Suntory Hibiki Japanese Harmony

Suntory Hibiki Japanese Harmony

(0.7l, 43%)


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Suntory Hibiki Japanese Harmony is the best of East and West…
 
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.
 
  • Category
  • Style
    Blended Japanese Whisky
  • Region
    Japan
  • Country
    Japan
  • Alcohol
    43%
  • Distillery
    Suntory
  • Age
    NAS

Flavour Spiral™

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

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Japanese Whisky can act as an interesting comparison between Scotch and Bourbon, being a Scotch-style spirit matured in conditions with greater temperature variation closer to Kentucky.

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.

Flavor Spiral
honey, oak, orange zest, floral, vanilla, sweet chocolate, sweet, burnt caramel, fruit.

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Ratings & Reviews
William
William,
Very smooth
 
Ryan
Ryan,
An all time favorite. Great blend of flavored and smooth all the way through without being boring.
 
JOSEPH
JOSEPH,
Lite unique and smoother then expected I've want to try it for awhile and I'm happy I got it
 
Mike
Mike,
Lite - sweet - very special Whisky - this Japanese Whisky is one of the best in the World - just try it once - you will re-order again and again
 
Jason
Jason,
Mild peat, gentle flavors. Good on ice.
 
Jenni
Jenni,
Smooth, fruity and pleasant taste and note. Fresh aftertaste with a hint on spicyness.
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Unique tsste
 
guest
guest,
This is delicious. Slightly Smokey, great taste. Smooth.
 
Leslie
Leslie,
Smooth. Hint of chocolate. Like a warming hot cocoa with a whiskey finish.
 
Alexander
Alexander,
Love it ! May suffer from over blended syndrome. But still a very smooth dram. Easy sipping.
 
Brandon
Brandon,
Great flavor. Though, I believe it was a slightly different taste than what I have received in Japan. Perhaps a simply a different year/blend?
 
Jason
Jason,
One of the best Japanese whiskeys I've tried. Smooth overall and flavorful throughout the finish.
 
John
John,
Reminded me of drinking egg nog at Christmas. I don’t think it lives up to its reputation but it is an extremely pleasant dram.
 
Ian
Ian,
Hibiki is full of character and much more complex than a typical bourbon or one-note scotch. Harmony is a very accurate descriptor because all of your favorite parts of a scotch are married here to the best characteristics of a more mellow Kentucky-style dram. Smoke but just enough, dry but satisfying, and above all Balanced with each flavor practically singing a campfire kumbaya with one another on the palate. This is a perfect expression to match the name, and a great scotch to enjoy neat, chilled, or with a single rock or ice ball.
 
Michael
Michael,
A beautiful bottle with a great taste. Very smooth and well balanced. Can’t ever go wrong with this drink.
 
Joshua
Joshua,
Extremely tasty Japanese spirit. Poured neat over a single ice cube you experience notes of oak, sweetness reminiscent of honey, and a savory smoke that washes over your pallet. A tad bit spicy on the finish but nothing that distracts from the complexity of the flavors, if anything it adds to it. Great looking on the shelf and a hit to share with close friends or perfect for celebrating a special occasion
 
Michael
Michael,
Nose has bright, sweet floral tones (honeysuckle, vanilla) with a deeper sandalwood/cedar-like spice note beneath. Flavors bloom softly in the mouth with vanilla and light caramel up front, before progressing into citrus zest, light fruit, spices (nutmeg, white pepper,) and oak going into a dry finish with hints of cocoa powder and light smoke. Mouth feel is smooth and easy without being insubstantial, and alcohol is gently warming. The label talks about harmony and you can take Suntory at their word- the balance of sweet/spicy/smokey/bitter here make this just a great all-around whisky.
 
Thomas
Thomas,
I love this whisky. So easy to drink, nice floral notes and the taste of apples or some other fruit. Easily the best whisky I’ve had so far.
 
Lou
Lou,
Lovely. Your typical extremely balanced, nuanced, and delicate Japanese whisky with a good about of body and more punch them some of the lighter stuff.
 
Gilbert
Gilbert,
Not much to envy from the Hibiki 12 and Hibiki 17 Very soft, smooth flavor, definitely not the money of the other Hibiki's but the taste belong for sure. GO
 
Steve
Steve,
A very enjoyable whisky. Best one from Japan that I have tasted thus far. Very drinkable on its own and leaves you wanting some more.
 
