- Gemma D.
Hibiki 21 years old, a rare find these days
Oh honey, hold my purse, this girl's going drinking! I don't know about you but I am ready to elbow my way to the front of a line if someone's offering up a taste of a 21 years old Hibiki.
Hard to find Hibiki
What's so special about Hibiki, I hear you ask but it's a question asked only by those who've not had the pleasure of trying this lovely Japanese whisky. This is a blended whisky from the House of Suntory and is presented in its iconic 24-faceted bottle. Finding one of these is going to be challenge in the future and I came across it in a hotel a few years ago.
It's all in the taste
When you first nose this whisky you get a lovely rounded, fruity, floral and warm aroma. If you close your eyes, you can imagine walking around the woods with the smell of berries and wild flowers lingering in the air. It has these delicate notes of citrus that are (thankfully not too overpowering).
The palate is surprisingly flavourful. To me this was a very complex whisky that kept me entertained, sip after sip. One moment I swear I had a mouth full of oak and honey, the next I was bathed in spices, pepper and caramel. This was one of those whiskies I would refuse to add water to because I enjoyed it pure.
It had a lovely finish, not too long but enough to make you want a second.
If you can get your hands on a bottle or if you see it somewhere in a bar, give it a try, I wasn't disappointed by this beauty!