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Hibiki Japanese Harmony

(70cl, 43%)

Hibiki Japanese Harmony
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Hibiki Japanese Harmony Bottling Note

Harmony - a rather apt word to describe this well-balanced Japanese blended whisky from the Hibiki range. 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.

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User Reviews of the Hibiki Japanese Harmony

Excellent whisky, well worth it.

If smoky peaty briny single malts are winter, then the Hibiki Harmony is spring.
It is light, sweet, bright, fool of fruit.. that citrusy influence that is just...yummy!
There are very few whiskies even close in price point that I would rank with this one.

25th March 2017

One of the most elegant whiskies I"ve ever drank.

By far one of the most elegant whiskies. I enjoy it straight with just a splash of cold water. I smell orange, a bit of chocolate and toffee. Very smooth taste with a sweet buttery end. It is complex but not too complex and medium strong.

11th February 2017

Very pleased with this offering

While this blend from Hibiki does remain smooth from start to finish, it also has a pleasing complexity that makes you want to taste it again. It has a nice finish that lingers softly, which I like, allowing you to easily continue to drink it.

I was never one to try and pinpoint every last flavor detail - I leave that to those with a more refined palate, than I. What I value is a whisky that tastes great and is a pleasure to drink in the overall experience. I find that Hibiki Japanese Harmony is exactly that.

15th January 2017

Beautiful!

This is a beautiful whiskey. It is smooth, delicious, sweet and well worth the price.

10th January 2017

Scottish whisky drinker,' + years

We opened the bottle and poured a few glassed it smelt really good , we drank it and it also tasted really good . then we had a glass of our local Scottish whisky , then I decided to taste the Japanese Whisky again .BUT WE WERE all very surprised and SHOCKED to find it was not pleasant to drink after having a SCOTTISH WHISKY .
Very Disappointed ???? FW

3rd January 2017

Smooth, Smokey & buttered.

Such a lovely whiskey. Very easy to drink. Love it on ice.

20th December 2016

Whiskey lover

For the price, it is the best Japanese whiskey out there.

19th December 2016

Car without a motor

Having a get together with the boys. I originally wrote a report on this that was not favourable and said I would let it breathe and report back again. Here it is from the group: Very fruity, cherries and bananas but rather flat overall. No life, no social redeeming value...lack of risk from the distiller. The question was "would you buy it?" and the overwhelming response was no.

11th December 2016

Sweetened high octane vomit

The bottle I got with The Japanese Advent calendar is hopefullt just off. Because this stuff hadn't a light smoky nose and the flavor of cat vomit. Every sip resulted in gagging. Had two friends over who are avid whiskey drinkers that tasted it with the same reaction. Group vote was to pour it out. I spent all evening trying to choke it down hoping it would get better. It didn't.

3rd December 2016

Not a fan

When I first opened the bottle all I could smell was rubbing alcohol. First glass was not a pleasant experience at all. Very young...sharp, soapy and lacking in flavour. Let it sit for a while and had another glass a few weeks later and although it settled down it still lacks character in my opinion. Having the boys over for a scotch night before Xmas and will report back with some more thoughts.

29th November 2016

Malaysian.

On its own not much alcohol taste but very smooth. Please mix with yamazaki limited edition 2016 and it becomes fantastic. 2 spoonful of each and the formula is just right.

26th November 2016

Hibiki by the name

Honestly this Hibiki is very disapointing. Flat and short.

18th November 2016

Short lived & Non-complex

Young wet wood, very floral, decadent marmalade, spice, vanilla, sugar sweet but thin, short finish. Nice sweet & spicy taste with wood and flowers for aroma. I bit thin and the finish I'd short. Complexity seems to stop at the nose and the taste is a bit of a sweet mess. Reminds me of a brandy. My rating comes down to this. Am I excited to run to my kitchen and gave another dram of it? No. Would I buy it again? Nope.

17th October 2016

Smooth and sweet with the right complexity enjoyale to drink this pic

Probably one of the better blended I have tasted at this mid tier range. If smoky scotch isn't for you, this is the one to go for!!

