Blended Japanese Whisky
Hibiki is not only Japan’s most highly awarded blended whisky, but also among the most prestigious whiskies in the world. The name Hibiki means “resonance” and reflects the Suntory philosophy to “live in harmony with people and nature”.
Hibiki is the noble blend of malt and grain whiskies from Suntory’s distilleries. These are delicately blended to unfold a full orchestra of flavours and aromas. The core range includes Hibiki Japanese Harmony, Hibiki 12 Years Old, Hibiki 17 Years Old, Hibiki 21 Years Old, and Hibiki 30 Years Old. Each one is unique, but retain a graceful, elegant character to be savoured. The harmony of Japanese nature and craftsmanship is clear to see, and taste.
The twenty-four seasons of the old Japanese lunar calendar are recollected by Hibiki’s bottle-shape, which has twenty-four facets.
Hibiki’s Master Blender tastes over 300 malt whisky samples a day.
For all of Hibiki’s blended whiskies, malt and grain whiskies are sourced from three distilleries, Yamazaki, Hakushu, and Chita, and are aged in a variety of cask types.
Born on April 3, 1989 to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Suntory Corporation, Hibiki was created to be the face of Suntory blended whisky. Using malts and grains from Yamazaki, Hakushu, and Chita, the reserves from which Hibiki blends can pick and choose are huge. Yamazaki is Japan’s first and oldest malt whisky distillery, established in 1923 by Shinjiro Torii. Hakushu is the single malt Japanese whisky born in Suntory’s mountain forest distillery. Made from water with a rare softness and maturing in a lush, forested microclimate, the Hakushu Distillery is blessed by the region’s ever-changing seasons. Chita, on the other hand, is traditionally used as the “dashi” or broth that enhances Suntory blends. After a long period of experimentation, Chita has achieved a level of complexity and sophistication to allow the grain to take centre stage.
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