The Hibiki website begins its account of ‘the most famous Japanese whisky’ as follows: “Embodying the soul of Japanese craftsmanship, this harmonious blend resounds with calm complexity and “Wa”, oneness.”
Hibiki itself means ‘Resonance’. The website continues: “It speaks to the soul and emotions of the most discerning whisky lover…resonates from nature and all the subtleties found from the twenty-four seasons of the old Japanese lunar calendar.” Indeed, the twenty-four seasons are recollected by Hibiki’s bottle-shape, which has twenty-four facets.
The brand is owned by Suntory, and the first Hibiki blend was released in 1989 to commemorate the company’s 90th anniversary; Hibiki Japanese Harmony appeared in March this year. The constituent malts come from Suntory’s two malt whisky distilleries, Yamazaki and Hakushu, and the grain component from the company’s Chita Distillery.