Hibiki Japanese Harmony New Box Design 2018 Version 43% NV

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Distillery Suntory Distillers
Bottler Suntory Whisky
Serie Japanese Harmony
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Distilled date NV
Bottling date NV
Country Japan
Region Japan
Cask Type American White Oak, Sherry & Mizunara Casks
Cask Number
Alcohol percentage 43
Volume 0,70
Condition In Original Box
Label Perfect
Stock 0

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Unveiling Elegance: Exploring Hibiki Japanese Harmony's New Box Design (2018 Version, 43%)

In the world of fine whisky, few names evoke as much reverence and appreciation as Hibiki Japanese Harmony. Renowned for its impeccable blend of craftsmanship and tradition, Hibiki has consistently set a high standard for Japanese whisky. The release of the new box design in 2018 for the 43% version of Hibiki Japanese Harmony is a testament to the brand's commitment to both aesthetics and the art of whisky-making.

The Artistry of Hibiki Japanese Harmony:

Hibiki Japanese Harmony is a carefully curated blend of malt and grain whiskies from Suntory's three distilleries: Yamazaki, Hakushu, and Chita. The resulting harmony is a symphony of flavors, embodying the delicate balance of nature and craftsmanship. The 43% version, with its slightly higher alcohol content, offers a bolder expression of Hibiki's artistry.

The New Box Design:

The 2018 version of Hibiki Japanese Harmony introduces a stunning new box design that complements the whisky's elegance. The design captures the essence of Japanese aesthetics, seamlessly blending modern sophistication with traditional elements. The box's intricate details serve as a prelude to the sensory journey that awaits within.

1. Minimalistic Elegance:

The outer box embraces a minimalist approach, with clean lines and a subdued color palette. The use of muted earth tones and gold accents pays homage to the natural beauty of Japan, where the whisky's story begins. This minimalistic elegance reflects the Japanese philosophy of "less is more," inviting enthusiasts to appreciate the whisky's essence without distraction.

2. Cherry Blossom Motif:

A standout feature of the new design is the incorporation of the cherry blossom motif—a symbol deeply rooted in Japanese culture. The delicate cherry blossoms, known as sakura, symbolize the transient nature of life and the beauty in fleeting moments. This motif adorns the box, creating a visual narrative that aligns with the temporality of enjoying a fine whisky.

3. Embossed Details:

Upon closer inspection, the box reveals meticulously embossed details that add a tactile dimension to the packaging. The embossing captures the intricate craftsmanship that goes into creating Hibiki Japanese Harmony. It serves as a tactile connection between the consumer and the artistry within the bottle, heightening the anticipation of the tasting experience.


The 2018 version of Hibiki Japanese Harmony, with its new box design and elevated alcohol content, is a celebration of both form and function. From the minimalistic elegance to the cherry blossom motif and embossed details, every element of the packaging contributes to the overall sensory experience. As enthusiasts savor each drop, they are not just tasting whisky; they are partaking in a journey through Japanese artistry and tradition—a journey encapsulated in a bottle of Hibiki Japanese Harmony.

Official tasting note ()

Color: Amber.
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 (Japanse oak).

Words of Whisky (82)

Nose: Fresh and inviting with generous citrus fruits, mainly lemon zest and some yuzu, followed by yellow peaches. Sweet yet gentle floral touches, parma violets, a few drops of honey and cedarwood, but also some quince jelly and leafy notes. Very harmonious indeed.
Taste: Nice viscosity with a touch of mead, ripe apples and sweet pears, but also a good pinch of white pepper, some crème brûlée and coconut shavings. The oak becomes more noticeable with time. Fewer fruits now, instead more along the lines of custard, burnt caramel and meringues.
Finish: Short to medium. Sweet cask influences. The grain whisky elements seem more present.

Skillfully made, this sweet blend should appeal to a broad audience. The Hibiki Japanese Harmony is quality whisky. Stylish. But maybe not with a huge depth of flavour. And, as almost always with Japanese whisky, it doesn't offer much value for money.

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