Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Our first blend review: Suntory Hibiki 17yo

Well lads it is time someone blogged a blend for our club. Yes a blend! This evening we, being The Grey Bush and myself, decided to open a small bottle of Suntory Hibiki 17yo blend.

What to say? WOW this is probably the best blend I have tasted. Could we believe what we were drinking? Not really. We knew it was a blend but then it did not feel like it. Have we ever had a Japanese whiskey before? No. So where did it come from? We have a little tradition in the family when traveling overseas to make a purchase of a local liquor for each other. Unfortunately this tradition has brought back some god awful experiences, but in this case not so. Getting to the point this bottle of course came from Narita Airport in Japan, approximately 4 years ago on the way back to Aus.

The colour is probably best described as deep caramel. Very clean and very pure. On the nose, sweet and floral. We could actually relate the smell and flavor to that similar found with the Glenmorangie Lasanta. Only briefly but yes we think it is there. 'Surprising and pretty bloody good' as Stefan would say. No burn in the nose as was to be expected due, we had no idea so we expected the worst. Taste again floral and sweet. For a blend there is not the hint of alcohol in the month feel that is found in the cheaper blends. Rested for 17years we have to hope it is starting to mellow.

The flavour certainly remains in the bottom of the pallet and like many blends there is little to no taste in the throat. As a comparison we had a bottle of Chivas Regal 12yo and had classed this as our 'best in store' for a blend at this time. No really this takes Chivas and kicks it up the bum.

Recommendation would be to buy a bigger bottle next time...YES...but more so it has given us the enthusiasm to try more Japanese whisky's in future (and this was only a blend).

Well this signs us off for now but hopefully inspires you other lads to not knock back the offer of a Japanese whisky if it does come your way.

The Baron