Hibiki Japanese Harmony
Hibiki // Japan
Set to release in the summer of 2015, Japanese Harmony is the newest addition to the Hibiki lineup. It's a blended whisky representing a new foray into a younger, NAS expression, while it still utilizing many of the same whiskies from the original Hibiki blend. The largest component by volume is a cask-strength grain whisky from the Chita distillery. Other components include malt whiskies aged in a range of casks, including American white oak, ex-sherry, and Japanese Mizunara, along with a sparingly incorporated smoky, Islay-style whisky touted as the blend's "hidden player".
BlendedComprised of both single malt(s) and single grain(s) often from many different distilleries; if Scotch or Irish must be aged for at least three years in oak barrels; Irish may include single pot still whiskey in the blend.
Cask Typevariety of casks including American oak, Japanese Mizunara, and ex-sherry
"Japanese Harmony has a light, floral nose. There's more complexity there, too, with oak, an herbal background and faint Sherry notes. On the palate, you’ll find that Sherry sweetness shining through, with candied fruits and honey, along with a creamy mouthfeel. The whisky is smooth with no burn on a medium length finish, backed by lasting notes of oak and more honey. This is one that could be enjoyed either neat or on the rocks. "