Suntory Hibiki 12 Year Old Whisky
is a stunning 12 year-old blend from Hibiki, some of the whisky has been part-matured in plum liqueur casks. Lovely malt from Hakushu and Yamazaki, plus some aged grain from Chita, this terrific Japanese blend picked up the top prize in its category at the World Whisky Awards 2010.
Mizunara is Japanese Oak. Mizunara casks have been used since the 1930s and give the spirit a unique set of flavors. The wood has extremely high levels of vanillins but is soft and very porous. Due to its permeability it is often used to finish spirits rather than mature them.
Tasting Notes: Nose – Juicy marmalade with real chunks of orange, cooked apples dusted with cinnamon, thick honey and plum wine. Palate – Crushed almonds, stewed fruits, clove-studded oranges. Sherried malt and a subtle core of oak. Finish – Bright and flavoursome with crisp apple and citrus.
Suntory whiskies have 3 distilleries. The Yamazaki Distillery is Japan’s first and oldest malt whisky distillery established in 1923 by Suntory’s founder Shinjiro Torii. In 1972, Keizo Saji—Suntory’s second Master Blender— took a momentous step forward in pursuing Shinjiro Torii’s vision for whiskies blessed with the riches of Japanese nature and craftsmanship. On the misty, calm shores of Chita Peninsula, Keizo built a distillery dedicated to creating the highest-quality Japanese grain whisky. The Hakushu Distillery was founded half a century after Yamazaki. Keizo Saji inherited his father’s vision in his quest for innovation and constructed this second Suntory distillery in 1973.