The latest Suntory's whisky release is available in Japan since March 2015. We invite you to discover our Hibiki Japanese Harmony tasting experience.
As we already announced in a previous article, Suntory unveiled a new blended whisky that integrates the Hibiki's permanent range and will probably be in the future the only representative of the family whose famous older versions of 12, 17, 21 and 30 year old become increasingly rare and difficult to get due to the depletion of stocks of old whiskies (more information on the situation of whisky in Japan).
This inexorable depletion pushed Suntory to develop its permanent range by incorporating the Yamazaki and Hakushu Distiller's Reserve created by Shinji Fukuyo chief master blender of the house, which are a blend of old whiskies vatted with very expressive young whiskies called "young talents".
Just like both Distiller's Reserve, Hibiki Japanese Harmony is probably a blend work of "young talents" and older malt whiskies aged in different type of casks, vatted with grain whiskies. Of course we will keep you informed as soon as we get more information about its composition.
From a visual standpoint, this new expression proudly represents the family with the now famous 24 facets bottle, labeled with a traditional paper label with Hibiki written in a beautiful Japanese calligraphy. No doubt, this is indeed a true Hibiki, one of the most awarded blended whisky in the world.
Now let's check if this Japanese Harmony is definitely a pure Hibiki, by tasting this new release that should be available from this summer in Europe.
And just by opening the bottle, we guess we will not be disappointed !
Review by Nicolas