Alex
Alex,
Tried it for the first time 2 months ago and fell in love with this whisky. Fruity on the nose and well balanced between smoky, spicy, and fruity on the palate. Great presentation that’ll look good on any shelf.
 
Eric
Eric,
Great Japanese blended whiskey. Very, very clean and very smooth. Probably easiest whiskey to drink around. Go to Whiskey when in doubt, and great value for the money.
 
Shawn
Shawn,
Really enjoyed the fruit and chocolate notes in this one. My favorite of the Japanese whiskey taster.
 
Marcus
Marcus,
Started with Toki, and this is a perfect yin to the yang! Great sipper!
 
Juan
Juan,
Excellent whisky. The smoothness is very unique
 
Keith
Keith,
Reminds me of a Japanese Jameson. More complex but similar to an Irish whisky.
 
Tony
Tony,
Very tasty, easy to drink
 
Eric
Eric,
- nose: stone fruit, pineapple, honey, sweet chocolate - Palate: smooth, lite fruits, clementine orange zest, burnt caramel - Finish: mild finish with light oak and oddest sour touch at the end - Lite and easy drinking - 7 our of 10
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Delicious notes of honey and citrus with smokey undertones. Enjoy neat or on the rocks.
 
Alexander
Alexander,
This is my favorite japanese whisky. it's very similar to an irish whiskey, due to it's sweeter, friendlier flavor. Plays very well neat, or on the rocks. Haven't tried in a mix drink, and using it like that would feel like a waste of such a delicious drink. Definitely buying this since it just came back into stock.
 
Chuck
Chuck,
Harmony is the right word. On the nose, the honey and mild smoke combine for a very pleasant barbecue note. Smooth mixed fruit and pepper in the mouth and sweet lingering chocolate on the finish. Wonderful!
 
Art
Art,
Hibiki is my favorite or the Japanese Whisky’s, very smooth after just 10 minutes on a large single cube. Yum, that will promote “harmony” in uour life!
 
Maurice
Maurice,
Great Whisky! on the home bar...
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Good smoke, no burn, great flavor.
 
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robkscott@gmail.com,
I really enjoy this one. Has a nice smooth fruity taste. This is Defiantly one to keep in rotation!
 
Dustin
Dustin,
Reminds me of Tory, nice and smooth at first, then no afterburn, then the caramel sets in, success! I'm new to the Japanese whiskey but so far they are sooo clean to sip!
 
Mike
Mike,
One of the best of your selections - mildly sweet - fruity - i will continue to purchase this and give it as gifts to my best Buds . . . I Highly Recommend it ! !
 
Matt
Matt,
This is my first Japanese whiskey and I’m impressed. This is really good. It’s all the right flavors for me, but could be just a bit smoother.
 
Corinthian
Corinthian,
I felt the smoothest sensation when I swirled the whiskey in my glass into my mouth.....a hint of floral and honey notes hit forefront....the spice and casket barrel came at the end...awesome...well done...
 
Mark
Mark,
bottle must have had a hole in it. It is gone :)
 
Calvin
Calvin,
Memorable from the first sip. Great balance, finish, and taste. Definitely recommend.
 
William
William,
Very smooth
 
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
Love this whisky. Very smooth and balanced. Excellent flavor and finish.
 
Corey
Corey,
Honey and smoke
 
Adam
Adam,
Smokey but very balanced
 
Nicholas
Nicholas,
Little thicker than im used to, but tastes great. Very smooth with a nice hint of honey. Great way to end the night.
 
Christian
Christian,
Really well balanced. Sweet with oak overtones. Great purchase. One of my favorite Japanese Whisky's.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
it was a very invigorating spirit and can't wait to savor the rest you all have to offer...y'all have a great day now ya hear
 
gary
gary,
Very smooth. Was presently surprised!
 
Aash
Aash,
Was not impressed. Hearing so much about these Japanese whiskeys I was expecting something different. I drink it straight no water or ice. Was harsh
 
Matt
Matt,
Really love the flavor of this. Easiest drinking whisky I have found.
 
