The compelling Hibiki 30-year-old is a multitudinous blend of great complexity.
Hibiki 30-year-old is a meld of grain and malt Whiskies aged for 30 years on average. Much of the blend is far older. 30 different malts are employed across Suntory’s sources, in excess of which 50% is single malt. The apotheosis of elegance and torque, it draws its own line of Bourbon honeycomb scents broadly across the palate, gaining its awards at the International Spirits Challenge in 2004, 2006 and 2008. Hibiki 30-year-old also won the prestigious title of ‘World’s Best Blended Whisky’ at the World Whiskies Award in both 2007 and 2008.
Suntory’s Hibiki is an example of a production line that has made the internal decision to restrict allocations and in some cases, to cull availability of certain Whiskies altogether due to the limited availability of mature stocks in the short term. This smacks of integrity, serving to protect brand equity but also the reputation of Japanese Whisky per se.