Suntory Whisky: Expressing Japan’s Innovation and Tradition
Written by Emma C | Updated June 2023
As a family-owned business from Japan’s Osaka region in 1899, Suntory Whisky is a pioneer in Japanese whisky-making and distribution, such as with its 1923 creation of the first Japanese whisky distillery, Yamazaki. Celebrating both tradition and innovation, Suntory has mastered the art of making whisky and other premium spirits, capturing the essence of Japan's rich culture and captivating landscapes.
The company has enjoyed huge global growth across six continents, multiple awards, and over $20 billion in 2022 revenue. Its team of 40,000+ worldwide is driven by a mission to “create harmony with people and nature”, allowing the international brand to stand out through global tastes and fine Japanese artisanship. Each bottle tells a story, transporting you to the misty mountains, lush green forests, and ancient shrines of Japan. Check out our favorite bottles, below.
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Suntory Whisky Toki
This premium spirit blends carefully selected whiskies from the House of Suntory’s globally acclaimed Hakushu, Yamazaki, and Chita distilleries. The whisky is well-balanced and harmonious, challenging whisky convention and creating a groundbreaking, timeless blend.
Region: Japan | Tasting notes Bitter herbs, toasted almonds and vanilla | Abv 43%
Yamazaki 12 Year Old
This single malt is Suntory's flagship and comes from Japan’s first and oldest malt distillery. The 12 Year offers aromas of prune, cherry, honey, grain, oak, orange, apricot, grape, vanilla, and cinnamon, along with similar flavors plus honey, cocoa, starfruit, biscuit, and clove.
Region: Japan | Tasting notes caramel, sweet orange and cinnamon toast | ABV 43%
Hakushu 18 Years Old
This single malt comes from Suntory’s mountain forest distillery, nestled deep in Mt. Kaikomagatake. It’s a crisp and slightly smoky whisky with aromas of peat, mint, cinnamon, vanilla, fruit, grass, and nuts. You’ll taste spicy along with caramel and nutty flavors.
Region: Japan | Tasting notes Patisserie sweet, baked goods and baked goodness! | ABV 43%
Hakushu 12 Years Old
The ingredients in Hakushu 12 Year come straight from the untouched forests, mountains, and pure waters of the Southern Japanese Alps. So, it’s no wonder that Hakushu is a green and fresh whisky, praised by the most curious whisky connoisseurs and lovers of gastronomy. Its crisp and vibrant feel, unique in a single malt, enlivens and liberates your senses.
Region Japan | Tasting notes herbaceous and grassy, with a waft of smoke | ABV 43%
Hibiki Harmony Blossom 2022 Edition
Launched in 1989 to commemorate Suntory’s 60th anniversary, Hibiki (meaning “resonance”) embodies the brand’s philosophy to live in harmony with nature and people. The 2022 edition blends different sakes aged for over four seasons and offers a floral aroma, harmonious flavor, and sweet, rich aftertaste.
Region Japan | Tasting notes orange peel, floral honey , spice | ABV 43%
Hibiki Japanese Harmony
This whisky encapsulates the harmony between Japanese nature and people with its blend of 10+ malt and grain whiskies, aged in five types of casks. This luminous, amber-colored whisky offers aromas of rose, lychee, rosemary, woodiness, and sandalwood with a honey sweetness, and candied orange peel and white chocolate on the palate. Each complex yet delicate sip finishes subtly, tender, and long, with a lingering hint of Japanese oak.
Region Japan | Tasting notes Melted butter and caramelised dates | ABV 43%
Yamazaki 18 Year
Hailing from the country’s first and oldest malt distillery, Yamazaki whisky is Suntory's flagship single malt. The 18 Year gives wonderful aromas of various fruits, honey, floral and grassy notes, grain, vanilla, fennel, mint, and oak char. You’ll get similar flavors on the palate along with cinnamon and dark chocolate.
Region Japan | Tasting notes heather roots, cigar leaves, honey | ABV 43%
Haku Japanese Vodka
Haku Vodka represents Suntory’s philosophy of craftsmanship, meticulous attention to detail, and commitment to quality. Haku means both “white” – like the Japanese white rice used in production – and “brilliant” – a tribute to mastering this quality, craft vodka, with its clean, soft, and smooth profile and sweet rice flavor.
Region: Japan | Tasting notes natural sweetness and complex flavor of rice. | ABV 40%
Suntory’s Roku Gin is crafted by Japanese artisans with meticulous attention to detail, offering the perfect balance of flavors. Roku means “six”, and each bottle contains six special botanicals sourced and harvested in Japan during their ideal season for the utmost freshness and flavor. These are then combined with eight traditional gin botanicals for an authentic taste.
Region: Japan | Tasting notes: Earl grey, bitter citrus, juniper | ABV 43%
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