SUNTORY ADDS HIBIKI 21YO & HIBIKI HARMONY DESIGN BOTTLE TO ITS CENTENNIAL LINEUP
By Siulan Law Mathews DipWSET
Japan’s Suntory has added limited editions of Hibiki 21YO and a bottle design of Hibiki Japanese Harmony to mark the 100th anniversary of Yamazaki distillery’s inception.
The Hibiki 21YO is a combination of malt and grain whiskies that are blended to create the expression.
Hibiki 21YO is bottled at 43 percent abv and will be available in select markets from October at a suggested retail price of USD4,200.
The Hibiki Japanese Harmony bottle design highlights the art of "Monozukuri" craftsmanship, with packaging featuring motifs of snow, moon and flowers representing Japan’s changing seasons.
It is bottled at 43 percent abv at a suggested retail price of USD170 and will also be available in select markets next month.
Chief blender of Suntory, Shinji Fukuyo, said: “For the limited-edition Hibiki 21YO, our team took on the challenge of crafting a new blend to celebrate our centennial.”
One century ago in 1923, Yamazaki’s founder Shinjiro Torii opened the distillery which would become Japan’s first ever malt whisky maker.
Yamazaki’s current owner, the Suntory group which also owns the Hibiki and Hakushu brands, has earlier launched four limited-edition labels to mark the centennial anniversary.
These four are Yamazaki 18YO aged in Mizunara oak casks, Hakushu 18YO Peated Malt, Hakushu 12YO and Yamazaki 12YO.
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