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Suntory Plans Two U.S. Releases

Jack Bettridge
Posted: August 11, 2009

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Hibiki 12

Appearance: Light, bamboo to straw color

Nose: Candied honey with some caramel and some woodiness.

Palate: Very sweet, rich honey flavors, vanilla and a measure of plum with slightest bits of peat and Stilton cheese.

Finish: The honey goes on and on, joined by toast and nuts.

Yamazaki 1984

Appearance: Amber color verging on the greenish tints of olive oil.

Nose: Pure candy and fruit, flirting with rich, toasty peat.

Palate: An immediate dose of hard candy that softens into honey and vanilla, then a range of spices—with ginger, cinnamon, basil, tarragon, slight pepper and licorice.

Finish: Very long with pronounced licorice, nuts toasty, a slight grittiness and rich woodiness. Persistently sweet and honeyed.

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