Popular Japanese Whisky Gets Limited Edition Variant Finished in Sakura Wood Casks
Japanese whisky producer House of Suntory will release a limited-edition bottling of Hibiki Harmony Japanese whisky that was finished in sakura wood casks, according to The Spirits Business.
Hibiki Blossom Harmony was designed to “celebrate the sakura blossom season in spring in Japan,” according to The Spirits Business. Bottled at 86 proof, the new expression is set to launch Oct. 18 in the U.S., the U.K., Australia, Germany, France, Spain, Austria, the United Arab Emirates, the Netherlands, Italy, Turkey, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam. It sells for a suggested retail price of £175 ($198), according to The Spirits Business. However, online retailers are already listing it for much higher than that price, with Dekanta listing it for $699.99 and Cask Cartel for $2,199.99.
“I have been mesmerised by the sakura cask for the last five years now due to its symbolism, but also because of its distinctive, subtly floral and spicy aroma and flavour notes,” Shinji Fukuyo, fifth-generation chief blender, said, according to The Spirits Business. “There have been many experiments with malt and grain whisky components, and we found that there was a special alchemy between the grain whiskies and the sakura cask. It is this special relationship – harmony – that inspired me to create this blend.”
Suntory first launched Hibiki Blossom Harmony in 2021.
In 2014, Suntory acquired American whiskey producer Beam, forming Beam Suntory.
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