Beam Suntory has announced the U.S. introduction of Hibiki Japanese Harmony Whisky.
Hibiki Japanese Harmony pays tribute to the original Hibiki first launched in 1989 to commemorate the Suntory philosophy to live in Harmony with Nature and People, the company says. Suntory Chief Blender Shinji Fukuyo challenged himself to “design a quintessential Hibiki blend” by refining it to capture the core of a true Hibiki as a no-age-statement blend.
Hibiki Japanese Harmony leverages the exact same malt and grain whiskies used in the first Hibiki blend, the company says. At least 10 malt and grain whiskies, aged up to approximately 20 years, blend together to create a harmony of flavors and aromas.
Hibiki Japanese Harmony is amber-colored, with a nose of rose, lychee, hint of rosemary, mature woodiness, and sandalwood, according to the company. On the palate it tastes of honey-like sweetness, candied orange peel, and white chocolate. The long finish has hints of Mizunara (Japanese oak). The ABV is 43%.
Hibiki Japanese Harmony is available nationwide (rolling out now) with a suggested retail price of $64.99.
The Hibiki Brand was introduced by in 1989 with Hibiki 17 Year Old, followed by Hibiki 21 Year Old in 1994, Hibiki 30 Year Old in 1997, Hibiki 12 Year Old in 2009 and just now in 2015, with Hibiki Japanese Harmony, the first no age statement blend from Hibiki.