Hibiki 30 YO, 43 %

Hibiki 30 YODuring our holiday in Japan there was of course time and opportunities to taste some new (to me) Japanese whiskies, although not many bars had a wide selection of Japanese whiskies actually. The bar at Yamazaki distillery offered some ‘standard’ whiskies, and in addition some very nice cask samples. Too bad we could not buy the cask samples and bring them back home.

Well, today I will share my thoughts on Hibiki 30 YO which is a blended whisky from Suntory Whisky.

The 30 YO is not available in Norway or Sweden, but both Hibiki 12 YO and 17 YO are available and I would recommend either of them in place of the 30 YO.

Nose (20/25): I was met by the smell of flowers and perfume. After a while a strange mix of light caramel, orange peel, oakiness and grass.

Taste (20/25): At first there was some alcohol on the taste. The oakiness from the smell continued on the taste. Licorice made the taste more full, but other than that it was sugary and watery.

Finish (19/25): Quite a simple finish with perfume, oak and sugar. Not much happening.

Balance (20/25): I really enjoyed both Hibiki 12 YO and 17 YO and had high hopes for the 30 YO. Unfortunately this was not my kind of whisky. Too much perfume and oak.

Score (79/100)

– Tone

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Oi, dette var overraskende. Jeg har selv prøvd 12, 17 og 21(?) hibiki, og jeg elsker dem.

    Men jeg mistenker kanskje at du er litt farget av at du fant en flaske på en bar, hvor flasken sikkert har stått stuet vekk i for varme omgivelser, gjerne under lys. Jeg har iallefall veldig ofte gått skuffet vekk etter å ha smakt whisky under lignende forhold. Det gjør dessverre noe med smaken…

    • Denne whiskyen ble smakt i baren på destilleriet (Yamazaki). Flasker forblir ikke åpne veldig lenge der, de tømmes raskt da det er veldig mange besøkende innom hver dag og de fleste ender opp i baren. Forøvrig er det du sier helt rett, men det var nok ikke tilfelle denne gangen.

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