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Hibiki Japanese Harmony

Overall rating
82.96/100
votes
529
Category
Blend
Bottler
Suntory Whisky (SWh)
Casktype
American White Oak, Sherry & Mizunara Casks
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Bottle code
LR9FRUO17951
Barcode
4901777275652
Added on
30 Mar 2015 5:34 pm by Poseidon76
Colored

Average value

€ 151.38

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529 × member ratings

334 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Hibiki Japanese Harmony

72 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.96 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 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. 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...

  3. 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.

  4. HammerHead scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  5. schlaatz scored this whisky 70 points Member Senior

    The blender did a good job here, balanced, round, a little sharpness reminiscent of Talisker. Det Grain is a bit too dominant for me. There is a little blood orange in the nose with a hint of marzipan. Overall, I like it, deduction is only available for the extreme dryness in the finish and the dominant bitterness.

  6. nallacam scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  7. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 70 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      71 71
    • Finish
      70 70

  8. Thrawn93 scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

  9. matfrl scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  10. robbert88 did not rate this whisky Member 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.

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