Country: Japan
Type: Blended Japanese Whisky
Bottler: Suntory
ABV: 43%
Score: 93 points

Hibiki 17-Year-Old Japanese Blended Whisky. Image courtesy Suntory. This blended whisky from Suntory benefits from a touch of Mizunara Oak unique to Japan, and the nose has notes of vanilla, dried flowers, hints of orange and passion fruit, beeswax, banana, and a touch of clove. The taste has a smooth buildup of clove, chili powder, and cinnamon spices balanced well by honey, banana, vanilla, and a hint of mango underneath. The finish is long and smooth with subtle spices and hints of banana and coconut. Excellent! (May, 2014)