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Hibiki Japanese Harmony

Overall rating
82.54/100
votes
377
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 5:21 pm by Poseidon76
Colored

Average value

€ 133,91

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377 × member ratings

1333 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Hibiki Japanese Harmony

59 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.54 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 83 points 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 fresh fruits, sandalwood 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. The_Independent scored this whisky 83 points Member 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.

  3. HammerHead scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  4. Christian Wagner scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. ctu scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Pleasant japanese blend.
    • Nose
      Floral. Caramel, citruses, spicy oak and honey.
    • Taste
      Oily. Sweet fruits, raisin, citruses, cocoa, caramel and spicy oak.
    • Finish
      Medium length, spicy, bittersweet.

  6. Davidveen scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  7. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Nose: lemon, vanilla, slightly astringent, a slight acidity not bad. On the palate: vanilla, still lemon. It is soft. Finale correct with candied lemon.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  8. 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...

  9. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Good drinkable blend, which does not make me nervous now. It's more of a side note.
    • Nose
      The name actually fits quite well. Is a rather pleasing nose. Not very spectacular but pleasant. Orange blossom honey. Some marshmallows. Then pretty floral. Flower meadow. Something juniper. But again and again a stitch oak, which brings some tension into the matter.
    • Taste
      Pretty sweet in the mouth. Toffees. White tea with neat candy sugar. Physalis. Well, orange juice. Some coconut. Not as floral as on the nose. And then again the wood, which makes it drier and prickles something on the tongue.
    • Finish
      Orange peel. Cocoa. Oak.

  10. pianoman scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Light, flowery, sweetish. Mild honey, some marzipan, rose petals, light wood. A touch of vanilla.
    • Taste
      Soft, slightly oily. Butter biscuits, a trace of honey. Yellow apples, lavender, a touch of soap.

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