plums
oak tannins
fresh grain
honey
apple
vanilla cream
burnt caramel
fruit
slightly spicy
Spiral Hibiki 12 Year Old

Hibiki
12 Year Old
Reviews and Tasting Notes

Appearance / Colour
Shiny amber. 
 
Smell / Nose / Aroma
Raspberry, oranges, apple pie, plum wine, thick honey, cooked apples, cinnamon. 
 
Flavour / Taste / Palate
Ripe barley, banana, custard, fresh grain, oak tannins, crushed almonds, stewed fruits.
 
Finish
Slips down easier than a greased eel in an oilslick.

 
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Hibiki 12 Year Old is adored for its plums, oak tannins, fresh grain and honey flavor notes.

This Japanese Whisky is carefully distilled at Suntory distillery, Japan.

Based on 123 votes, the average rating for Hibiki 12 Year Old is 8.6/10.

Top reviews for Hibiki 12 Year Old:

— My very favorite, very smooth and great flavor.

— Wasn't overly smoky as some others that I have had, proper level of smokiness for me!

— The best thing I have had in my mouth to date!
  • Category
  • Style
    Blended Whisky
  • Region
    Japan
  • Country
    Japan
  • Alcohol
    43%
  • Distillery
  • Age
    12 Year Old

Hibiki 12 Year Old

(0.7l, 43%)


8.6/10
Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Hibiki 12 Year Old
guest
guest,
Splendid. Too bad it has become so expensive in recent years. There was a time you could buy all you want at Narita for $38 a bottle.
 
David
David,
Perfect
 
James
James,
clean blended Scotch style whisky. no peat
 
James
James,
Clean non-peaty Scotch like whiskey
 
Angela
Angela,
Sweet to start, smoky finish. A little spicy
 
Margos
Margos,
Nose: orange, apples, honey and definetly dry plum/prunes Palate: stewed fruits, oranges, oak, smokey Finish: bright and flavorsome with crisp apple and citrus.
 
Martin
Martin,
My very favorite, very smooth and great flavor.
 
Patrick
Patrick,
Sweet to start, smoky finish. A little spicy
 
John
John,
Wasn't overly smoky as some others that I have had, proper level of smokiness for me!
 
Landis
Landis,
It's right up there with the 17 year old. Different blend that goes down easy. I didn't understand how one could enjoy whisky before the Hibiki line. Lol, it's been my gateway drink to other brands and blends.
 
R
R,
The best thing I have had in my mouth to date!
 
James
James,
Very smooth; nice mouthfeel with a very pleasant finish. Vanilla on the nose with hints of orange an caramel. Pleasant indeed.
 
Taysha
Taysha,
Good...would buy it and drink it. Better than the 17 year
 
Anthony
Anthony,
This was the first Japanese whisky I ever tasted, and one that brought me into the world of whisky. This is now on my top 5 best! Nose: Fruity, with orange, apples, plums and honey. Thick sweet and a touch of cinnamon. Palate: Soft, with almonds & pecans up front. More fruit, and hints of cinnamon and clove. You get the warmth of the spice that is evident from the oak. Finish: Medium finish, with sweetness and fruit topped off with a slight spice. I was in a small liquor store recently, and they had two bottles (dusty) on the shelf. I asked how much: $45 USD!!! I then asked if they had any in the back, as I was planning on buying all they had. Walked home with 2 bottles to my collection.
 
Abhijit
Abhijit,
Really smooth and sweet. Little bit of water is fine, but preferably enjoy it neat & chilled.
 
Morgan
Morgan,
i am picky when it comes to a good drink. This one I loved. There is silk like smoothness to it. The rich under tones, with the lightness, mild sweet taste and the hint of smokiness are like a nice summer day by the campfire
 
Tom
Tom,
Amazingly smooth, light, sweet and smokey
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Wonderfully smooth and rich.
 
Kevin's
Kevin's,
Woody with heat...
 
guest
guest,
Неплохо
Anthony
Anthony,
Not Bad? Take another sip!
Kosta
Kosta,
Great smooth taste and pairs perfectly with my Cuban cigars .
 
Chris
Chris,
So good, you'll forget it's a blend...comparable but different than the Japanese Harmony. Sweet, complex, smooth. What a blend should be: a mix of whiskies to produce an intended flavor. Hey Johnny, someone's gunning for your accolades!
 
Albert
Albert,
This is a blend I can't seem to get enough of. It makes you want to run it back every time. Complex, sophisticated and inspiring for just a 12 yr old
 
guest
guest,
From the nose to the finish, this is an epic whiskey.
 
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
This was the one that taught me to love Japanese whishy
 
Deja
Deja,
Smells better than it tastes but it's not bad.
 
David
David,
Sweet, floral
 
guest
guest,
Decent whisky! Didn't quite get the craze with Japanese whisky. At least with this one
 
Killian
Killian,
Perfect
 
guest
guest,
A great entry into blended Japanese Whisky, distinct plum note
 
Edward
Edward,
Lovely smooth drink
 
Josh
Josh,
Light and beautifully complex.
 
guest
guest,
Nice smooth drink. Warms but doesn't burn. I like to sip it neat. No ice.
 
guest
guest,
Fantastic. First Japanese whisky I've tried definitely want to try more.
 
guest
guest,
Fruit forward, vanilla... Enjoy!
 
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