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Hibiki is a mix of different malt whiskies from the Yamazaki and Hakushu distilleries as well as of grain whisky from the Chita distillery.
The nose is quite floral, with plenty of vanilla, a hint of peach and a touch of incense - are the Mizunara casks making themselves felt here?
The palate holds an interesting experience in store: it is soft and smooth at first, then there is a kick of pepper right at the end, resulting in a mouth-watering ending.
The finish is sweet with a touch of grass, long and warming.
I must say that this is an impressive blend that deserves the price tag that comes with it. In Japan this is frequently drunk with ice, however I like it best without the addition of water. This truly is a noble dram for all seasons!