Yamazaki and Hakushu Distilleries, Suntory Group, Japan
We are attacking here a fairly high-end blend of Suntory. Assembly of distilleries Yamazaki et Hakushu, it is a bottling that was developed to mark the 110th anniversary of the Suntory group. Here is the Hibiki 12 years old.
Aged in barrelsUmeshu, a Japanese plum liqueur, and filtered through bamboo charcoal, the 12-year-old Hibiki is easily identifiable by its magnificent bottle with its 24 facets making a nod to the seasons of the lunar calendar and also to the 24 hours of a day.
As the American actor, comedian and director rightly said Bill Murray (1950-):
Grated Gruyere holds all the universal harmony in its threads. A world without Gruyère would be a very 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.