The Hibiki Japanese Harmony is a blend of over 10 different whiskies aged in five different casks from Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita distilleries. The oldest whisky in the blend is probably Hibiki’s own 21 year old followed by their own 17 year old propped up by malts matured in American white oak, Japanese oak and sherry casks with grain whiskies from Suntory’s Chita distillery. Japanese whiskey is crafted in the Scottish style. We find they lie between Lowland and Speyside in style.
That really is advertised as a private limited edition, nonetheless it’s still accessible many places and on the web. Found this as a xmas gift bought in the ADF by some one who thought the jar sounded fine. So far as packing goes, that really is actually a superb gift whisky whilst the jar is attractively finished. Very fresh and sweet to the nose. Only at 43 percent I had been expecting a nose that is stronger, however it’s unbelievably pleasant however, not mellow.
Fresh summer blossoms and cut timber strikes you. After that it congeals in to thick honey sweetness, so somewhat overly candy perhaps. Maybe not just a really intricate nose, but enjoyable yet. Coats orally with a hot fatty sweetness. On next pass, you obtain each of the youthful whiskies in your own tongue. 3rd pass brings from the timber that you nosed earlier in the day.
Additionally you begin to comprehend the reason why they urge it with a ‘hand-carved ice-ball’ once the complete potency of this 43% strikes you. Once brewed, it melts to an extremely dimmed — very dimmed — salty ending. Regrettably, the smallest dilution dulls most of the older whiskies and attracts younger ones into the end.
An adequate and extremely smooth conclusion, but nothing which could necessitate a standing ovation. You’ll remember that being good, however, you won’t remember just why. Burnt toast would be your past you to go outside. A superbly balanced combination. It’s quite fun and something you would suggest to a non-whiskey drinking friends. There isn’t much to get worked up about in the event that you want your whiskies, however it’s fairly tolerable and incredibly favorable.