Friday Find: Shomyo – Hibiki Whisky Cocktail

At the recent introduction event for Hibiki Japanese Harmony Whisky we were shown the versatility of the Hibiki Whisky in a couple of super cocktails.

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Hibiki Harmony Hi-Ball

The Hibiki Harmony Hi-Ball showed the simplicity of Hibiki Whisky and Soda with a twist, a perfectly refreshing after-work cocktail. Warm, tart and tangy.

The star cocktail of the evening was created by mixologist Lauren Mote of Bittered Sling.   Served in a clay teapot the warm whisky cocktail, The Shomyo was a revelation.  A satisfying, sweet sip on its own the warm nectar-like silkiness also paired nicely with desserts.
Inspired by the study of voices chanting together, using 5 notes per octave; this creates the harmony.  Each ingredient represents a different octave in the Yo Scale, to create the Shomyo (Japanese Buddhist Chanting).  The award-winning Mote was kind enough to share her recipe.

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Dessert and The Shomyo

The Shomyo 

2.00 oz Hibiki Harmony Japanese Whisky  
2.00 oz Fermented Gioshi Cha Japanese Tea
0.75 oz Local Plum + Coconut Cordial
0.25 oz Filtered Lime Juice (please ensure this is well strained, with no flecks of lime segments/debris) 
2 dashes Bittered Sling Denman Bitters
Place all ingredients in a clay kettle, and slowly heat to a low simmer (140F-160F). Remove from the heat, and pour into prepared cups. Garnish with thinly sliced lime wheel (use a meat slicer, should be the thinnest you can get it). 
It was kind of Lauren Mote to share her recipe and now we can all try our hand at creating the unique hot cocktail.

Friday Find – Hibiki Japanese Harmony Whisky

Art of Japanese Whisky LogoThis week I had the privilege of being introduced to Hibiki Japanese Harmony Whisky at an event at Miku Restaurant. From the master blenders of the House of Suntory, Hibiki Japanese Harmony was initially developed to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the revered Whisky makers, and is now available in Canada.

Hibiki Japanese Harmony (2)Hibiki Japanese Harmony is inspired by the 24 seasons of Japan’s old calendar.  Carrying on the legacy of founder, Shinjiro Torii, the blend of the finest whiskies from the House of Suntory is a delicate combination of at least 10 malt and grain whiskies, aged in five different types of casks, from Suntory’s Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita distilleries. 

Beam Suntory Japanese Whisky Brand Ambassador, Johnnie Mundell, himself with a family history in whisky, lent his vast knowledge and enthusiasm to help educate us on the amber nectar. Being able to taste some of the individual Whisky components and learn about the Japanese distilleries themselves was a treat and built the anticipation of the final sip of Hibiki Japanese Harmony.

The complexity of flavours makes Hibiki Japanese Harmony very versatile, working well in a highball, cocktail or neat over ice.

Hibiki Japanese Harmony Whisky Original Blend, 17 year old and 21 Year old is now in limited availability in BC, Alberta and Ontario Liquor Stores, approximately $100/750ml bottle, with more stock arriving as soon as possible.  Perfect for the holiday entertaining season!

Raise The Macallan

Monday evening, The Macallan Single Malt held a tasting at The Electric Owl in Vancouver’s East Side. Guests were welcomed with a glass of The Macallan 10, served neat, on the rocks or in a cocktail with Fentiman’s Ginger Beer, a very tasty option that I’m glad to have choosen.

Sitting down in the main room, before 4 tasting glasses, we were introduced to Dan Volway, Brand Ambassador for The Macallan in Vancouver. Mr Volway gave the audience some history on scotch in general before highlighting the details of The Macallan’s story and its partnerships. Like their association with Lalique Crystal, the partnership produced the world’s most valuable bottle of scotch, in celebration of 150th anniversary of Rene Lalique’s birth. The Macallan 64 year in a one-of-a-kind crystal decanter was put up for auction in late 2010, resulting in a record sale of $460,000. The proceeds were donated to, The Macallan’s preferred charity, Charity:Water

Based in Speyside, Scotland, The Macallan has access to the clear waters of the River Spey and its own estate grown barley but the most important and unique part of their distilling process is the wood they use in the barrels to age the spirit.

The Macallan Sherry Oak 12 and 18 year old are aged exclusively in sherry oak barrels from Spain, which lend their flavour to the whiskey than usual American Bourbon oak barrels. Both of these single malts evoke a woodsy, rich fruity flavour with a hint of chocolate.
The Fine Oak 10 and 15 year Whiskeys are aged in a mix of bourbon and sherry barrels, which give a different taste and scent. A tart, dried fruit and a deeper taste pour through all parts of your mouth with a warm scent of a Scandinavian sauna.

No matter which is your preferred aged single malt or if you’d rather a blended scotch seek out The Macallan.