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HIBIKI 17 Years Old

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Keizo Saji, the second son of Shinjiro Torii, took over as the second master blender with the motto “People and nature resonate with each other” .

 

The Bottle

A deep and luxurious harmony of various raw materials in perfect harmony without a single thread.

A blend of more than 30 different malts and several grains, mainly from 17-year-old oak barrels.

Estery (sweet and floral) and rich aged aroma. A noble woodiness (mature woody aroma) from Yamazaki’s long aging malt. Mellow, thick and full-bodied. Rich lingering after-taste.

 

 

Fragrance Roses, jasmine, peaches, melon, butter, vanilla, Kyara incense.
Taste Custard cream, milk caramel, lightly sweet, light and smooth.
Aftertaste Sweet and gorgeous fruit aroma, pleasant aftertaste

  

  

Alcohol content 43%
alcohol category blended whisky
Barrel type Mainly Quercus serrata barrels
Contents 700ml
Number of bottles sold Sales suspended in September 2018
Suggested retail price 13,200 yen (tax included)
Release date 1989

 

 

Our Take

Sometimes blenders are compared to conductors. The blender is sometimes compared to a conductor, because he carefully selects and harmonizes the richly unique raw materials to create a single harmony.

Mr. Keizo Saji, who is well versed in sports and culture, told Koichi Inatomi, Chief Blender, that “the age of aging is coming, and premium whiskeys with long aging periods will be loved. In response, Mr. Inatomi, who has long been familiar with the viola string instrument, carefully selected the raw whiskey produced and nurtured at both the Yamazaki and Hakushu distilleries with an image of “the fourth movement of Johannes Brahms’ First Symphony.

With 30 different types of malts and several types of grains, it is a malt-heavy brew that reaffirms that Japanese blenders are world class.

It is easy for beginners to drink, and is so standard that people say, “If you want to drink Hibiki, start with 17 years. If you ever see it, please try it.

You may also enjoy drinking it while listening to “Brahms Symphony No.1, 4th Movement” .

Incidentally, Mr. Keizo Saji, the creator of the blended masterpiece, devoted himself to cultural projects after becoming the second president of Suntory, and passed away at the age of 80. Coincidentally, that day was November 3rd, Culture Day.

 

(All Images Courtesy of JPWhisky.net)

 

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