First steps into mighty whiskey world have been taken, thanks to my significant other.
Luckily first whiskey is Japanese origin, country and culture very close to mine. There are many great articles, blogs and vlogs about this great product. Here’s a list you should definitely look in:
Horst Leuning, the one and only master whiskey taster and blogger!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hibiki (whisky) – General info
Hibiki Harmony truly expresses ”light complexity” and is the ‘gateway whiskey’, no doubt about it.
Here’s really funny 2 connoisseur guys called Whisk(e)y Vault.
So here is my Hibiki Harmony description using WSET Level 4 SAT
Appearance: Clear / pale-golden intensity
Nose: Clean / medium intensity, nose offers elegant floral combination, hints of candied orange peel, hints of honey and beeswax. Touch of fudge-,caramel-like sweetness.
Palate: Dry / warming alcohol / medium body / medium intensity. Flavour characteristics are dominated by spicy oak, cinnamon, thyme, orange and some kind of pepper..
Flavor intensity is medium, with long finish.
Conclusion: Good quality. Has balance, long finish. Lacking a bit of complexity and intensity. Oak use is well integrated and lifting some spice up at the end. In general nice fruity and subtle spicy character. Soft, smooth and round.
All the labels are unique made from very special Echizen paper -> http://www.echizenwashi.jp/english/aboutus/history.html
It seems that Amazon provides best price for it – £54.99
Whiskey Exchange – £65.55
Master of Malt – £65.420