Sun­tory Hibiki Har­mony 43% Vol

The Oban Times - - Leisure - Louise Glen

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.

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