Suntory Hibiki 21yo 70cl
Suntory began in 1899 when Shinjiro Torii founded the Torii Shoten store in Osaka. Over the next decade he developed a range of aged Japanese spirits, but also dreamed of creating an original Japanese whisky. In 1923 he realised that dream when he founded the Yamazaki Distillery, Japan’s first single malt whisky distillery on the outskirts of Kyoto. By 1937 Suntory was well established, and Japan”s love affair with whisky had begun. In 1973 Shinjiro”s son Keizo Saji decided to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Japanese whisky-making and push the boundaries of Japanese whisky, building the Hakushu Distillery – in the following decades Suntory has added the Single Malt Yamazaki 1984, Suntory Hibiki in 1989, followed by the Single Malt Hakushu in 1994.
This new expression was created by Chief Blender Shinji Fukuyo challenged himself to design a quintessential Hibiki blend by meticulously refining it to capture the core of a true Hibiki whisky. Hibiki Japanese Harmony is the perfect introduction to Japanese Whisky. More than 10 different malts and 3 grain whiskies are used; selected from the Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita distilleries, these have been aged up to 20 years before they are blended together to create a harmony of flavours and aromas. The Hibiki brand is one of the flagship brands in the Suntory portfolio, the bottle represents the 24 seasons in the Japanese calendar. The Hibiki Japanese Harmony pays tribute to the original Hibiki, launched in 1989 to commemorate the 90th year anniversary of the company.
Clear amber colour. Floral nose with notes of Japanese Orange, lovely mature savoury oak and a hint of sandalwood Pure, clean style, honey like sweetness, with candied orange peel, subtle long finish with a hint of Mizunara Japanese oak.