Guillermo
Guillermo,
Sweet and smooth. Not like the 12 or 17 but it’s still good.
 
guest
guest,
Lightly Oakes with Honey and Citrus! Very Well Balanced
 
John
John,
Smooth, Clean, Light, Refreshing
 
Michael
Michael,
Thoroughly enjoyed this. One of my go to drinks.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Very smooth to drink.
 
James
James,
Love it, Pretty complex and opens up nicely notes of plum wine or peach on the finish
 
Jacqueline
Jacqueline,
Light peat, floral nose, and mild....this is a wonderful finish to a mild meal and perfect enough to carry you through into spring.
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Definitely enjoy this whisky. Smooth, flavorful and I think just the right amount of notes to keep it interesting. Not a overpowering whisky but a nice sipper.
 
shane
shane,
Solid, strong flavors from the start to finish.
 
Brian
Brian,
Smooooooooth
 
Joe
Joe,
Delicious smooth whiskey good mouth feel and finish
 
Brent
Brent,
Smoothest of the set.
 
Stephen
Stephen,
A lovely flavoured Whisky slightly sweet but delightful.
 
Jason
Jason,
Love it!!
 
Danny
Danny,
Not a bad whisky. Strong notes of butterscotch and honey. Definitely get the orange zest also. Goes down easy but much too sweet for my taste.
 
Mike
Mike,
Very smooth - nice semi-sweet fruit touched flavor - easy going down - add just a little cold water - wonderful going down
 
Matthew
Matthew,
The Suntory whisky is incredibly smooth. Be careful.
 
guest
guest,
Transcendent
 
Kirk
Kirk,
Smooth and tasty.
 
Jenna
Jenna,
A really well balanced drink
 
Michael
Michael,
Sweet and delicious.
 
William
William,
Loved it. Very smooth, with a good taste.
 
Sean
Sean,
Sweet and amazingly smooth.
 
Joe
Joe,
Great taste and all of the flavor spiral is represented.
 
Kenneth
Kenneth,
Fine sipping.
 
Trevor
Trevor,
This stuff is great. Buttery and smooth. It's one that I say I'll just have one or two glasses and move on to another then next thing I know the bottle is halfway down the bottle.
 
Eduardo
Eduardo,
One of my favorites. Sweet and fruit after tastes. Very smooth going down. Love it.
 
Nikhil
Nikhil,
Not as smooth as I expected. But pretty good for a blended
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Excellent whisky. I love the subtle sweet beginning and has a very smooth finish. This is my first Japanese whisky and I would highly recommend.
 
Trevor
Trevor,
Beautiful flavors that balance well with a clean finish. Harmony does well in describing this whiskey and representing Japan.
 
Benjamin
Benjamin,
A bit sweet, not spicy. Finishes well.
 
christopher
christopher,
Very Whisky, light in color finishes well.
 
Jeff
Jeff,
The Japanese really nailed this one. Great flavor not overpowering.
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Very nice
 
Glenn
Glenn,
A little oily, but very good. Less peaty than Nikka or Hakushu
 
Paul
Paul,
Hibiki is a great whiskey. I am not a tasting notes kind of guy. Either I like it or I do not.
 
Antti
Antti,
It is a classic, rich & well-balanced Japanese blended whisky with a tender death,
 
Matt
Matt,
This whiskey is very smooth and great tasting. I bought it along with the Nikka Coffey Grain Whiskey and both were great but the Nikka was slightly better tasting and equally as smooth for my tastes. Recommend both but if you have to choose one I recommend the Nikka.
 
Jiawen
Jiawen,
Sweet really good
 
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
I like it! Great flavor. Very nice long finish. Overall good whiskey
 
Aaron
Aaron,
I always have Hibiki in my cabinet. It's complex and balance, and has the perfect amount of smoke and vanilla. I've not found it to be fruity though, even though I often see it mentioned.
 
Frank
Frank,
I really like the way the flavors seem to change on the palate as you sip it.
 
Stephen
Stephen,
Very mellow whiskey... on the sweet side, but that's not a bad thing. I thoroughly enjoyed this sample. Heavy vanilla and caramel nose. Slightly oily mouthfeel. Great choice if you don't want to break the bank.
 
