Hibiki was created to be the paragon of the Suntory blend. The name Hibiki literally means resonance in Japanese, and reflects the Suntory philosophy to live in harmony with people and nature. Hibiki celebrates Japanese nature and the subtleties found in the 24 seasons of the traditional calendar reflected in the 24 facets of its bottle design.
New as of March 2015, this, the fifth addition to Suntory's celebrated Hibiki collection, is also the latest and most affordable. It follows on from Yamazaki and Hakushu Distiller's Reserve which are also younger, NAS (no age statement) whiskies, aimed at maintaining sales due to the scarcity of older whisky stocks. Nikka has also recently decided to discontinue a large number of their whiskies due to increased demand and a decrease in supply. Now would be a good time to stock up.
Details of the composition of Japanese Harmony haven't been revealed yet, but, like the Distiller's Reserve, it's a harmonious blend of malt and grain whiskies, likely young and old material. Single malts entering in the blend come from Yamazaki and Hakushu distilleries, while grain whisky comes from Chita distillery meticulously blended to create a full orchestra of flavours and aromas.
Colour : Amber
Nose : Notes of plum in syrup, roses, a sweet woodiness.
Palate: orange marmalade, dark chocolate, a slight bitterness.
Finish: lingering sweetness and acidity, spices and wood.