After coming back from Japan last year, I developed an obsession with Japanese Whisky. I had randomly picked a Suntory Hibiki 17 Years Old and a Suntory Yamazaki 12 Years Old from the duty free before I left. Though I’m not exactly a whisky connoisseur, I thought the Yamazaki 12 was pretty fucking good but the Hibiki 17 packed a punch. I felt as though I had snorted it up my nostrils instead of drinking it. Okay, I may be exaggerating but I’ve resorted to drinking the Hibiki 17 strictly in highballs (or haibōru). Just because Bill Murray is selling the Hibiki 17 in “Lost in Translation” does not mean you should start out with this one.
After doing a bit of research the next time I visited Japan, I decided to splurge of the Suntory Yamazaki 18 Years Old. I also bought the Nikka Taketsuru 21 Years Old and Suntory Hakushu 12 Years Old, more on them to come. After the first sip with my two regular drinking buddies (The Mainlander and Red Ranga), we just looked at each other in awe. I didn’t really think there could be that much difference in whiskies but damn this shit was delicious.
I’m not going to describe tasting notes because I have no idea really, but it was just so smooth compared to any other whisky I had ever tasted. The smokiness and the flavour is just amazing. I highly recommend this whisky if you ever get a chance to taste it, or if you are feeling cheap the Yamazaki 12 will also do. The 18 has a darker and more caramel flavour where as the 12 is has a lighter and sharper citrus flavour. Anyway, now I will stop pretending to know what I’m talking about.