in the market. The taste is more profound, more refine and exquisite. The difference is significant.
    • Nose
      100 100
    • Taste
      100 100
    • Finish
      93 93

  3. wbarchive_337380 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    the quality of this bottle is better than any other hibikis u can find in the market. The taste is more profound, more refine and exquisite. The difference is significant.
    • Nose
      100 100
    • Taste
      100 100
    • Finish
      93 93

  4. mr.p9 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    this is a nice 50 euros whisky.nothing special about it.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  5. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Moderator

    Little vanilla and citrus fruits, rather light but very drinkable and also enjoyable

  6. pianoman scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Overripe plums. Root Beer, rice wine. A trace of smoke. Some mint, eucalyptus and light wood.
    • Taste
      Sweetened plums with a slight bitterness. Again rice wine, sweet and sour sauce.

  7. Butz75 scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      79 79

  8. Mephistroc scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    This version is the old version of the Hibiki 17 that was released only for Japan market (and before age statement on Hibiki). Late 80s

    Lots of hints from Mizunara wood, and a good complexity.

    Dry, a good presence of spices and fruits.

    Very good, unforgetable, but impossible to find again.

    do not confuse with the new NAS Hibiki
    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      71 71
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. markjedi1 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Pity, but this blend
    is not my thing. Mildly spicy, but far too perfumy.
    • Nose
      The nose is sweet and
      very fresh and fruity. Raspberry, pineapple, gooseberry and white peach. Rather
      soft on the spices with mostly vanilla. Quite docile, but nice.
    • Taste
      But the palate is a
      serious letdown. A chemical sweetness overpowers the fruit. Floral too! Yep,
      even perfume. Loads of spices now, next to the vanilla. Some pepper and ginger.
      Nutmeg? Still very light, though.
    • Finish
      The finish is a tad
      spicy, but the artificial sweetness ruins it for me. FWP, or something very
      close to it.


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