Yamazaki and Hakushu Distilleries, Suntory Group, Japan
We are tackling here a fairly high-end blend of Suntory. Assembly of distilleries Yamazaki et Hakushu, it's a traffic jam that has been developed to highlight the Suntory Group's 110e anniversary. Here is the Hibiki 12 years.
Aged in barrelsUmeshu, a Japanese plum liquor, and filtered through bamboo charcoal, the Hibiki 12 years is easily identifiable with its beautiful bottle with its 24 facets winking at the seasons of the lunar calendar and also 24 hours of a day.
As the actor, comedian and American director so aptly put it Bill Murray (1950-):
Grated gruyere holds in its sons all the universal harmony. A world without Gruyère would be a sad world.
Dark straw turning on amber orange.
Once a light veil of alcohol is raised, roll in barley, honey, orange, blackberries and spices. Without much pretension, though quite pleasant. A little grassy and vanilla.
Honey and spicy caramel on the front, highlighted by strong oak tannins. Impression of licorice and swedish berries.
Dries on lemon-lime accents and fir tree gum. Still Swedish berries.
Solidly built. Still pleasant, a good start that places high expectations for his older brothers 17 and 21 years.