Hibiki 17 Year Old was created to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Suntory in 1989 by Master Blender Keizo Saji and Chief Blender Koichi Inatomi. Keizo Saji, the son and successor of founder Shinjiro Torii, came up with the idea in 1987. Presented in its legendary 24-facet bottle—representing the 2…More info
Hibiki 17 Year Old was created to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Suntory in 1989 by Master Blender Keizo Saji and Chief Blender Koichi Inatomi. Keizo Saji, the son and successor of founder Shinjiro Torii, came up with the idea in 1987. Presented in its legendary 24-facet bottle—representing the 24 seasons in the Japanese calendar—Hibiki 17 year old is a blend of whiskies produced at the group’s three distilleries, Yamazaki and Hakushu for the malt whiskies and Chita for the grain whiskies. The bottle was made famous by Sofia Coppola’s 2003 film Lost in Translation, in which Bill Murray’s character is working in Japan to promote Hibiki 17 Year Old. A 12 year old, 21 year old and various other editions without age statements also exist. Suntory stopped producing the 17 year old in 2018 due to a lack of sufficient stocks to satisfy demand.
Japan, Yamanashi. Distillery operational. Owner: Suntory
Built in 1973 in a subtropical forest, Hakushu quickly doubled its production capacity in 1978 to accommodate 12 pairs of stills. Despite this increase, a second distillery equipped with 12 new pot stills was also built three years later (1981) and baptized Hakushu Higashi (East). The 1980s recession linked to a 1989 tax reform eventually, however, led to the closure of the historic distillery. Hakushu's strength lies in its ability to produce different styles of malt under the same pagoda, from peated malt to unpeated, full-bodied and light malts, enabling the group's master blender to produce blends such as the world-famous Hibiki.Less well known than its illustrious colleague Yamazaki, its malts are nonetheless highly sought-after, particularly its very rare editions matured in ex-sherry casks, such as Hakushu Sherry Cask Edition 2014, and its vintage peated single casks, such as The Cask of Hakushu 1993 and Heavily Peated, Edition 2008.
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