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Overall rating
89.76/100
votes
89
Category
Blend
Bottler
Suntory Whisky (SWh)
Stated Age
21 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
without bottle number
Barcode
4901777040427
Added on
03 Sep 2015 11:19 am by Lynne
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 886.45

32 × in wishlist

89 × member ratings

445 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Hibiki 21-year-old

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.76 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 91 points Administrator

    In Kyoto, you can buy the most exquisite green tea cookies on this planet: quality ingredients, perfectly composed, but utterly expensive. The same applies to Hibiki 21. On the nose, papaya, kiwi and subtle hints of soot mix with sandalwood, dried herbs and incense. Like a roller coaster, the taste catapults you through the flavor wheel: juicy, fruity, spicy and floral, intense and rounded, this blend sparkles like a diamond. Mizunara, icing sugar, and, I kid you not, green tea cookies with white chocolate crown the slowly fading finish. A world-class whisky!

    RATING: 4.5/5.0 stars ≙ 91 pts → SUPERB
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  2. Jpspecial scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Apple juice. Thick quick legs.
    Nice burst of fresh fruits and earthiness. Fresh baked sweet pastries. Cooked apples. Salted caramel. Old spicy wood. Distinct hibiki smell. Dry fruity tobacco.
    Solid mouthfeel. Same fruity palate. Apples.
    Some sour notes. Quite herbal. Herbal gensing. Getting sour. some lemon or cider perhaps. And a lot of toffee apple. Can taste the grain. Tastes like quite a bit of maize.
    Lingering aftertaste. Quite dry. Still get the herbal liquor hit. Very herbal all the way.
    Solid dram.

  3. tangtang scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    it's perfectly alright. Nose very balanced, quite reserved unless you wet the inner wall of the glass. Very complex, taste and finish are ok, but not particularly outstanding. Samples ok but the advertised price of a large bottle seems too high for me to offer.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Sherry rises in the nose, slightly fruity sweet, citrus fruits, light caramel, spicy oak which quickly fades away, vanilla. The sweetness comes very soft, spice and citrus only when the glass inner wall is wet
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sherry, spicy oak notes, fruity, very slightly sweet and slightly spicy, citrus fruits are easy to hear, slightly caramel
    • Finish
      88 88
      soft, slightly sweet, spicy oak, fruity, medium to long. Fruity notes stay in the mouth for a long time. Sherry is also present.

  4. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    richer, bolder, darker compared to the 17, lots of dark wood tones, but still gentle, floral and fruity

  5. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Tasted right after the 17 year old. In comparison, this one looks much more mature and harmonious.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Rotten old wood, tea, vanillin (thanks Jonas!) And subtle sweetness of candy in the background
    • Taste
      88 88
      Old wood again, additional honey and some glue
      a little sour on the second sip
    • Finish
      86 86
      relatively short, even if an impression of the whiskey remains, with vanillin, wood and the glue again

  6. CODE 88 scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

  7. CODE 88 scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

  8. gorubena3 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    A very smooth, balanced blend. Typical Japanese, with a wide facet. Not for people who like spicy whiskeys. It's great with women!

  9. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. detachedblue scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Intense grape flavour, old style, elegant and easy drinking, miss the good old time when this is not crazily priced....

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