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Hibiki Japanese Harmony

February 5, 2016 Blended Scotch, Drinking No Comments

My buddy picked this up for me at the Duty Free store and I really enjoyed it. It’s floral and has a relatively low ABV, making it perfect to drink neat. I imagine this would go well with butter cookies.

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I like what Dave Broom had to say about this: “It is approachable, gentle, complex, and long, with typical Hibiki fruitiness: strawberry, pineapple, peach, cherry blossom, balanced by delicate oak, and a palate which has a gentle roundness. It’s a master class in blending. It’s also a master class in how great NAS should be.”

LASC: Drinking Chivas with the Master of Scotch Rick Edwards

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At the LA Scotch Club’s recent Scotch and Cigar night in Pasadena, we were pleased to showcase a few incredible Chivas bottles, and hanging out with us, was none other than 2015’s Scotch Whisky Ambassador of the year, Rick Edwards – nice guy; he truly knows his stuff.

In total, we had 6 bottles: Chivas Regal 12 year, Extra, 18 year, 25 year, 21 year Royal Salute Sapphire Flagon, and Oldest and Finest. Paired with cigars and good friends, it was a great evening with little to no tasting notes getting written down.

So here we are, with samples of the 25 year, 21 year Royal Salute, and the Oldest and Finest.

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Having poured and letting them open up, the sweet aromas of amazing have filled the room….

Starting with the Award-winning 25 year old, it is a yummy blend of malt and grain whiskies. It has one of my favorite notes on the nose, marzipan. There is a lot going on as I twirl the glass – citrus, almonds, sweetness. It’s not highly alcoholic which makes prolonged inhalation a joy. In the mouth, it is quite a rich experience. The finish is smooth, though a bit short, but it’s forgivable considering everything else.

Moving to the rarer 21 year old Royal Salute and the discontinued Oldest and Finest, the nose of these whiskies are even better! – lighter and sweeter. The body (rich and creamy) and finish (short) are similar. Skipping to the chase, the Royal Salute is without a doubt the favorite of the bunch. They are both really sweet, with little oak. These are very accessible whiskies, meaning that casual drinkers and newbies would very much appreciate them.