Hibiki Japanese Harmony Suntory Whisky, 70cl

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Hibiki Japanese Harmony Suntory Whisky, 70cl

Hibiki Japanese Harmony Suntory Whisky, 70cl

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BUY HERE Aldi Kyasuku Japanese Whisky, 40% Kaiyo Mizunara Oak Peated, 46% Kaiyo Mizunara Oak Peated, 46% Japanese whisky tends to be a bit more expensive than whisky from elsewhere in the world, so finding a bottle on a budget isn’t easy. Nikka Days is a good choice if you want to try out a Japanese whisky without breaking the bank, with its bright and cheerful character typical of the country’s output. If you want to get your hands on an archetypical Japanese blended whisky then Suntory’s Hibiki is well worth investigating. It contains whisky from three of Suntory’s distilleries – malt from Yamazaki and Hakushu, and grain whisky from Chita. Hibiki 21 Wins World's Best Blended Whisky award". Whisky Magazine. Archived from the original on May 12, 2013 . Retrieved May 10, 2013. Whatever mysterious magic this sea adventure conjures up seems to work a treat in their lightly peated whisky, where delicate, sweet vanilla and soft smoke merge with zesty citrus flavours and a honeyed sweetness. There are also fresh touches of berries and a dry oak that seems to catch the flow of the smoke like incense and drift with a dusty dryness that lingers for an age. A deliciously unique peated whisky.

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It has a range of characteristics you would associate with more expensive Japanese blends, including a floral bouquet, citrus juiciness, ginger and vanilla spice, along with some oak and almond depth. It’s a perfectly decent drop and distinctively Japanese. BUY HERE Nikka Days 40% Suntory, The Yamakazi Distiller’s Reserve, 43% Suntory, The Yamakazi Distiller’s Reserve, 43%

BUY HERE Suntory, The Yamakazi Distiller’s Reserve, 43% Aldi Kyasuku Japanese Whisky, 40% Aldi Kyasuku Japanese Whisky, 40% In Japanese whisky, “single grain” often (but not always) refers to the fact that the whisky is made from rice instead of barley. There are some who view this as essentially high-proof aged shochu (see the intro to this article), but there is often much more to this style of whisky than that. Teitessa is relatively new on the scene, and is made at the Fuji Takasago Distillery, also a sake brewery. A Sato still is used for distillation, which according to the brand is a column still shaped like a beehive on the inside that allows for better selection of the head and heart of the spirit. There are various expressions to choose from with an age range that rivals some of the best known scotch brands out there. The 15 and 25 are aged in American white oak barrels; the 20, 27, and 30 are aged in a trio of Spanish, American, and French oak. True, these don’t taste like Japanese single malts, but that’s because they are not–they are, however, interesting and refined sipping whiskies that shouldn’t be dismissed by single malt purists. Hibiki was introduced in 1989 by Suntory, originally with expressions having age statements of 17 and 21 years. [5] (In the convention for whisky age statements, the age stated is the age of the youngest whisky in the blend.) A 30-year expression was introduced in 1997, and a 12-year expression was introduced in 2009. [5] Hibiki translates as ‘harmony’ and the blender’s aim is to use those various whiskies to create something harmonious on the palate, and we think it achieves this brilliantly. Spend some time taking in its aroma and you’ll begin to appreciate the various elements coming together, with fruits, spices, floral and woody notes all present.

Blended Japanese Whisky

This distillery is a newcomer in the world of Japanese whisky, having only begun operations in 2016. Akkeshi is located in the far north of Japan on the island of Hokkaido, with a wet, cool climate that is likened to that of Islay in Scotland. This whisky, with a name that translates to “white crane,” is the first single malt release from the distillery, a young (at least three years old) blend of liquid aged in bourbon barrels, sherry butts, red wine casks, and Mizunara oak. It’s a fruity dram with notes of vanilla and spice, and being bottled at 96 proof provides a bit of heat that lingers on the palate as you sip. This is available in fairly limited numbers here in the US, but it’s definitely worth a try if you are a Japanese whisky fan. There are a few other expressions from the distillery to try as well, including the New Born “Foundations 4” blend matured in sherry and other types of casks, and the lightly-eated Usui blend.

a b c d "Hibiki Japanese Harmony Blended Whisky". Beverage Dynamics. August 11, 2015 . Retrieved October 7, 2017. Malt whisky aged in American white oak: The brand says this creates a “solid base” of flavor. On its own, this component is brash and oaky on the nose. It opens sweet and light-bodied, with hints of tannin and spice. Those various layers continue to play on the palate, with a drizzle of honey sweeting things up and contrasting nicely with some drier spices and toasted oak that linger at the finish. It’s the perfect introduction to the Japanese blender’s art. Schrieberg, Felipe. "4 Facts You Should Know About The Japanese Whisky Crisis". Forbes . Retrieved 2019-07-17. The answer is firmly, undeniably, YES. When it comes to handing out ‘world’s best whisky’ awards, winner’s certificates regularly make their way to Japanese distillery walls.A new expression called "Japanese Harmony", with no age statement, was introduced in 2015. The new blend was said to use the same malt and grain whiskies used in the first Hibiki blend, being a blend of at least 10 malt and grain whiskies from three distilleries, aged in five different cask types, with some elements aged up to approximately 20 years. [5] [8] Chita grain whisky: The company calls it the “dashi” or “broth” designed to bring everything together. On its own, it is clearly young but aromatically rich with caramel, anise and honey notes. At this price, we’ve been unable to afford a bottle, so we’ll rely on tasting notes from The Whisky Exchange instead, who have the honour of selling the whisky, bottled by Elixir Distilleries, and with the beautiful label artwork produced by their creative director, Raj Chavda. On the nose they describe “Rich dried fruit, sweet leather and mushroomy earthiness”, with a palate of, among other things, “chocolate-covered liquorice… spicy leaves… cinnamon heat… pineapple, mango, apple and pear… hints of tar… and brown sugar sweetness.”

As with most Japanese whisky, price tags tend to be a little on the high side, so finding a top notch single malt on a budget isn’t easy. This bottle from The Yamakazi might be considered pricey for a no age statement release, but it’s considerably less than aged Japanese whisky of a similar quality and, thanks to some of the whisky used coming from mizunara oak casks, it’s very much Japanese in taste. For a truly Japanese tasting whisky, look for a spirit that has been aged in Japanese Oak, known as Mizunara, that produces a taste often compared to coconut. It’s hard to work with, but Japan’s whisky makers have perfected the craft and it is now used by several distilleries. Get the latest intel on which bottles of booze are worth your hard-earned cash. Join Esquire Select. Mizunara cask malt whisky: Another “dressing” component, this is the oldest whisky in the blend, aged 12 to 15 years in Japanese Mizunara casks and providing a “Japanese character” to the whisky. On the nose, it’s slightly vegetal with soft spices. On the palate, it is medium- to heavy-bodied and chewy, with hints of baking spice, toasted coconut and dried herbs.Much like traditional whisky producing nations Scotland, Ireland and America it has built a history that includes celebrated producers, big businesses, cheap imitators and distillery closures, and it has expanded to produce a wide range of styles. Pfanner, Eric (May 15, 2014). "Suntory Still has M&A Thirst". The Wall Street Journal . Retrieved March 1, 2016.

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