Suntory Hibiki Harmony 43% Vol
JAPANESE whisky is delicious. A few years ago Mr Lee and I made a fine day trip to the Suntory Whisky Distillery in the hills above Osaka. The Japanese are very keen to make everyone who visits the expansive factory founded by Mr Suntory exceptionally welcome. An hour-long trip around the factory is followed by a free tasting of any whisky the company produce. Of course Mr Lee and I benefitted from a full afternoon of tastings. We were then lured into the shop where we bought more whisky than is polite in this very gentile society. We were the quintisential Brits abroad. We then went to the whisky library. Any whisky in the world, as long as it was tasted next to the Suntory of choice. For only a few yen, any whisky was available. Suntory wants to prove that its brand can sit against any in the world. It can. The Japanese call the hillside water collected for the wide range of single malts Mother Water. If I had to choose a favourite it would be one of the fresher and lighter newer whisky single malts. The Hibiki range, in particularly the Harmony is delicious – and certainly not too pricey, not even for Mr Lee.