The pricing from that era has remained in place and thus the price per milliliter , when compared to the 700-milliliter bottle is still cheaper. A dram to be enjoyed with close family and quality food. There are notes of honey and wax, resin and oak. I've never been to Japan, but this brings to mind some of the tastes and smells I would expect if I visited. Viticulture has a long history in Japan, and there are various stories surrounding its origins. These days the Hibiki 17 would cost you 3-4x+ times that in specialty shops, secondary markets and online auctions. Sitting atop the 52nd floor of the Park Hyatt in Tokyo at the New York bar one evening, I was seated by pure luck at arguably the best seat in the house over-looking the dazzling Shinjuku district.
I would still rate this Hibiki 17 well above it. ©2019 Beam Suntory Import Co. Truly an amalgamation of wonderful flavors. Fortunately, my friend and former co-worker was visiting Japan that March and I asked her to look for a bottle in Fukuoka. Now that I'm on the verge of finishing my first bottle I'm tempted to buy a second but it seems to have gotten a fair bit pricier since last time.
Purchased a 17yo and it was fabulous! A must-have for every Japanese Whisky enthusiast! Nikka almost entirely abandoned whiskies having an age statement. Slàinte Mhath If you are planning to visit Yamazaki distillery, make sure to book your tour months in advance. Each convenience store normally has a small selection of 20 cl bottles and a few 70 cl bottles. I have been travelling Japan for three weeks this summer and checked availabilities on countless occasions, including distilleries both Yamazaki and Nikka , specialist shops, department stores, liquor stores and others. Spicy and sophisticated, this is great for catching people out at blind tastings.
Bottom line, if you are after a solid Japanese Single Malt with an age-statement, try to find a Yamazaki 12yr. Initially released in 1989, the blend is matured in Japanese mizunara oak casks at Yamazaki. There are 4-5 tours a day. It's beyond belief how rich this whisky is and yet so mellow at the same time. A nose of peach, apricot, melon, rose, lily, and lemon leaf combined with a palate of toffee, black cherry, vanilla, and makes this autumnal whisky, crisp and perfect with a block of ice. Nikka Coffey Malt and Nikka Coffey Grain are easy to find in department stores and liquor stores. Been ages snce I tried a japanese Whisy.
However I'm not sure it's worth that much more than the 12. Seriously, blends do not get much better than this. Supply and demand be damned indeed! I think they owe me big time hahahaha But what are friends for. I dare you to polish off a bottle with a friend and then sit back to watch the carnage unfold. Taketsuru 17 I saw twice, once in a department store near Shinjuku station and once in a liquor store in Hakodate.
What makes Togouchi particularly different from the other bottles on this list is the source of the ingredients—Scottish malt and Canadian grain. Do try it if you're lucky enough. I got one bottle of Yamazaki 18yr at Yamazaki distillery but they sell it under the counter. The only problem is finding an empty large bottle of Hibiki 17 laying around to complete the project. With demand at an all-time high, several online retailers have even created ballots for extremely rare, well-aged releases. Finish: Medium, smooth, hardening up on a more assertive oaky note.
That information will be held by us in accordance with our although, in the case where you only give us your name and contact details in connection with a review, we will never use that information for any promotional or marketing purposes. The guide speaks only Japanese but audio guides in English language are provided. We will be moving to japan in April and I wanted to get him a Japanese type since I''m pretty sure he has never tried it before. Although blended whiskies are considered less exclusive than single malts, and therefore less likely to command high prices, some of world's best-known and most expensive whiskies are blends. If you do a tasting on 1st floor, be nice to the person in charge, taste the Yamazaki 18 and ask if you could buy a bottle. One of the best Malts you will try for the price.
A recent feature by the showcased the huge sales growth Japanese whisky has experienced in the past decade. Just a few weeks prior, I wrote on the addition of the premium blend on the in-flight menu, but as usual, things change quicker than expected in an industry based around time and aging. The legal stuff: not providing your contact details may mean we have to delete your comments if another member of our community complains about them. Rock-and-roll music gives you the freedom to turn up the bass because there are fewer instruments at play. I also got a bottle of Yamakazi 12 for 75 Yen and Nikka Coffee Maly for 50 Yen since I bought all 3. If all else fails, you can, of course, just.
If the price is too high for your tastes, I would still recommend treating yourself at a bar sometime. And as you can see by the prices on Amazon. Consider White Oak Akashi for the bourbon drinkers out there looking to sashay into the world of Japanese whisky. It's finish is brief and dry - just the way I like it - with amaretto and the previous cocoa. Blended whiskies are generally cheaper and more accessible than single malt or single grain whiskies, but do not offer the individuality of a spirit distilled from a single base product in a single place. I'm an Islay malt lifelong devotee, so this Hibiki 17 was definitely a pleasant surprise.