This is the first time Suntory has launched a whisky outside of Japan.
The whisky is aged in Japanese plum liqueur ‘Umeshu’ casks and blended from a variety of malt and grain whiskies. It is filtered through bamboo charcoal.
Seiichi Koshimizu, Suntory’s chief blender said: “Hibiki is a niche brand and we understand that not many people can afford to buy such premium whiskies. By adding Hibiki 12 year-old to the range we seek to make the brand more affordable.”
Bottled at 43% ABV, Hibiki 12 year old will be priced at between £39.99 and £42.99.