House of Suntory debuts 2021 limited-edition bottle of Hibiki Japanese Harmony

House of Suntory debuts 2021 limited-edition bottle of Hibiki Japanese Harmony

The bottle’s floral design is inspired by the Japanese philosophy of harmony as expressed through the cyclical passage of the seasons

News | 08 Nov 2021

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The House of Suntory, often considered the founding house of Japanese whisky, has announced the release of a specially-designed limited-edition bottle of its Hibiki Japanese Harmony blended whisky (43% ABV). Adorned with painted flowers and streams of flowing water, this bottle was designed to represent Japan’s 24 sekki, or ‘seasonal phases’.

Indeed, since its introduction in 1989, the Hibiki bottle has been conceptualised around the number 24, with the design symbolising the 24 hours in a day, as well as the 24 seasons of the year in the traditional Japanese lunar calendar. The 2021 limited-edition bottle’s theme is Ryusui-Hyakka, meaning ‘One-Hundred Flowers and Flowing Water’.

Jon Potter, managing director of the House of Suntory, commented, “The iconic Hibiki bottle has always been a representation of Japanese art and design, as represented by the many limited-edition series over the past ten years. This specially designed bottle is not only the continuation of this artistic expression, it honours Hibiki and Suntory’s ethos to live in harmony with nature. In 2021, this philosophy may [resonate] with the world more than ever.”

Introduced in 2015, Hibiki Japanese Harmony blends a selection of malt and grain whiskies from the House of Suntory Whisky’s Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita distilleries. This limited-edition bottling, described as possessing notes from lyche and rosemary to orange peel and white chocolate, will be available to purchase from Master of Malt and The Whisky Exchange (RRP £134).
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