A premium Japanese whisky blend of grain whisky from Chita distillery and malt whiskies from Yamazaki and Hakushu distilleries, all owned by Suntory. Bottled at 86 proof, this well-rounded and delicate dram showcases the best of Japan's whisky blends.
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Originally limited to Japan’s on-premise market and released in 2018 under the Hibiki brand of blended whisky brand owned by Suntory, Hibiki Blender’s Choice is a blend of grain whisky from their Chita distillery and malt whisky from their Yamazaki and Hakushu distilleries. Wine-cask aged whiskies are included in thus harmonious blend, bringing sherried flavors of dried fruit and a touch of red wine to the balanced and delicate palate. Bottled at 86 proof, this premium Japanese blend whisky is a wonderful addition to the Hibiki range.
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In February 1899, Shinjiro Torii opened a store in Osaka, Japan, that traded in imported wines. Within a decade, Torii began producing his own sweet grape wine called Akadama Port Wine, which became wildly popular throughout the country. In 1923, Torri — fascinated by whisky his entire life — decided to expand his business and began constructing the Yamazaki Distillery, Japan's first-ever whisky distillery.
Although inspired by traditional Scottish distilleries, Torii envisioned a uniquely Japanese approach to whisky and chose a location for his distillery that offered a climate and terrain utterly different from those of Scotland. Nestled on the periphery of Kyoto, Yamazaki Distillery is situated at the confluence of three rivers — the Katsura, Uji, and Kizu — that provide the warm, damp environment ideal for the production and maturation of whisky.
Fifty years after the construction of Yamazaki Distillery, Keizo Saji inherited his father's vision and constructed Suntory's second distillery. Situated amidst the deep forests of Mount Kaikomagatake in Japan's southern Alps, the Hakushu Distillery enjoys a unique microclimate as a result of being surrounded by nearly 6,000 varieties of plants and thousand-year-old granite rocks.
Although maybe not be the first Spirit you would think of when Japan is mentioned; the Japanese make one of the best types of whisky in the world. It’s heavily influenced by scotch but with smoother and delicate notes.
The history of the Japanese whisky is not even a century old, but in this short time, the Japanese blended and single malts have taken over the world by storm and can easily go against their whisk(e)y counterparts from across the globe.
The nose greets with fruity and floral notes with a touch of spice. The palate delivers sweet sherried notes of dried fruit, vanilla and a hint of red wine. It's well-rounded and delicate. The finish is surprisingly long and lingering.