Mathew
Mathew,
One of my favorite whiskeys, has a lot of flavor and smells absolutely divine. It is very smooth, and I highly recommend it.
 
Moises
Moises,
One of the most sophisticated whiskeys I've had!..very smooth
 
Steve
Steve,
Had a bite for a blended whiskey but was tempered by the vanilla and honey. A nice blend
 
Chase
Chase,
Excellent taste for the price point.
 
Jeremy
Jeremy,
Slightly sweet with a spicy finish. Nice flavor with a little burn.
 
Michael
Michael,
Wonderfully smooth, slightly sweet, and complex. I usually go for scotches, but this whiskey is a wonderful addition to any home bar.
 
guest
guest,
Very smooth
 
kevin
kevin,
One of my favorites to date. Very smooth flavor. I've been tasting a lot of Nikka and Hibiki, all good whisky. I'll be buying another bottle of this one.
 
Jason
Jason,
Burns the tongue at first taste. Nice, honey flavour once the burn dies down. Not my favourite, but tasty.
 
Clayton
Clayton,
Great flavor!! Really smooth. My favorite!
 
Boyd
Boyd,
Honey and apple nose. Midly spices on the backend. Better with a bit of water...opens it up
 
Edward
Edward,
A good flavourful whisky, but doesn't come close to the Hibiki 17
 
guest
guest,
Great mix of smooth but still have a kick to it at the end
 
Vince
Vince,
A friend of our said that we had to try it and if we did, we would love it, he was right! Great!
 
guest
guest,
One of my favorites, it's light, smooth, and carries a great balance of spice and malt notes.
 
guest
guest,
Harmony of senses, "Echo" of time, tradition, and terroir
 
guest
guest,
District 10
 
Andres
Andres,
Enjoyed this whiskey very much, very smooth, with a lot of vanilla and chocolate notes.
 
Mary
Mary,
Not impressive for the price point.
 
Mineth
Mineth,
Very smooth
 
Lawrence
Lawrence,
Love this whiskey!!! Enjoyed this with my mom
 
guest
guest,
Not impressed for the money
 
Lorenzo
Lorenzo,
The is a very good Whiskey, sweet vanilla, chocolate notes with a smooth finish. Definitely one too keep in your bar!
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Pretty smooth, but doesn't seem to live up to the price.
 
Brandon
Brandon,
Flavor is great. Would definitely re-buy. Not as smooth as advertised but worth it for the finish.
 
Gary
Gary,
Amazing. Sweet and light
 
Steve
Steve,
Incredible
 
Shane
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
Dumitru,
Sweet and spicy
 
B
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.
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.
J.e.,
Very Smooth. Will absolutely order again.
 
guest
guest,
Smooth, silly and delicious
 
Chris
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?
 
Albert
Albert,
Great first Japanese whisky for a novice but it will easily be overshadowed and outshined by its 12 yo big brother.
 
Phillip
Phillip,
Smooth but not a lot of taste. Doesn't linger on the palate
 
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
Could be my favorite for the price
 
Daniel
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.
 
guest
guest,
The most balanced whiskey I've ever had.
 
Apurva
Apurva,
Lovely amber, with a slightly spice tang in my mouth,
 
Jake
Jake,
Excellent harmony. Best Japanese whiskey I have tried. Comparable to blantons.
 
Joseph
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
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
Nathan,
Delish!
 
guest
guest,
Love it!!
 
guest
guest,
Sweet, lychee nose, mellow finish
 
Amith
Amith,
Very smooth whiskey!
 
Jeremy
Jeremy,
Mmm smooth with a little initial spike
 
Michael
Michael,
Smooth tasting
 
guest
guest,
Great and. easy to drink, if anything too easy! Would recommend highly if you like a slightly sweet, caramel taste to your whisky
 
Sean
Sean,
Good aroma, good flavor, has some bite though, little pricey for what you get.
 
guest
guest,
Look like something I would become addicted to, however, fixed income prohibits me.
 
Patrick
Patrick,
Ok flavor. A little harsh. Less complex than others I've tried.
 
guest
guest,
Great for anyone who doesent like smoky flavors. Its soft, tastes great, i can only recommend it.
 
guest
guest,
The best
 
guest
guest,
Beautifully butter and sweet on the palette when taken with a little water.
 
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