Suntory Unveils Hibiki Blossom Harmony, Whiskey Aged In Sakura Wood

Hibiki Blossom Harmony Japanese Whisky Suntory

Suntory has announced Hibiki Blossom Harmony, a new Whisky bottled in 2021 that has aged sakura wood. The new offering is set to hit shelves May 25.

Blossom Harmony blends Hibiki Whisky with Whisky finished in cherry barrels, making it the first Hibiki to be aged in sakura wood. This limited-edition, rare blend displays aromas reminiscent of the blossoms that grow from the cherry tree, with mellow, harmonious flavors and a lingering yet refreshing finish.

This limited-edition whiskey features metallic red “Blossom Harmony” branding with floral patterns throughout its paper box. “A hundred flowers suitable for a celebration” are drawn on the label. “Glossy red” is used as the accent color to express the beauty of the cherry barrels.

Blossom Harmony is set to go on sale in Japan beginning May 25 for the price of 8,000 yen ($77 USD) per 700ml bottle. 

Back in October, Beam Suntory announced the launch of the “first-ever” world blended Whisky, Suntory World Whisky ‘Ao.’ The new offering is blended using Whisky from distilleries in Japan, Scotland, Ireland, Canada, and the United States. ‘Ao’ means “Blue” in Japanese and the Whisky is named after the oceans that connect the distilleries. The release is exclusive to global travel retail and will be available in 16 markets, where it will retail for $71. It is the first innovative whisky launch in global travel retail since the coronavirus pandemic began.

In other Japanese Whisky news, The Mikuni Japanese Whisky has arrived in the United States. The blended Whisky was introduced on this side of the Pacific by Suzuki-Marketing, a South San Francisco-based wine and spirits importer and marketing company. The Mikuni is a blend of malt Whisky, grain Whisky, and fresh mountain water drawn from 250 meters (821 feet) underground, filtered through porous, volcanic rock, and blended by Master Blender Kenji Wantanabe. The Whisky is then aged three years in Bourbon barrels. The distillery faces Mt. Fuji, and is located in Yamanashi Prefecture, at the foot of Japan’s Southern Alps.