27th September 2016

VERY SMOOTH

RECOMMENDED HIGHLY

21st September 2016

VERY VERY SMOOTH

RECOMMENDED

21st September 2016

Surprisingly good

The initial nose is I think oak and orange together. Followed by more pronounced orange and peppery oak, which is in turn followed by notes of vanilla from the depths. There isn't even the barest hint of alcohol on the nose.

The palate is again oak and oranges, followed by orange candy, with some medicinal orange notes. There are only the barest hints of alcohol here, and barely any bite, until the finish.

The finish is dry with some hints of toffee showing up in an airing of oranges.

21st September 2016

Worth the price

Pricier than some great single malts (Laphroaig, Ardbeg, Arran), but this is a beautiful blend. Fruity, complex, smoky, and smooth with a pleasant, numbing bite at the finish. Think of a smokier, fruitier version of Arran 10.

28th August 2016

Initially skeptical - totally won me over after several sessions

Dismissed by many due to its price point as a blend - don't overlook this incredibly light, smooth and floral whisky. Less sweet, more fruity (orange, spice, wood cone through) - don't let the snobs put you off with their wearisome complaints that it 'lacks in complexity' and is 'too sweet'. On the contrary, I'd say this is pure, understated complexity and elegance. Give it a chance - you won't be disappointed.

15th August 2016

very nice and smooth

Was pleasantly surprised by how smooth and tasty it was

28th July 2016

Cloying Sweet

After trying the Hakushu 12yr as my first Japanese Whisky and being blown away, I was eager to try more offerings from Suntory's distilleries. The Hibiki Japanese harmony was the next bottle I grabbed.

The nose is promising, slightly floral, with more warmth and spice than the Hakushu. I got slightly woody smells in the nose, but none of the cirtrus or smoke of the Hakushu. Smells very inviting.

On the palate sweetness dominates everything. It tasted as if someone dropped a dollop of honey directly on my tongue before the whiskey comes through. With even the sweetest Bourbon, there is generally enough body and flavor to support the sweetness. After the honey there are some interesting and pleasant tasting notes in this whisky, especially those that you can get on the exhale after a good sip. But all the tasting notes here are demure and restrained and subtle, and simply do not stand up to the overwhelming sweetness.

At best Hibiki might make a great base for a minimalist cocktail or whisky and club soda. At worst it is simply medicinal in taste and lacking most of the virtues of the other fantastic Japanese Whiskys I've tasted.

11th July 2016

Hibiki Japanese Harmony

One of the best blended whisky's I've tasted.

20th June 2016

hibiki japanese harmony

A truly delicious whiskey.Smooth and satisfying.
Even when the nectar has been enjoyed,the glass continues to have a delightful nose of oak and spicy sandalwood.

18th June 2016

Wow

Caramel...almond...toffee...sweet stuff...a little salty. Simple mid palate but really smooth and terrific for the price. I like it better than yamazaki 12 year and nikka pure malt. Great whisky for under $75.

18th June 2016

Mike

I had never tried Japanese whiskey before; Master of Malt led me to Japanese Harmony. Thank you!! It's, without doubt, one of the tastiest, most memorable whiskeys I've ever had the privilege to savour!

8th June 2016

Not as good as Hibiki 12

...and a pale shadow of the Hibiki 17 :-(

The nose is promising but the palate and finish is a little unbalanced (dare I say unharmonious?)

Saddens me it's almost impossible to find a bottle of Hibiki 17 or even Hibiki 12 nowadays.

2nd June 2016

Hibiki Japanese Harmony

This is an awesome whiskey!

11th May 2016

This is a great whisky

Super smooth flavour

10th May 2016

Fabulous whiskey

A super smooth flavour very enjoyable light n lovely one of my favourites

12th March 2016

Mmmmm....

...not sure about this one. On the plus side, it has lovely fruit fragrance, with herby and woody notes. It has a pleasant mouth feel but the strongest impression is sweetness, and a little too much of this.

11th March 2016

Very good

Caramel nose. Lots of orange on first taste but less thereafter. Vanilla and floral. Oaky finish. Pleased

26th February 2016

Eager to taste

Based on what I've heard this should be a satisfying whisky

17th February 2016

Interesting!

