Whisky aficionados are well aware of the meteoric rise of Japanese whiskys, which are taking over the world and winning awards left, right and center. Honing their craft with extreme precision, Suntory is one Japanese distiller that is leading the charge with an exceptional range of whisky, with their Hibiki a particular standout.
The latest addition to the Hibiki range is Japanese Harmony, an aged blend whisky that offers a symphony of more than 12 malt and grain whiskies from Suntory’s Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita distilleries.
The whisky is presented in a 24-faceted glass bottle, symbolising the 24 seasons of the old Japanese lunar calendar, and pays homage to the original Hibiki blend from 1989. Fukuyo has used the exact malt and grain whiskies that went into the first Hibiki blend – American White Oak malt whiskies for the base, accentuated by rare Mizunara (Japanese oak) and sherry malt whiskies.
The whisky is described as having aromas of rose and lychee, with hints of rosemary, mature woodiness, and sandalwood. The palate has honey-like sweetness, candied orange peel and white chocolate, with a long, subtle finish.
It is recommended that Hibiki Japanese Harmony be enjoyed neat, blended with water, mixed as a cocktail, or served with a hand-carved ice ball for the full Japanese whisky experience.