Country: Japan
Type: Blended Japanese Whisky
Bottler: Suntory
ABV: 43%
Score: 96 points

Hibiki 12. Image courtesy Suntory. This whisky uses three different types of oak casks, malts from Yamazaki and Hakushu distilleries, and 3 different types of grain whiskies from the Chita distillery. It is amazingly complex and inviting, with a nose that’s buttery and smooth with subtle spices of hazelnut and vanilla, peaches, pears, and plums, and a touch of oak. The taste is smooth and spices builds slowly to a peak of pepper, chili powder, and allspice before fading slowly to reveal vanilla, tree fruits, jasmine, and a hint of mint. The finish is long and dry with subtle spices that fade as tree fruit and vanilla notes build and linger. If you have a chance, you must try this!