Hibiki Japanese Harmony Ryusui-Hyakka Limited Edition 2021
Ryusui-Hyakka: (Japanese) "One-Hundred Flowers and Flowing Water"
Suntory are one of the founding fathers of Japanese whisky, established by Shinjirō Torii in 1899 as a wine store in Osaka. The venture was hugely successful, and the company was renamed Kotobukiya in 1921, which built its first distillery three years later, Yamazaki. The distillery produced both malt and grain whiskies which the company blended together, releasing its first Suntory White Label in 1929, the resulting popularity of which saw the firm renamed after it 1963. Expansion in the next decade saw the company move its grain production to a new Chita distillery in 1972, and open a second malt distillery, Hakushu, the following year. Suntory today has a large stake in both the bourbon and Scotch whisky industry, but remains at the forefront of its native whisky market too.
Hibiki is a blend of over ten malts and grains featuring Yamazaki, Hakushu, and Chita all aged in five types of cask. The non-age statement Japanese Harmony was intoriduced in 2015, following the discontinuation of the 12 year old as the entry level to the core range. This limited edition was released in late 2018 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the first Hibiki blend being released in 1989.
As always with Hibiki the bottle always has 24 facets representing the 24 seasons of the Japanese lunar calendar.
This limited-edition design was released in the Autumn of 2021 and celebrates the whiskies floral tasting notes.