The Art of Recognising a Good Whisky: Hibiki 12

Hibiki 12 Whisky Specifics
Colour: Shiny Amber
Nose: Pineapple, Plum, Raspberry, Honey, Hibiscus
Palate: Banana, Pomegranate, Custard, Pink Pepper
Finish: Sweet, Sour and Complex

It's important to recognise a good whisky when you see one, and Hibiki 12 is a perfect example. Initially retailing as low as £50 in places such as Tesco or Sainsburys, a rare bottle of the stunning 12 year old blend is now valued from anywhere between £200 - £250 at auction.

Aside from the help from winning Best Whisky at the World Whisky Awards in 2010, why such a high increase in value? Now commonly known as 'The Japanese Whisky Crisis', the trend for Japanese whisky has resulted in a global shortage. After the infamous Whisky Bible named Yamazaki whisky “the best in the world”, the sales of Japanese whisky immediately exploded. Almost overnight, Hibiki and Yamazaki became the desired tipple of the world's most elite and exclusive bars, worshipped across the globe. 

The surging demand for Japanese whisky has reached such epic proportions that there’s now a global shortage –  but in a bid to keep their renowned title, Suntory have invested over 1bn yen in its Hibiki distillery and brought out the 'non-age statement' Hibiki Harmony to take the place of their beloved Hibiki 12.

Following the recent release of the 2017 Whisky Bible, if you have any of Jim Murray's top picks for the best Whiskies in the world (view the winners here), it's safe to say that your bank balance could improve significantly. You never know the potential value you could be sitting on, so get in touch for a free, quick and easy evaluation with a cash offer on the spot. And remember as Mark Twain so eloquently put it, "too much of anything is bad, but too much of good whisky is barely enough."

    angela esposito