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.
Suntory Hibiki 12 Year Old slowly seduces you as you open the bottle, with hints of elegant sweetness. This aroma is merely a preview of what the depth that Hibiki holds once it hits your palate. As it opens up right away with mild cocoa, accompanied by notes of sea salt. Just as your palate starts to come to terms with these flavors the spirit introduces subtle hints of sweet mashed bananas, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Hibiki ends the show with a rock candy like sweet and soothing finish.