Suntory Hibiki Japanese Harmony

Hibiki

Suntory Japanese Harmony

(0.75l, 43.0%)


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Can Whisky be Zen? Suntory Hibiki Japanese Harmony is the best of East and West… it is traditional Japanese craftsmanship joined with 300 years of Western whisky-making know how and technique.
 
Suntory… today the name virtually defines the beverage business in Japan. Founded in 1899 to import and distribute wine, they quickly branched out into their own products in 1907. In 1923, they stepped out again, this time into the nearly sacrilegious effort of distilling a single-malt Whisky in Japan. But the dogmatic traditionalist of the spirit-loving West soon forgave Suntory’s heresy for the most pragmatic of reasons … they made great Whisky and pioneered the delicate and problematic use of Mizunara Oak in the process. 
 
In the 90 years since then, Suntory has expanded through home grown brands and the acquisition of established business around the world. Perhaps most notable of which was their acquisition to American distiller Beam, Inc. in 2014, bringing their world-wide sales to more than $10 billion per year. Not too shabby. Their various holdings produce dozens of whiskies, beers, liqueurs, and soft drinks that span the globe. 
 
A beautiful Japanese girl approaches you, her black Kimono shining in the lamp light. She is carrying a tray with crystal stemware and a bottle of Hibiki Japanese Harmony upon it. As she arrives at your table, she gently bows, brushes a red, silk cloth across the rim of your glass, and then pours the spirit slowly… allowing the sweet perfume of the spirit time to rise. Then she presents it to you with both hands.
 
The sights, sounds, aroma and taste become a ceremony worthy of the craftsmanship. Each of the senses is satisfied and they are meaningful, purposeful, gentle and… in harmony with each other. 
 
Hibiki means harmony. And that is exactly what this whisky is… a harmony of at least five premium whisky styles of various ages and aging methods. And while four of those are single malts, the fifth is a grain from the Chita peninsula in central Japan. Some lesser producers use these techniques to hide inferior spirits in the mix, Suntory Hibiki Japanese Harmony is doing just the opposite. This is a top-flight attempt to find a new taste, a new experience. And you cannot fool the Whisky community, who have made Hibiki one of the most honored Whiskies in the world, bar none. 
 
SmartAss Corner
“For relaxing times, make it a Suntory time,” Bill Murray said a few times in the movie “Lost in Translation”. He was actually drinking the Suntory Hibiki. Oh and yes, Sean Connery also drank Suntory (Old) in the James Bond movie You Only Live Twice.

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  • Style
    Blended Whisky
  • Region
    Japan
  • Country
    Japan
  • Alcohol
    43.0%
  • Distillery
    Suntory
  • Bottler
    Suntory

Flavour Spiral™

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honey
oak
orange zest
floral
vanilla
sweet chocolate
sweet
burnt caramel
fruit
What does Suntory Hibiki Japanese Harmony taste like?

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The two biggest Whisky producers in Japan and major rivals are Nikka and Suntory.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Iridescent amber
 
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Floral Hibiscus, honey, and wood  
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Custard, honey, autumn fruits 
 
Finish 
Tender, sweet chocolate with orange zest

Flavour Spiral
honey, oak, orange zest, floral, vanilla, sweet chocolate, sweet, burnt caramel, fruit
Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Suntory Hibiki Japanese Harmony
Brandon
Flavor is great. Would definitely re-buy. Not as smooth as advertised but worth it for the finish.
Gary
Amazing. Sweet and light
Steve
Incredible
Shane
It's been over 20 years since I've sipped any Suntory in the United States. This new bottle of Hibiki is best (IMHO) with a splash of water to mellow out while sipping.
Dumitru
Sweet and spicy
B
One of the most complex whiskies on the market. very nice from scent to swallow.beautiful finish with a light flavor. a must have for any serious whiskey drinker.
B.
For my first step into Japanese Whisky...What a treat! The aroma was a pleasure and the sip fills the mouth with subtle flavors which show this to be a top notch addition to any collection. I was greatly impressed and will be adding more Japanese whiskies to my home bar.
J.e.
Very Smooth. Will absolutely order again.
anonymous
Smooth, silly and delicious
Chris
So good, you'll forget it's a blend. Sweet, complex, smooth. What a blend should be: a mix of whiskies to produce an intended flavor. You listening JW?
Al
Great first Japanese whisky for a novice but it will easily be overshadowed and outshined by its 12 yo big brother.
Phillip
Smooth but not a lot of taste. Doesn't linger on the palate
Jeffrey
Could be my favorite for the price
Daniel
Possibly the best whiskey I have ever tasted. Very smooth and satisfying taste. Great for after a hard day at work. I totally recommend giving this one a try.
anonymous
The most balanced whiskey I've ever had.
Apurva
Lovely amber, with a slightly spice tang in my mouth,
Jake
Excellent harmony. Best Japanese whiskey I have tried. Comparable to blantons.
Joseph
It's difficult to put words to the exact flavours I could pull out of this whisky but I can speak to the feelings that it causes in me. 'Harmony' is probably the best word to describe the experience that is this whisky; very balanced, yet complex collection of flavours throughout the dram that stir up a feeling of "just getting home after a long day" with every sip. Warning: reaching the end of the bottle is an especially sad moment.
Cheyne
Longest finish I've ever had on a non-age-statement whisky. Caramel, vanilla, dried fruits, it's initial palate is certainly light and youthful, but the finish is so deep and warming. My first venture into Japanese spirits, and definitely not to be the last.
Nathan
Delish!
anonymous
Love it!!
anonymous
Sweet, lychee nose, mellow finish
Amith
Very smooth whiskey!
Jeremy
Mmm smooth with a little initial spike
Michael
Smooth tasting
anonymous
Great and. easy to drink, if anything too easy! Would recommend highly if you like a slightly sweet, caramel taste to your whisky
Sean
Good aroma, good flavor, has some bite though, little pricey for what you get.
anonymous
Look like something I would become addicted to, however, fixed income prohibits me.
Patrick
Ok flavor. A little harsh. Less complex than others I've tried.
anonymous
Great for anyone who doesent like smoky flavors. Its soft, tastes great, i can only recommend it.
anonymous
The best
anonymous
Beautifully butter and sweet on the palette when taken with a little water.
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