This July, Suntory Japanese Whisky announced the launch of Hibiki Japanese
Harmony. One of the most prestigious and honoured whiskies in the world,
Hibiki is the most awarded blended whisky in Japan.
The name 'Hibiki Japanese Harmony’ is reflective of the harmony between people and nature in Japan. Inspired by the riches and subtleties of the 24 Japanese seasons, Hibiki Japanese Harmony is a meticulous blend of the finest whiskies from the House of Suntory Whisky, incorporating 10 malt and grain whiskies, aged in five types of casks, from the three Suntory distilleries. This delicate and harmonious blend creates a oneness unfolding a full orchestra of flavours and aromas. The Suntory Whisky blending team is led by third generation master blender and great-grandson of the founder, Shingo Torii, and fourth Chief Blender, Shinji Fukuyo, who commented;
“In philosophy and making, Hibiki Japanese Harmony is the new dawn of Hibiki, optimizing the same key malt and grain whiskies from the original Hibiki blend. I envisioned a luminous harmony of avours and aromas. A pure and simultaneously complex harmony that was at the core of every Hibiki blend.”
Hibiki Japanese Harmony uses the same key malt and grain whiskies from the original Hibiki blends (17 Years and 21 Years). American White Oak malt whiskies create a solid base.The rare Mizunara (Japanese) Oak and Sherry cask malt whiskies are the dressing. The smoky malt whiskies are subtle accents that give depth and complexity, while Chita grain whiskies act as the Dashi (Broth) to complete the flawless blend that is Hibiki Japanese Harmony. How to drink
Hibiki Japanese Harmony is extremely versatile. Whether enjoyed neat, on the rocks, blended with water or mixed as a cocktail, the harmony of this blend remains complete. It is a delicately balanced, smooth and subtly sweet blended whisky that enhances any dining experience. We recommend it be enjoyed with a hand-carved iceball for the ultimate Japanese whisky experience.
Official Tasting notes
Luminous. Delicate. A transparency that unveils complexicty
Nose: Rose, lychee, hint of rosemary, mature woodiness, sandalwood
Palate: Honey like sweetness, candied orange peel, white chocolate
Finish: Subtle, tender long finish, with a hint of Mizunara (Japanese Oak)
Price: RRP £53.49