Suntory Hibiki Japanese Harmony Master's Select

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15100
Yamazaki
Japan
Blended Whisky
43%
0.7 l
Original bottling
Chill filtration - With Artifical colouring - Without
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Nosing
Fruit:
Sweet:
Herbs:
Floral:
Oak:
Vanilla:
Honey:
Orange:
Zitrus:
Peat Smoke:
Caramel:
Peach:
Pineapple:
Plum:
Alcohol:
Sherry:
Spices:
Berries:
Cherry:
Cinnamon:
Heather:
Malt:
Nuts:
Tropical Fruit:
Almonds:
Cake:
Chili:
Coffee:
Dried Fruit:
Grape:
Kiwi:
Mint:
Oil:
Pear:
Pepper:
Raisin:
Herb:
Tasting
Sweet:
Fruit:
Zitrus:
Orange:
Honey:
Oak:
Nuts:
Spices:
Oil:
Vanilla:
Sherry:
Malt:
Herbs:
Chocolate:
Floral:
Pepper:
Plum:
Almonds:
Banana:
Berries:
Coconut:
Green Apple:
Heather:
Lime:
Peat Smoke:
Tropical Fruit:
Wheat:
Finish
Oak:
Sweet:
Nuts:
Chocolate:
Spices:
Oil:
Caramel:
Fruit:
Malt:
Orange:
Peat Smoke:
Sherry:
Zitrus:
Alcohol:
Almonds:
Dark Chocolate:
Herb:
Cinnamon:
Dried Fruit:
Floral:
Honey:
Kiwi:
Peach:
Plum:
Raisin:
Wheat:
Herbs:

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thepeanut
25. Mar 2016
Nosing: sweet smelling, caramel, oak

Taste: mild honey, orange peel

Finish: moderate lasting with a hint of spiciness, oakiness

Comment: Pleasant on the nose, start out sweet and alittle mouth watering for me, sweetness fades alittle and orange peel or citrusy flavor appears. The finish was wonderful, isn't too spicy. Smooth finish. Oakiness appears yet not too overpowering. Overall a pleasant drink. The bottle was a real treat as its unique!
thepeanut
26. Mar 2016
29. Jan 2017
25. Apr 2017
Nosing: Oak Sherry Dried Fruit Vanilla Spices Cinnamon Sweet Caramel Honey Orange Pineapple Tropical Fruit Plum Peach Cherry Kiwi Malt

Taste: Oak Spices Fruit Orange Plum Sweet Chocolate

Finish: Oak Spices Raisin Honey Peat Smoke

Comment: After reading mixed reviews, I was a bit skeptical of this NAS release. The Hibiki 17 was my first experience with Suntory's offering of whiskies, so I was a bit worried that in comparison to the 17 YO, Japanese Harmony was going to be a bit flat for me. This is not the case at all - I snapped out of being concerned with what the naysayers were ranting on about, and looked at it as a Hibiki whisky that has something different to offer.

The fruitiness of this whiskey is what brings it to life for me. A step away from Nikka FTB and the various offerings from Glenfiddich that I am more acquainted with, the fruitiness is not only derived from sherry casks. This does have a real hit of fresh fruits, with hints of fresh pineapple and orange peel in a jar of sugar on the nose, to the welcoming fragrance of peach, and the sharpness and depth of plums and cherries (perhaps this is the umeshu and some of the oakiness at play!). I also picked up a vibrant and bright, fresh smell of kiwi, as well as hints of dried fruit, spice (including cinnamon), and in the background, some malt.

The taste was lovely as well, starting off with oak, cinnamon (think of a mild Big Red chewing gum here), sourness and fruitiness of plums and oranges, and just before it all went down the throat, a hit of white chocolate (mmmmmmm... Cadbury's white chocolate Freddo Frogs!).

The finish was polite and pleasant as well, and a nice, albeit very subtle change from the dominant fruitiness of this whisky. I got oak, spices, followed by a not-too-lengthy hint of raisins and smoke... but the smoke sticks around for a little while longer, without feeling like you've just puffed down a fat Cuban.

Kudos to Suntory for still offering something that can be otherwise described as an interesting introduction to the Hibiki line, and a very polite welcome into the world of Japanese whisky for the newcomers! I can drink Nikka FTB like a cup of tea, and coming from a 51.4% ABV offering, Hibiki Japanese Harmony was not boring for me at all! This whisky was engineered to be "boring", and I mean that in a good way. Not all whiskies have to be wild, or have an age statement, to behold a unique quality about them!

Readers note, YOUR MILEAGE MAY VARY, but this dram gets two thumbs up from me!

Also, the notes in this entry is for the Master's Select version.

The notes for the standard Japanese Harmony is as follows...

Nose: Rose, lychee, hint of rosemary, mature woodiness/sandal wood

Palate: Honey like sweetness, candied orange peel, white chocolate

Finish: Subtle and tender long finish, hint of Mizunara (Japanese oak)

Kampai! *raises Glencairn*
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25. Feb 2016
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