Nose is mostly plum...I also got white chocolate on the cork. Palate continues to be very fruity, flowery....I did not get orange, but more like apricot. A note I could not place till I read the review that said hibiscus...that's it! A touch of malt. Finish is a bit woody, burnt almost? I see that many have given kinda low ratings....the thing to remember is that this is a blend, not a malt. You rarely see this kind of complexity in a blend. So all good with me, you don't like the flavor profile, that's one thing...doesn't mean the whisky is bad, so long as it does what it sets out to do. However, this is my second Japanese whisky and I'll say this....this is definitely not as good as the Nikka from the barrel!

14th February 2016

Awesome Blend!

Not usually a fan of blended whiskey, but this one set me on my ear!

5th February 2016

Smooth n nice flavour

Super

2nd February 2016

Excellent and Light

Looking at those mediocre reviews I compared Hibiki 17 and Nikka WHISKEY FROM THE BARREL and Light Harmony all Japanese whiskys.
Light Harmony is an excellent light whiskey that can be served to all, even those who try Whiskey for the very first time and women are included.
No one will be turned off.
Many whiskey connoisseurs lost their taste to stinky taste of peat like LAPHROAIG or Smoky Lagavulin.
If you like to try light refreshing whisky without strong aftertaste look no further.

12th January 2016

The Art for money

A good balance between the 12 & the 21 year

9th January 2016

Light, floral notes, but lingering sweetness is overwhelming.

A whisky with an inviting nose, notes of honey, hibiscus, and subtle vanilla. Upon first taste all other senses are overwhelmed by the sweet taste that remains. Some 30 minutes after completing my dram it still feels like I have a lollipop in my mouth. Texture is thin. In all honesty, I expected more.

9th January 2016

Excellent

Simply one of the best

21st December 2015

Floral whisky

Unique. Floral. Certainly not smokey. Is smooth but could give a hangover unlike Scottish Scothches.

25th November 2015

Almost Drinkable

So sweet. Kind of tastes like cough syrup, orange peel and a stale caramel. First sip...ok, this is different. Second sip...not sure if I like this. Third sip...yuck, give me something to rinse my palate and give me some real whiskey so that my taste buds don't sue me for abuse.

This is an embarrassing whiskey for Suntory. I hope that it gets pulled from the shelves soon because it is giving them a bad name.

17th November 2015

So-so at best

Color: Rich and deep in amber character, but clearly contains caramel due to the hue of the whisky: in conjunction with the flavor, which is curiously sweet and does not linger on the tongue, I'm convinced there is caramel coloring in the drink.

Aroma: Fruity with notes of pear and banana, very delicate notes of marshmallow and caramelized sugars; notes of toasted cinnamon and raisin bread, but very subdued. There is an aspect of charcoal but also very subdued and does not present alongside the phenolic notes of the malt, but rather with the more fruity flavor as would be found with a bourbon. Overall, the nose is lacking in pungency and has no truly distinctive notes over many other less expensive Japanese blends.

Taste and texture: Texture is thicker than Ardbeg and coats that glass in a pleasant way, but the taste is forgettable and doesn't linger in the mouth nearly long enough to be pleasurable. The flavors themselves immediately remind me of Nikka From The Barrel (51%) but without the distinction and pungency of Nikka's honey flavor.

Both of Suntory's malts, Hakushu and Yamazaki, present strongly in Japanese Harmony, but their effect is less pleasant than in the 12 Year Old Hibiki: the Hakushu blend, which is exceptionally sweet and has notes of pine and earthy flavors not found in other peated whiskys like Ardbeg or Laphraoig, is overwhelmed by the acidity and acridness of the Yamazaki malt, which tends to be more spicy and possesses the cinnamon characteristics that present in Japanese Harmony. The end result is a whiskey has the potential to be fantastic, but falls short in terms of the potency and longevity of the flavor in the mouth.

Would not recommend; would recommend in its place the Hibiki 12 which has more palatable honey notes, Nikka From The Barrel (51%) which has rounder fruity profiles as well as a more distinct and pleasant fruit notes, or Hakushu 12 which is surprisingly refreshing and has exceptionally balanced flavor profile between sweet and earthy.

24th August 2015

Quite nice

Quite smooth and not peaty. A bit on the floral / fruit side. A touch of burn that goes down with a sip. Absolutely enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it. Other than that it was a bit pricey, I would strongly suggest it to others.

9th August 2015

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