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Suntory Hibiki 12YO launched on global market

The world premier launch of Hibili 12 year old took place in London this month.

This latest expression from the highly acclaimed Japanese blended whisky brand, has been aged in Japanese plum liqueur Umeshu casks making it sweet on the palate with a velvety texture and fruity aromas. 

Blended from a variety of malt and grain whiskies, Hibiki 12 year old is filtered through bamboo charcoal to deliver a spirit that is silky smooth on the palate.

Seiichi Koshimizu, Suntory’s chief blender says: “Our goal was to create a uniquely Japanese whisky that is mellower and smoother than any other premium 12 year old whisky in the world.

“Hibiki is a niche brand and we understand that not many people can afford to buy such premium whiskies. By adding Hibiki 12 year-old to the range we seek to make the brand more affordable to whisky enthusiasts and to increase awareness of the marvellous flavours of Japanese whisky”.

Bottled at 43% ABV, Hibiki 12 year old tasting notes describe the amber to gold coloured whisky has having a nose of plums, raspberries, pineapple, honey and vanilla. The palate is long and smooth with a long, clean, sweet and spicy finish.

The presentation in an elegant 24 facet decanter recalling the original 24 seasons in the Japanese year, finished with a traditional ‘Echizen Washi’ label.

Hibiki 12 year old will be priced at between £39.99 and £42.99.

1 May 2009 - Felicity Murray