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Hibiki 30 Years Old Tasting notes and reviews

World Whiskies Awards 2008 World's Best Blended Whisky


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Hibiki 30 Years Old

Hibiki 30 Years Old
30 Years Old
Japanese Whisky ~ Blended
30 years old
Produced at
Suntory (Tokyo)

World Whiskies Awards 2008
World's Best Blended Whisky

Deep fruity, rancio, aged cedar wood, toffee. Taste is sweet with some hard wood sawdust developing. ~ Charles MacLean

Rich nose. Definite oakiness with touches of thyme, cinnamon. Very balanced dram. ~ William Dowd

Nose shows clean, orange marmalade, medium intensity, fruity fading into spice and pepper. Sweet citrus fruit with bittersweet chocolate/coffee. Dry, light to medium body. Hint of smoke at back end. Touch of white pepper bite. Finishes on dried orange peel bitterness. ~ LeNell

Pleasant reddish hue and enticing malty/sherry nose. Complex, dense and well layered with notes of dried fruits, almonds, caramel, chicory and cinnamon, it finishes fairly dry and has seen some serious wood time. ~ Mike Miller

Rich and full nose, with blackberry and raspberry notes. The palate is wood up front, suggesting age, then a wonderful mix of currants, spices and oak, all beautifully checked and balanced. Wonderful and long finish. ~ Dominic Roskrow

World Whiskies Awards 2007
World's Best Blended Whisky

Mature, deep, powerful, showing its age, with assertive wood influence but sufficient weight and power to balance. Classic blending. Dave Broom

Furniture polish and caramalised fruit stuck to the tray. Hot dry mouthfeel, lingering aniseed. With a splash of water more layers reveal crystalline fruits and burnt marmalade. Athick, velvety mouthfeel for a big complex dram. Annabel Meikle

Deep oak, beeswax and dried fruit on the nose. A big whiff of walnut and Dawson plums. On the palate the oak is prevailing but not in an assertive way. Sweetness merges through with toffee, burnt cream. The finish is well balanced. Abeautiful blend of oak and fruit. Quite impressive. Martine Nouet

Most potent nose in its class with ripe red fruits, sherry. Wood, smoke and sherry trifle fruits in abundance. All very chunky - a whisky with the volume turned up to 11. Wake up! It's not so much talking to, but shouting at you. Finish is just as you'd expect. Rich, syrupy and long. Dominic Roskrow

This is a very different beast. There is great complexity – green apple skins, oranges, dark chocolate, good oak, great maturity – soft perfumed character with lots of, but not overpowering, oak character and finished off by a great, long-lasting sweet grape finish. Great! Keir Sword

Sweet, mellow and very complex. Too easy to drink. Very dangerous” Thierry Benitah

World Whiskies Awards 2008 World's Best Blended Whisky

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