The House of Suntory has announced the release of a specially-designed bottle of Hibiki Japanese Harmony.
Designed to represent both celebration and shared happiness in honor of the 30th anniversary of the Suntory Whisky Hibiki brand, the limited edition bottle will be available widely in the United States at a suggested retail price of $100 (750ml) as of October 1, 2018.
Inspired by Tradition
Inspired by a traditional kimono pattern, the bottle is embellished with the tabane-noshi, a traditional Japanese symbol of celebration that has often adorned precious gifts since ancient times. Several noshi are bundled together to make Hibiki Japanese Harmony’s tabane-noshi design, which is extremely auspicious and symbolizes shared happiness with others.
“Since the brand was first established, Hibiki has been a representation of Japanese art and design,” said Takahiro Itoga, Senior Global Brand Director at Beam Suntory.
“This specially-designed bottle honors that spirit, utilizing traditional Japanese symbols to create a design representing both celebration and shared happiness. The bottle in and of itself is a work of art, making it the perfect gift for the holiday season.”
A Paragon of Japanese Culture
The Hibiki brand was introduced to the world in 1989 and since then has been embraced as the paragon of the Art of Japanese Whisky. It is not only Japan’s most highly awarded blended Whisky, but also among the most prestigious and honored Whiskies in the world.
Introduced in 2015, Hibiki Japanese Harmony is a harmonious blend blessed with the riches of Japanese nature and craftsmanship.
Inspired by the riches and subtleties of Japan’s 24 seasons of the traditional Japanese lunar calendar and mastered by Suntory’s Art of Blending, Hibiki Japanese Harmony is a meticulous blend of the finest selection of malt and grain Whiskies from the House of Suntory Whisky’s Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita distilleries. This delicate blend creates a oneness unfolding a full orchestra of flavors and aromas.
A Complex Profile Flavors
A luminous, delicate expression, it has a transparency that unveils complexity within its amber tones. On the nose there are hints of rose, lychee and a touch of rosemary. Mature woodiness and sandalwood compliment these floral tones. On the palate there persists a honey-like sweetness that gives way to candied orange peel, white chocolate and a subtle, tender long finish, with a hint of Mizunara (Japanese oak).
Suntory was established in 1899 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Since 1923, as the pioneer of Japanese Whisky, Suntory Whisky has been renowned for its House of Master Blenders and for their Art of Blending. The founding father of Japanese Whisky, Shinjiro Torii, built Japan’s first malt Whisky distillery in Yamazaki.
Unique Conditions for Production
Nestled in the outskirts of Kyoto, this region was the birthplace of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony and is known for the purity of its waters. Torii dreamt of creating an authentically Japanese Whisky by choosing a terrain and climate completely different to that of Scotland, thereby cultivating unique conditions for maturation.
As the world’s third-largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits Brands that Stir the World. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands and Suntory Whisky Kakubin, as well as world-renowned premium brands including Knob Creek bourbon, Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese Whiskies, with many more besides.