It’s always sad to say goodbye to somebody you love, and that includes the person who gave me the bottle in the first place. On a recent trip over, a friend gifted me a special presentation bottle of Suntory’s Hibiki Japanese Harmony Master’s Select. Not only was it a beautiful bottle on the outside but even more so on the inside.
I have been a fan of Japanese whiskey for quite some time. It has its own style and sweetness, just as Ardbeg has its own personality and peatyness. In other words, it’s an acquired taste but far easier for novices to get the hang of and less challenging than other whiskies – but no less nuanced and nubile!
So, in summary, if you like Japanese whiskies you will like this one. Immensely. Just as I did. Sadly, all too quickly. Sigh. Until the next bottle.
I buy most of my whiskey from Master of Malt, so I’m letting you know. They have a great trade discount program, so if you are a business you can get really good prices. However, to keep your trade status, you will need to consume an enormous quantity of booze every year. For some of us, that won’t be a problem!
Here is what Master of Malt has to say about this whiskey:
Hibiki Japanese Harmony is made with malt whiskies from the Yamazaki and Hakushu distilleries, as well as grain whisky from the Chita distillery. The whiskies are drawn from 5 different types of cask, including American white oak casks, Sherry casks and Mizunara oak casks. The blend itself was crafted by the Suntory Whisky blending team, led by Master Blender Shingo Torii. An elegant expression, with wafts of honey, orange, a herbaceous touch or two and light oak.
Now, I have to figure out what to do with this gorgeous empty bottle…