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Hibiki Japanese Harmony

Overall rating
83.31/100
votes
708
Whiskybase ID
WB66259
Category
Blend
Bottler
Suntory Whisky (SWh)
Casktype
American White Oak, Sherry & Mizunara Casks
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Barcode
4901777275652
Added on
30 Mar 2015 5:34 pm by Poseidon76

Average value

€ 166.65

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708 × member ratings

3073 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Hibiki Japanese Harmony

87 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.31 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 83 points Super Administrator

    If you define harmony as 'pleasing combination of parts in a whole', then Suntory has found the perfect name for this Japanese NAS blend. On the nose, Hibiki combines sandalwood, fresh fruits and coconut candies with floral vanilla, burned toast and hints of sawdust. Tastewise, it's not easy to spot individual notes. Honey sweetness, orange zest and perhaps some bitter green tea? The finish is subtle, creamy and with a spicy touch of Mizunara oak. Quite harmonious and enjoyable indeed - but also an expensive reminder that harmony is not very exciting.

    RATING: 3.5/5.0 stars ≙ 83 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  2. maxi_vor95 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  3. robbert88 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The whiskey has a dark golden color and has 43% alcohol.

    Together with my brother I dissected this whiskey.

    On the nose we had scents of wood, pepper, tropical fruit, dried fruit, earthy, soft tobacco, chocolate and hay.

    The palette has more orange, floral, wood, vanilla, and a little pepper.

    The aftertaste is dry and woody with some pepper.

  4. Docmacwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Jim Murray has awarded 93 points to the Hibiki Japanese Harmony. SWSC Double Gold 2016, ISC Gold 2017, ISC Silver 2018. Pure matter of taste...

  5. The_Independent scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion: A pleasing, harmonious whiskey with strong, sweet aromas, but not very complex.

    - blind tasting -
    • Nose
      85 85
      The alcohol is clearly present, but not spicy or biting. Sweet butter cake, caramel and fudge dominate the smell. There are still some sweet dried fruit with baked. There is also a slight spice in the background. With some time in the glass and after the first sip, you can also find slight citrus notes - the lemon icing on the cake.
    • Taste
      83 83
      The alcohol is clear and tingling something, yet the whiskey seems a bit "watered down" on me. He could have tolerated 2-3% more. First, I taste a lot of sweetness - there's the butter cake with the raisins again. Then he gradually gets a bit bitter, some wood and dark chocolate are to taste. The mouthfeel is now pretty creamy.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium long and characterized by the creamy dark chocolate.

  6. HammerHead scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  7. The_Osprey scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Hibiki Japanese Harmony Blended Whisky 43%.

    Golden orange.

    Aroma is intense concentrated tropical fruit, fruited fudge, pineapple-mango set in nougat, carrot cake with loads of vanilla buttercream. Definitely very Japanese and definitely very ‘wow’. A classy and premium nose. Great start.

    Taste is far more muddled, some bitter oak, has a deep vanilla fudge flavour throughout, warming white pepper finish. The pepperiness is discordant - not sure if it's peat or barrel char but I do think the whisky would be better without it. Just a bit too woody. A real shame as the aroma is great.

    Ultimately taste is the key thing for me when it comes to the overall impression and wow factor of a whisky. The nose on this is great but the taste here is just not that cohesive unfortunately...ironically 3.3/79

  8. Sir MaHei scored this whisky 75 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      72 72

  9. Igitor scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. dapoinbua scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

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