Hibiki Blender's Choice Japanese Blended Whisky
Gold Medal Winner at the World Whiskies Awards 2019.
“If only more people were opening these instead of only collecting them!” – Forbes Magazine
Demand for Japan’s legendary Hibiki whiskies went through the roof amid news reports that Suntory’s aged whisky stocks have run dry and that the premium Hibiki 17 Year Old – famously featured in Lost in Translation starring Bill Murray – would be discontinued. The Blender’s Choice was initially released purely for bars in the domestic Japanese market, but it’s now available over here via Harvey Nichols. Although it was not intended to be so, many consider it a replacement for the much loved 17 Year Old. Therefore, collectors have been snapping up every bottle available.
In its 24-faceted decanter bottle (reflecting the seasons of the old Japanese lunar calendar), Hibiki – which means ‘resonance’ or ‘harmony’ – Blender’s Choice is the graceful epitome of Japanese artistry. Distinctly Japanese in character, this exquisite expression is made using aged malt and grain whiskies from Suntory's three distilleries (Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita). It has been aged in a range of oak types, including wine casks, which sets it apart from the discontinued 17 Year Old. Although it does not have an age statement, the components are rumoured to be at least 12 years old, with some well over 30 years old.
The Blender’s Choice has more facets than its bottle. The combination of creaminess, Christmas spice, cranberries and cherries brings to mind a festive Scandinavian rice pudding. Notes of green apple, crunchy pear, blossom, honey and freshly hewn wood recalls sunny days in an orchard. On top of which you’ll discover Riesen dark chocolate-covered chewy toffee, crème brulee, pineapple and fruitcake. In the mouth this whisky is poised and elegant, with an impeccable balance and understated yet compelling complexity. A fantastic Japanese blended whisky, as well as tasting exceptional and being super rare, the bottle itself is a thing of beauty. So, paraphrasing Bill Murray’s character in the aforementioned film, “for relaxing times, make it Suntory time” and grab yourself a Blender’s Choice.
£28.57 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3184911
Style No.: 792931
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