Suntory Hibiki Blender’s Choice Blended Whisky 700Ml
1 or more bottles$349.99
A new expression released in 2018 to fill the gap for the discontinued Hibiki 17-Year-Old. This is a no age statement whisky however rumour has it that it has an average age of 15-year-old with some aged in red wine casks!
Nose: wild raspberry, white peach, pineapple, crème brulee
Palate: apricot compote, expanding sweetness, pleasantly sour
Finish: softly sweet and slightly bitter aftertaste
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Until October 2018, there were few rules regulating labelling on Japanese wines in Japan’s quickly burgeoning wine industry. This proved confusing for many consumers, who had little information to identify what was in a given bottle of domestic wine. What’s more, some ‘Japanese’ wines comprised local grapes blended with imported grapes. These recent regulations now serve as a foundation for an appellation system that requires where grapes are grown to appear on wine labels. This, too, is not without its challenges, as many wineries don’t own their own vineyards and still source fruit from multiple regions. With these rules, however, only wines made from 100%-domestically-grown grapes can say ‘Japanese wine’ on the label. The rules have also established a new geographical indication system that restricts the use of place names to wines that consist of at least 85% of fruit from that place. Plus, if a Japanese wine wants to include the grape varietal on the label, there must be more than 85% of the varietal in that wine.
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About the brand Suntory Kakubin
Dating back to 1899, the dream of Shinjiro Torii to craft a Japanese whiskey that rivals scotch was born. Dozens of years have now passed since Suntory began creating Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky in the outskirts of Kyoto. In 1937, Kakubin was created as a Japanese whisky, tailored to the delicate Japanese palate and its distinctive character has proven popular around the world.
Suntory not only produces unique and distinctive whiskey but is also a passionate provider of fine wines. Suntory maintains holdings in one of Bordeaux’s esteemed estates, Chateau Lagrange. Chateau Lagrange made numerous improvements in 2008 and underwent extensive renovations again that included modernizing their entire wine making facilities and cellars in 2013. All the effort and investment expended by Suntory has allowed Chateau Lagrange to produce a much better wine.