It was a very embarrassing day in the BTC 2014 competition as I scored zero points, again… So I have the urge to run away from it to the other side of the world. too bad that I cannot do that so instead I’ll settle for reviewing something different. How about we review a Japanese whisky and not a single malt but a blend?
Hibiki 17 is the mid range expression in the Hibiki blends line up from Suntory which also produce Yamazaki and Hakushu whiskies.
Nose: First thing that hits the nose is spice. Lots of spicy notes with oriental mix spice edge that I learned to associate with Japanese whisky. Malty, vanilla, dash of citrus, very refined nose without much evidence of grain. After a while, a surprise note! big dried and spicy corn-based snack is showing up.
Palate: Malt and creamy vanilla pudding , oak, sweet barley sugar, the grain is finally coming through all laced with a gentle spice mix.
Finish: Short with lingering honey sweetness and spicy oak.
Thoughts: A very good whisky. It beats most of the blends in the market and a couple of single malts as well. I enjoyed it very much.
(Tasted in the Dec 2014 MMI club meeting)