Suntory Hibiki Japanese Harmony Whisky

Back to whisky! We had a great time on Wednesday learning about some new Japanese Whiskies, but here is one from a storied distillery that was been making whisky in Japan for quite some time.

Japanese whiskies have been kind of an enigma of late. There are quite a few products to be had, but nothing as spectacular as some of the “age statement” bottles that were making their way around the world about 10-15 years ago. You will be hard pressed to find a 12-21 Year old anything anymore, but this one will do nicely.

Harmony – a rather apt word to describe this well-balanced Japanese blended whisky from the Hibiki range. Hibiki Japanese Harmony is made with malt whiskies from the Yamazaki and Hakushu distilleries, as well as grain whisky from the Chita distillery. The whiskies are drawn from 5 different types of cask, including American white oak casks, Sherry casks and Mizunara oak casks. The blend itself was crafted by the Suntory Whisky blending team, led by Master Blender Shingo Torii. An elegant expression, with wafts of honey, orange, a herbaceous touch or two and light oak.

  • Preparation: Room temperature
  • Glass: Glencairn
  • Cocktail Potential: No
  • Availability: Yes – JJ’s VIP Price – $83.99

Tom’s Tasting Note: This is delicious as a slow sipper. Lots of honey, leather, oak and vanilla along with aromas of red beery and a little citrus. It has a nice long finish even at 80 proof. I enjoy this pour very much!