I tried my first Japanese whiskey, the Yamazaki 12, a year or two ago and loved it. So when I recently saw the Hibiki 12 in my local Total Wine & More I took notice. It was the last bottle they had, too, which was all the prompting I needed to make the purchase (I never know when any particular line might be discontinued, and I hate to miss out on any of them). More, the bottle was gorgeous, looking almost like a decanter.
I'm happy I bought it, but now that I've tried it I'm confess I'm a bit disappointed. It reminds me too much of Crown Royal. Probably because it's a blend, I suppose, but I'm not a blend-basher. I've had plenty of blends that I enjoyed.
What do you think of the Hibiki 12? I won't be buying it again, even though I rarely buy any expression a second time. Nah, this time I'll keep my eye out for a Nikka.