Hibiki Japanese Harmony
Hibiki Japanese Harmony is a blend of Japanese malt and grain whiskies from Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita. Presented in the brand’s trademark 24-faceted bottle representing the Japanese seasons, this is light, approachable and moreish with enticing notes of orange peel and white chocolate.
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.
Something of a baby compared with much older Hibiki bottlings, this retains the classic soft, elegant orange-blossom character and generous fruitiness, with a little spice to help things along.
Nose: Beguiling aromas of apricots, orange blossom and marmalade, bolstered by subtle spiciness, too – cinnamon and clove. Elegant and seductive.
Palate: The generous fruit continues on to the palate, with oranges and apricots in abundance. There’s a little peppery spice, but the soft, succulent fruit takes hold. Nice balance, and nicely crafted.
Finish: The spiciness takes over from the fruit and lingers, along with a little barrel char.
What some of our whisky enthusiast friends have said about Hibiki Japanese Harmony
Quote 1 “I tried Hibiki Japanese Harmony about a year ago when the price was decent in a local store. It’s the first Japanese whisky I ever tried, and I tried a few afterwards but this one is my favourite. Excellent blend. Love the bottle, gorgeous. It’s smooth and easy to drink but the way it’s flavour opens up in your mouth makes for a great whisky experience. My first recommendation whenever somebody asks about Japanese whisky. I’m curious to try their aged stuff but it’s price sadly skyrocketed recently.”
Quote 2 “One of my favourite whiskies. Excellent balance. The nose is my favourite out of any pour I’ve experienced so far. The scent of dried fruit and baking spices takes the forefront, then spreading out to make room for the introduction of extremely light smoke and that buttery note that is so classic in Suntory products, with a nice floral character rounding it all off. The palate matches nicely as well, apricots in abundance, circled by those wintery spices, and the subtle warmth of black pepper and mizunara oak. The finish focuses mainly on those wood and pepper notes without becoming overbearing whatsoever during the course of its medium length. In conclusion. A fantastic whisky that is rich with interesting character and a lot of nuances. Though a bit overpriced given the recent boom within the Japanese whisky industry. Which brings it down to a 4.5 for me but I’ll still give it 5 stars because we can’t use decimals here.”
Quote 3 “I purchased Hibiki harmony on a whim. As a musician, I can say that harmony is an apt descriptor. There is no dissonance here. As other reviewers have mentioned, it’s light, but not because it lacks substance. It’s light because everything is in balance. The subtle sense that all of the harsh flavour profiles that can exist within a whiskey are present but in a proportion that cancels… that’s the predominant aesthetic. Precariously sweet, subtle and warm without being syrupy. Curious… blindness in direct opposition to emptiness. .125hz from in tune. Pleasantly pensive.”