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Whisky Reviews for Hibiki 17-year-old
13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.35 points
- A fabulous whisky that used to be worth the hype before it became stupidly expensive on the secondary market. Light, floral, fruity and extremely drinkable. Short on the finish but that really isn't an issue. Is it worth £150 a bottle? yes probably. Is it worth £700 a bottle? Absolutely not.
- Body: Smooth and dense, a little thick and slightly sticky.
Overall: Delicate and elegant, the more you drink the more you love it. The expression of "sweet" is gentler, like a juicy orange petal. Compared with straight butter and caramel, this elegant sweetness is transparent and not stuffy. Hibiki 17 yo is like a gentle wind, but it does not lose expression.
The rustling apricot meat, the simmered plum pear, the syrup, the clear honey, and the dried wood sticks. Then came the floral fragrance (Lamei, Jasmine). After a while, a fruity, lightly roasted fig flesh emerged, a bit of citrus, and dried sweet and cranberries.
Soft taste. Sweet orange, sand tangerine, fig flesh with seeds, honey grapefruit juice. Refreshing and comfortable sweetness, like biting juice from Aksu rock candy heart. The finish gives a bit of saltiness, and the fruit is dipped in salt to increase the aftertaste.
In Chinese, Luo Han Guo soaked in water, the sweetness of ginseng fruit, and the sweetness of the wooden block disappeared.
Floral with hints of fresh fruits, plumes
Thin body, smooth, dry. With intense fruity sweetness. Hints of ginger spice.
Coats moth with long-lasting fruity finishing
- Old bottling of Hibiki 17. More matured and richer taste (more plums) compared to the newer bottlings. There exist a plenty of different bottlings. I still adore the very first Hibiki bottlings (without age statement written on the label) the most, but this 17 is fantastic. If you are unsure about the Hibiki version, check the box. The older ones come in beige, yellow or golden boxes, the new ones all have purple boxes.
- Very soft, balanced blend with a lot to discover. Fruity in the aroma, a lot of vanilla, very complex, a work of art ...
- I like it as its very easy to drink but too expensive for what it is.
Pale cream sherry, double cream, honeycomb, something nutty?
There is also raisin and faint hints of dark coffee.
Spicy cherry with some coffee, toffee and hints of blackcurrant.
After a while I get rich treacle tart.
Not too long but its smooth