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Hibiki Blender’s Choice

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Released in September 2018 as the successor line to Hibiki 17 Year.

It is said to have an average age of 15 years, with some parts of it made from long term aged raw materials that exceed 30 years. It has a mellow and deep taste.

 

A harmony of sweetly resonant, diverse raw materials and master craftsmanship 

The taste of whisky changes greatly depending on the cask in which it is laid down, and the most commonly used cask is bourbon, sherry, and Japanese oak. In general, wine barrels have a strong sense of oddity, but whiskeys that have been laid down in wine barrels often have a fruity and sweet taste, which creates a mellow and sweet taste and a well-balanced flavor even if the aging period is short.

 

Aroma Wild strawberry, white peach, pineapple, crème brûlée
Taste Plump sweetness, pleasant acidity
Aftertaste Soft and sweet with a bittersweet aftertaste.

 

 

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Alcohol content 43% alcohol by volume
Alcohol category blended whisky
Barrel type Bourbon barrels, sherry barrels, Quercus serrata barrels, wine barrels
Contents 700ml
Number of bottles sold
Suggested retail price 11,000 yen (tax included)
Release date September, 2018

 

 

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Our Take

The body is medium to light. The body is medium to light, and you can feel a little alcohol from the young sake, but not to the point of disgust. When it was first released, it was not sold to the general public, but was sold only at business stores (restaurants).

I feel that it is a Japanese blended whisky that is worth drinking even if you consider the regular price. It has a taste that is easy to drink for whisky beginners and women, but also has a good balance that whisky lovers can enjoy, which is truly the boundary of blended whisky.

 

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