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A specially release of Habiki blended Whisky with up to thirty Whiskies and five barrel types for balanced complexity.
Suntory… the name virtually defines the beverage business in Japan. Founded in 1899 to import and distribute wine, they quickly branched out into their own products. In 1923 they stepped out again, this time into the nearly sacrilegious effort of distilling a Single Malt Whisky in Japan. But the dogmatic traditionalist of the Spirit-loving West soon forgave Suntory’s heresy for the most pragmatic of reasons — they made great Whisky and pioneered the delicate and problematic use of Mizunara Oak in the process. The acquisition of Beam in 2014 raised the company to global prominence as Beam-Suntory. Their more than $20 billion in annual sales spans the full spectrum of Spirits and beverages.
Hibiki Blender's Choice Japanese Whisky was originally rumored to be a replacement for the Hibiki 17. Like all Hibiki releases, this is a blending or harmonizing of thirty malt and grain Spirits, five cask types, and a special bamboo charcoal filtering process. This Blender’s Choice edition distinguishes itself in that Red Wine casks are use as part of the aging process after the Spirits have been married and bottled at 43% ABV. Normally this dram is only available in Japan. But some ships have made their way into the European market and selected retailers in the United States have gotten first dibs. And we have some for you.
In Japanese, the word “Hibiki” can mean sound resonance, harmony, or echo.
Appearance / Color
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Vanilla, pineapple, woody aromas
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Oak, sweet wine, vanilla
Long, dry, and slightly spicy.