Like so many other things, the Japanese have brought blending of the spirit they spell whisky to a new level. If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in Tokyo this weekend (May 25 and 26), let Suntory take you behind the scenes with the Hibiki Art of Blending event.
The producer’s premium Hibiki range is a big reason so many people drink Japanese whisky, Forbes.com’s George Koutsakis explains. That popularity has triggered a shortage, prompting Suntory and rival Nikka to cut whiskies from their lineups.
Blends with benefits
So why not go to the source? At the exhibition in Tokyo’s Roppongi district, visitors can nose 220 glasses poured from the roughly 1.2 million casks in Suntory’s warehouses—plus 10 of the drams that make up the Hibiki expressions.
But wait, there’s more: a 30-minute tasting seminar—10 people at a time only, please—featuring Hibiki’s four main whiskies. Suntory is also showing off some of the line’s most gorgeous bottles, among them many ceramic pieces, Koutsakis notes. And speaking of bottles, you can grab some Hibiki Blender’s Choice and Hibiki Japanese Harmony to go. Not too shabby.🥃