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Hibiki Japanese Harmony

by Oliver Klimek on July 23, 2015


My Tasting Notes:

Colour: Medium gold
Nose: Banana, pineapple, roses, orange blossoms, vanilla.
Palate: A strong peachy grain note, vanilla, mixed fruit cocktail, candied ginger, nutmeg and pepper.
Finish: Long, sweet, fruity and spicy
Overall: Grainy sweetness dominates this blend. The fruity and floral notes are in balance but the spiciness feels very youthful. The nose is much better than the palate.

Rating: 79/100 – Price Tag $$$$$ – Value for your Money $$$$$

Tasted at the official launch event in New York

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Josh July 24, 2015 at 2:09 am

This one intrigues me, although it seems to be a bit pricy for what it is (although that seems to be the case for more and more Japanese whisky these days).


selfbuilt July 28, 2015 at 11:30 pm

Thanks for the review. I presume this must be intended to replace the 12 year old as the entry-level NAS expression for Hibiki? I prefer the 17yr old myself, over the 12yr old (and hear the 30yr old is outstanding). Looking forward to trying more expressions the next time that I am in Japan.


Cigar Inspector September 22, 2015 at 11:15 pm

Expensive, but I loved it, so it was worth it. The spice and sweetness balanced out nicely, and I love the ginger.


selfbuilt October 17, 2015 at 4:59 pm

Finally got to pick up a bottle of Harmony – it has just become locally available here in Ontario, Canada. I think Oliver’s tasting notes are spot on, although I would rate it higher personally. Interestingly, I find a lot of similarity to the higher-end Canadian whisky blends in the Harmony. You get the same sort of grain whisky sweetness, and the classic aged rye whisky “baking spices” of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Fortunately, you get none of the offensive young grain whisky characteristics often found in cheaper Canadian blends. I expect the Harmony will do quite well in this market!


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