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Suntory Hibiki 12 Year Old

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@mattbergReview by @mattberg

21st Jan 2012


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Curiously, I bought and tried the 17yo first and was smitten by it... decided to buy the 12yo, took a few glasses and left it for a month and have now revisited.. Could well be better than the 17yo...

I love this stuff, bursting with fruit, citrus-zest freshness, mint, cloves, apples and jasmine, and that's just the nose. The arrival is a blend of sweet almonds, nutmeg, lime, bitter chocolate and white pepper.

This moves onto a a dry, flinty finish with a tobacco,parchment and cardamon aftertaste... exceptional quality..

The 17yo is exquisite, almost too refined... the 12yo I'm discovering is a complex and robust delight...

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fredthefrench commented

Funny but i'm waiting for a sample ordered at MOM and i have the same feeling as you about Hibiki 12 and 17... I know neither of these two expressions and after tasting the 17, i know that i'll buy a flacon (bottle doesn't seems to be the right word here, and that's what i like...) of 12. Influenced by such nice reviews and the amazing umeshu maturation...

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