Established at the dawn of the 20th century, Suntory has grown to become a spirits juggernaut not just in Japan but in the global stage. Based in Osaka, the company got its start as a whisky producer and while they now own a massive collection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage brands, their whisky label remains a strong contender in the market by blending traditional Scottish techniques with world-class Japanese craftsmanship and precision.
Crafted by the Hakushu distillery in Yamanashi Prefecture, the Suntory Hakushu 18 year Japanese Whisky serves as one of the brand’s more premium offerings boasting a vibrant flavor profile that works exceptionally well whether it’s enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or as part of a delicious cocktail. Made from peated barley malt, the whisky is distilled using copper pot stills before being let to mature in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks. After 18 years of slowly developing its flavors, the whisky halves are tapped and then married before being diluted with pure water and finally bottled at a healthy 86 proof.
On the nose, this deep gold whiskey yields a pleasing aroma of ripe orchard fruits, zest orange, fresh fruit salad, oregano, dried mint, and faint smokiness, paving the way for smooth and invigorating palate of honey, ripe mango, fresh-baked pastries, dark chocolate, malt jasmine, cut grass, menthol, and peaty smoke before wrapping up with a fairly lengthy finish of bittersweet herbs and more hints of peat smoke.
An intriguing and satisfying sip, the Suntory Hakushu 18 year Japanese Whisky is an excellent gift choice for whisky connoisseurs and lovers of gastronomy alike. So don’t think twice about sending them a bottle as a way to express your appreciation and let them indulge in the one-of-a-kind flavors of this superb Japanese expression today!