Hibiki 12 Bottling Note: An exquisite 12 year old blended Japanese whisky. Hibiki includes malt whisky from Yamazaki and Hakushu, as well as grain whisky from Chita. The whisky is partly matured in plum liqueur barrels. Tasting Notes:
Nose: Juicy marmalade with real chunks of orange, cooked apples dusted with cinnamon, thick honey and plum wine. Palate: Crushed almonds, stewed fruits, clove-studded oranges. Sherried malt and a subtle core of oak.
Finish: Bright and flavoursome with crisp apple and citrus.
The twelve year old incorporates an otherwise standard oak regime, utilizing a combination of American oak ex-bourbon barrels and European ex-sherry butts, with the additional twist of including American oak previously used to mature Umeshu, a traditional Japanese plum liqueur. Interestingly, these types of casks were originally used for efficiency’s sake, however is now an integral part of its trademark flavour profile. After marrying all the components, the final blend undergoes an exotic filtration through bamboo charcoal.