In 1923, Suntory’s founder Shinjiro Torii began constructing Japan’s first whisky distillery in Yamazaki in the outskirts of Kyoto. Known since ancient times as Minaseno and famed for its excellent water, this district became the birthplace of Japanese whisky. In 1973, Suntory built another distillery in Hakushu at the foot of Mt. Kaikomagatake in the Southern Japan Alps. It developed an unparalleled variety of malt whiskies and highly refined techniques in these two utopias of whisky, and brought to market such products as YAMAZAKI single malt whisky, HAKUSHU and HIBIKI blended whisky. The superior quality of Yamazaki single malt whisky is highly acclaimed the world over as evidenced by a growing list of awards from prestigious international spirits competitions.
The Hibiki 17 Years Old is no exception, with critical acclaim from around the world. A masterful blend of malt and grain whiskies from Suntory’s three distilleries, this premium blended whisky may be the pinnacle of their portfolio. Amber in colour. The nose shows ripe bananas, wafts of vanilla cream and a gentle kick of citrus freshness. Toffee bananas, butter cream and vanilla seduce your palate. Sweet and velvety with a citrus tang on the finish.