Wednesday, June 22, 2016


Beam Suntory has announced the official launch of a new Suntory Japanese blended whisky expression, that will be exclusive to the US and Canada.

Suntory Toki (43% ABV) has been blended using constituent whiskies from the House of Suntory’s globally acclaimed Hakushu, Yamazaki, Chita distilleries.

Suntory Toki

This latest release is said to be respectful of its heritage but inspired by reinvention, and challenges whisky convention by rethinking the hierarchy of its components.

Suntory blends often use Yamazaki malts as their key component, but the House of Suntory’s fourth Chief Blender Shinji Fukuyo took a fresh approach with Suntory Whisky Toki, selecting Hakushu American white oak cask malt whisky and Chita heavy-type grain whisky as the blend’s two main component parts.

Traditionally in Suntory blends, grain whiskies have played a supporting role, acting as a broth or dashi to accentuate key malts. But the unrivalled sophistication and wide range of grain whiskies produced at Suntory’s Chita distillery led Shinji Fukuyo to rethink that role.

Hakushu American white oak cask malt whisky, is said to bring a unique freshness and mellowness to the blend, with spectacular green apple notes. Chita heavy-type grain whisky is said to add clean, sweet and balancing vanilla notes to the blend.

To give the blend greater depth and complexity, Fukuyo carefully selected two Yamazaki malts; Yamazaki American white oak, to harmonize the Hakushu and Chita components, and Yamazaki Spanish oak, to add woody and bittersweet notes to the blend.

Suntory Toki, will be available in the US later this month and in Canada next month for a RRP of $39.99.

Posted by Steve Rush