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The Finest Drop: The Best Suntory Whiskeys

Whether you’re a real Japanese whisky connoisseur or just a fan of fine glass, there’s a good chance the name Suntory rings a bell. Founded by Shinjiro Torii in 1923, Suntory has become a brand revered among whisky lovers worldwide. As a pioneer in the art of Japanese whisky making, the brand has soared in popularity becoming one of the most well-known Japanese whiskies on the international market.

It’s their creativity and innovation that’s uncovered a flavour unique in the whiskey world. Let’s take a look at their finest drops. Here’s the best Suntory Whiskeys.

Yamazaki 18

Yamazaki is Suntory’s flagship single malt whisky and the No.1 single malt whisky in Japan. Yamazaki 18, is their 18-Year-Old selection from the range, rich with mature autumn fruit mixed with Mizunara (Japanese oak) aromas.

Nose: Raisin, apricot, cafe au lait, and Mizunara

Taste: Blackberry, strawberry and mixed fruits and dark chocolate.

Finish: Long, spicy, and smooth.

Yamazaki 12

As with the whole Yamazaki whiskey range, you can smell the Japanese Oak. The difference with the Yamazaki 12 is the characteristically refined Japanese taste. Ripened fruit and a sweet vanilla fragrance compliment the hidden flavours from the oak cask and the whisky has an aged in sherry flavour.

Nose: Peach, pineapple, grapefruit, clove, candied orange, vanilla, Mizunara

Taste: Coconut, cranberry, butter

Finish: Sweet ginger, cinnamon, long finish

Hibiki 17

Hibiki 17 is Suntory’s 17 years aged whiskey from the Hibiki range. This whiskey is elegant and poised rich in Japanese nature and craftsmanship. A harmonious blend of fruits and woody tones with a sweet finish.

Nose: Peach, apricot, melon, rose, lily, lemon leaf

Taste: Toffee, black cherry, vanilla, and Mizunara

Finish: Sweet, fruity, with lychee aftertaste

Hibiki 21

Another award winner for Santory Whiskey and another in the Hibiki whiskey range. These whiskies are something special and the Hibiki 21 is no different. The Hibiki 21 Year Old won the best-blended whisky in the world at the World Whisky Awards 2017 being described as “Elegant, sweet and complex.” This whisky has a smooth, subtle finish full of dried fruit, orange peel, strawberry jam, and baked apple.

Nose: Cooked fruit, blackberry, ripe banana, caramel

Taste: Sandalwood, honeycomb, dried apricot and Mizunara

Finish: Long, rich with incense aroma

Hibiki 30

Also from the Hibiki range, the Hibiki 30 is a longer-aged, bolder whiskey than its cousin. The extra age gives this whiskey a wiser, more noble feel and the taste is more complete. Of all the Hibiki bottles, this one is the top of the range has won multiple international awards and was named “World’s Best Blended Whisky” at the World Whiskies Award in 2007 and 2008.

Nose: Leather, raisin, prune, sweet chestnut

Taste: Brown sugar, dried fig, apricot jam, cedar and pain d’epices (gingerbread)

Finish: Extremely rich, cinnamon and Mizunara

Hibiki Japanese Harmony Whiskey

The Hibiki Japanese Harmony is a well-balanced Japanese whiskey from the illustrious Hibiki range. Made with malt whiskies from the Yamazaki and Hakushu distilleries it draws from 5 different types of cask. Led by Master Blender Shingo Torii of Suntory Whisky Japanese Harmony is an elegant expression of honey, orange, and a touch of light oak.

Nose: Red berries, green apple and layers of rich honey.

Taste: Melted butter and caramelised dates. A hint of sandalwood and warming oak spice.

Finish: Brown sugar, citrus peels, white grape and black pepper.

Hibiki Japanese Harmony Master’s Select

This is the exclusive limited-edition version of Hibiki Japanese Harmony whiskey. The Hibiki Master’s Select featuring hints of the Yamazaki sherry cask. You’ll notice a harmonious blend of malt and grain whiskies blended together to create full flavours and aromas.

Nose: Citrus blossom, mango and juicy raisins with a touch of vanilla-rich oak.

Taste: Chocolate orange, creamy wood notes, dried apricot and sultanas, cinnamon.

Finish: Plum and ginger. Brown sugar and milk chocolate.

If you’re a whiskey lover and want to learn more, have a look at the finest 20 whiskies of the decade.

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