What has struck me each time I’ve had the pleasure of tasting Hibiki Japanese Harmony whisky is the delicate balance of smoothness and power. They achieved what they set out to do. And if, like many of us, you’ve been wondering where to start your Japanese whisky exploration, or where to dive back in, this is among the best places. Gift it to your pop—especially if he’s a scotch guy—and you’ve got a built-in conversation about the nuanced similarities with the two nations’ signature bottlings.
“Inspired by the riches and subtleties of … 24 seasons of the traditional Japanese lunar calendar,” say the product materials, the juice is all Suntory, blending product from the Yamazaki, Hakushu, and Chita distilleries. “This … creates a oneness unfolding a full orchestra of flavors and aromas.” True enough. The sturdy faceted bottle has 24 cuts to mirror the theme inside.
Suntory started in 1923 when founder Shinjiro Torii built the nation’s first malt whisky distillery, and the operation has expanded to create some of the finest stuff on earth. Get some.