Hibiki 12 is a widely-acclaimed blend of 12 year-old (or greater) Japanese whisky from global giant Suntory. It includes malts from Yamazaki and Hakushu and grain from Chita distillery, along with whiskies from several other Japanese distilleries. The components are aged in a variety of casks including ex-bourbon, ex-sherry, and casks that once held Umeshu, a plum liqueur (making Hibiki 12 unique, as this bottling is the only Suntory product with malt aged in Umeshu casks). The vatting of these whiskies is then filtered through bamboo charcoal and bottled at 43% ABV.
Hibiki is Suntorys’ flagship blended whisky. This an award-winning (a gold medal winner in the Japanese section of Whisky Magazine’s Best of the Best 2005) premium blend.
” Nose: Ripe soft and pillow like with hints of smoke and toasty wood. Citrus leaf, cocoa, cooked apricot, ripe banana, hazelnut giving a crunch. Palate: Toffee sweetness stretches along the palate. Very clean and clear. Sweet with sultana and cherry. The finish is long and silky. Relaxed and laid back. This is excellent blending.”
(Dave Broom-Whisky Magazine Issue 64)
Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distilled in Kirkwall Orkney
A uniquely smooth, balanced single malt, with a rich full flavor and a gentle smokey finish.
Single Malt Scotch Whiskey Distilled in Kirkwall Orkney
A smooth, easy to drink single malt, with a luxuriously light floral flavor and a gentle smokey finish.
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Classic aromas of dry cereal, baker’s yeast, malt and light spice; tastes include cooking spices (thyme), dry sherry, toasted malt and almonds; one of a kind.
Kilkerran Work in Progress 7 Bourbon Matured
Work in Progress (WIP) 7 Bourbon
Released in 2015. Only 6,000 bottles available worldwide.
Nose: Green apples mixed with marzipan, hot baked vanilla buns. Gentle smoke and fruit notes. After 15 mins, smell madagascan vanilla pod seeds in warm full fat milk.
Palate: Puff of smoke mixed with tangy apple, elegant & mature, very well rounded.
Finish: Long, smooth, luxurious.
Bottled in 2012, Distilled in 1996
94 points Whisky Advocate
This is the first time I’ve been up for reviews here so I had a game plan: play it cool, mark tightly, let everyone know I’m hard to please. Then they gave me this, the whisky equivalent to front row tickets to Neil Young on his current Twisted Road tour: not just a chance to get up close and personal with an old favorite, but to do so with an old favorite who’s on fire. Laphroaig’s owners are intent on ensuring a big peaty engine for any new release, but this is a monster by anyone’s standards. It’s essentially Quarter Cask finished in oloroso sherry casks, so in addition to the intense charcoal smoke attack there are rich fruity notes; blackcurrant and berries. It’s an evening barbecue whisky. Grill that fish until it’s blackened and crispy, drizzle on lemon, and as the smoke rears up in protest, sip this. Big, moody, broody, fruity, and rich: what’s not to love? (Vol 19, #3)