The House of Suntory has announced the release of a specially-designed, limited-edition bottle of Hibiki Japanese Harmony. Adorned with painted flowers and flowing ribbons of water, the limited-edition bottle was designed to represent the vital force of Japan’s everchanging twenty-four seasons. It will be available in select global markets including the United States this month.
From its introduction in 1989, the Hibiki bottle is presented with 24 facets. The design symbolizes the 24 hours of a day, as well as the 24 seasons of the year in the traditional Japanese lunar calendar. The 2021 limited edition pays tribute to the Ryusui-Hyakka (One-Hundred Flowers and Flowing Water). The design motif epitomizes the cyclical passage of time, showcasing the blossoms of the Japanese twenty-four seasons juxtaposed with the ever-changing flow of water that connects one passing season to another. The Hibiki bottle celebrates the much-loved blooms, colors and shapes of seasonal flowers that make the Japanese year so special. A deep appreciation for the seasons and a sensitivity for the passage of time accounts for the Japanese culture’s unique sense of harmony with nature. In tune with Suntory’s philosophy, the design bottle series is the next iteration of the brand’s continuous pursuit of harmony.
“The iconic Hibiki bottle has always been a representation of Japanese art and design, as represented by the many limited-edition series over the past ten years,” said Jon Potter, Managing Director of the House of Suntory. “This specially-designed bottle is not only the continuation of this artistic expression, it honors Hibiki and Suntory’s ethos to live in Harmony with nature. In 2021, this philosophy may echo with the world more than ever.”
The Hibiki brand was introduced in 1989. 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. It 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.
On the nose, the Japanese whisky offers aromsa of rose and lychee, along with hints of rosemary, mature woodiness, and sandalwood. The palate delivers a honey-like sweetness, as well as candied orange peel and white chocolate. The finish is described as subtle and tender with a hint of Mizunara (Japanese oak).
Bottled at 43% ABV, Hibiki Japanese Harmony 2021 Limited Edition is available for $125 USD per 750ml bottle.
For more information, head over to Suntory’s official website.