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A Timeless Tribute: The Hibiki 30 Year Old Symphony

A Timeless Tribute: The Hibiki 30 Year Old Symphony
  March 15, 2024

A Timeless Tribute: The Hibiki 30 Year Old Symphony

The Hibiki 30 Year Old Blended Japanese Whisky is a masterpiece in a bottle. Aged for three decades in a harmonious blend of malt and grain whiskies, it boasts a complex symphony of flavors – rich dried fruits, hints of spice, and a smooth, lingering finish. But a spirit this exquisite deserves a cocktail equally extraordinary. Enter the "Hibiki 30 Year Old Symphony," a drink that celebrates the whisky's unique character without overshadowing its brilliance.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Hibiki 30 Year Old Blended Whisky
  • 5 oz Dry Vermouth
  • 2 Dashes Orange Bitters
  • Luxurious Maraschino Cherry (for garnish)

Instructions:

  1. Chill Your Glass: Gently pre-chill a coupe glass by filling it with ice and water for a few minutes. Discard the ice water before starting.
  2. Measure Precisely: Due to the premium nature of the Hibiki 30, precise measurement is key. Use a jigger to ensure accurate proportions.
  3. Stir, Don't Shake: Shaking can bruise the delicate flavors of the whisky. Instead, use a bar spoon to gently stir the ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice for about 30 seconds. This will chill the drink without diluting it excessively.
  4. Strain and Garnish: Strain the chilled mixture into your pre-chilled coupe glass. Express the oils from an orange peel over the drink (hold the peel over the glass and squeeze slightly to release the oils) and discard the peel. Finally, add a luxurious Maraschino cherry for a touch of elegance.

Why These Ingredients?

  • Dry Vermouth: A small amount of dry vermouth adds a touch of dryness and herbal complexity that complements the whisky's richness without overpowering it.
  • Orange Bitters: A dash or two of orange bitters introduces a hint of citrus zest, brightening the drink and enhancing the whisky's subtle fruit notes.
  • Maraschino Cherry: A luxurious Maraschino cherry adds a touch of sweetness and visual appeal without being overly sugary.

Savoring the Symphony

The "Hibiki 30 Year Old Symphony" is a cocktail designed to showcase the whisky, not mask it. Take small sips and appreciate the interplay of flavors. The first sip will greet you with a gentle sweetness from the vermouth and cherry, followed by the rich complexity of the Hibiki 30. The orange bitters add a touch of brightness, while the whisky's smooth finish lingers on the palate.

A Note on Ice:

For the purest experience, consider using a large ice cube instead of crushed ice. This melts slower, minimizing dilution and ensuring your drink stays chilled throughout.

The Hibiki 30 Year Old Blended Whisky is a rare and remarkable spirit. The "Hibiki 30 Year Old Symphony" is a fitting tribute, a cocktail crafted to celebrate its unique character. As you raise a glass, savor the symphony of flavors and appreciate the artistry that went into creating both the whisky and the drink.