Tasting Notes

Producing WhiskyCast has given me the opportunity to taste some really amazing whiskies, and I’m pleased to share my tasting notes with you here. You can search my entire database of tasting notes from this page, and I hope you’ll find it useful.

Hibiki 21

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!