Award-winning Japanese whisky inspired by Japan's 24 seasons
TORONTO, Oct. 21, 2015 /CNW/ - Hibiki Japanese Harmony, the newest Japanese whisky from the highly awarded and famed House of Suntory, will be released in Canada this Fall for the first time. A limited release of this coveted whisky is now available in select Ontario LCBO stores, select Alberta liquor stores, and will be available through the British Columbia LDB beginning November 7th.
Hibiki Japanese Harmony encapsulates the harmony that exists between Japanese nature and its people. Inspired by the riches and subtleties of Japan's 24 seasons and mastered by Suntory's Art of Blending, Hibiki Japanese Harmony is a meticulous blend of the finest select whiskies from the House of Suntory. It is a symphony of at least 10 malt and grain whiskies, aged in five different types of casks, from Suntory's Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita distilleries. This delicate blend creates a oneness, unfolding a full orchestra of flavours and aromas.
"Canadian whisky enthusiasts - and those who have enjoyed Hibiki during their travels in Japan - will be very eager to get a bottle of this special whisky," said Deepti Gurkar, Senior Brand Manager, Japanese Whisky, Beam Suntory Canada. "There is great interest in Japanese whiskies both in Canada and around the world, and with them being so rare in the Canadian marketplace, we expect Hibiki Japanese Harmony will do very well. It offers a truly luxurious and rare whisky experience and we're excited to introduce this product to Canadian consumers."
The Suntory Whisky blending team is led by third and fourth-generation Suntory family members: Master Blender, Shinjiro Torii, who is the great-grandson of Suntory founder Shinjiro Torii; and, fourth-generation Chief Blender, Shinji Fukuyo.
"In philosophy and making, Hibiki Japanese Harmony is the new dawn of Hibiki, optimizing the same key malt and grain whiskies from the original Hibiki blend," said Chief Blender, Shinji Fukuyo. "I envisioned a luminous harmony of flavours and aromas. A pure and simultaneously complex harmony that was at the core of every Hibiki blend."
Hibiki Japanese Harmony is heralded as the foundation of the Hibiki range, leveraging the same key malt and grain whiskies from the original Hibiki blend, Hibiki 17 Years and Hibiki 21 Years. American White Oak malt whiskies create a solid base. The rare Mizunara (Japanese oak) and sherry cask malt whiskies are the dressing. The smoky malt whiskies enact as subtle accents to create depth and further complexity. Grain whiskies from Suntory's Chita distillery act as the "dashi," or broth, to complete the personality of the malt whiskies and enhance their overall harmony.
Hibiki is 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 honoured whiskies in the world.
Hibiki Japanese Harmony is the perfect introduction to the award winning Hibiki portfolio from the House of Suntory Whisky.
Nose: rose, lychee, hint of rosemary, mature woodiness, sandalwood
Palate: honey-like sweetness, candied orange peel, white chocolate
Finish: subtle, tender long finish, with hint of Mizunara (Japanese oak)
Enjoying Hibiki Japanese Harmony:
Hibiki Japanese Harmony is extremely versatile. Whether enjoyed neat, on the rocks or blended with water, the harmony of this blend remains complete. It is a delicately balanced, smooth and subtly sweet blended whisky that enhances any dining experience. Hibiki Harmony is to be enjoyed with a hand-carved ice ball for the ultimate Japanese whisky experience.
Availability in Canada:
A limited 2,000 cases of this coveted whisky are being released in Canada this fall. Hibiki Japanese Harmony is now available in select Ontario LCBO stores, select Alberta liquor stores, and will be available through the British Columbia LDB beginning November 7th. The retail price for Hibiki Japanese Harmony will be approximately $99.95 / 750 mL bottle. Check your local liquor store for up-to-date product availability and pricing.
For more information on Hibiki Japanese Harmony, please visit www.beamsuntory.com
About Beam Suntory Inc.
As the world's third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company's brands, including the flagship Jim Beam bourbon and Yamazaki Japanese whisky, as well as world renown premium brands including Maker's Mark and Knob Creek bourbons, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher's, Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Sauza tequila, Pinnacle vodka, and Midori liqueur. The company generates annual worldwide sales of approximately $4.6 billion excluding excise taxes.
Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and entrepreneurial culture. Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan. For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit www.beamsuntory.com and www.drinksmart.com.
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