Suntory celebrates its 100th anniversary, and as part of this, releases this exclusive special bottling. The Hakushu 12 Years 100th Anniversary Limited Edition consists of different malt whiskies that have been aged for at least 12 years in different casks. It is fresh with a gently smoky flavor profile and comes from one of the highest distilleries in the world, located amid forests in the Yamanashi Mountains in Japan's Southern Alps .
The Suntory Hakushu 12 Years 100th Anniversary Edition stands out for its golden yellow color and unique flavor that reflects the purity of nature in which the distillery is located. It has an even and crisp balance, is full of vibrancy and freshness and shows notes of sage on the nose with ripe green apple and pineapple. The finish is long with smoky aromas.
Hakushu Distillery was opened in 1973 amidst the forests of Kaikomagatake Mountain in the southern Japanese Alps. Due to its mountain location, it is one of the highest distilleries in the world. The distillery is also one of the largest in the world with its 24 stills, and has an annual capacity of 26 million liters. Due to the different shapes of stills, many different flavors of whiskey are distilled at the Hakushu distillery. The distillery uses extremely pure water filtered through thousands of years of granite rock. The Hakushu distillery is Suntory's second major whiskey distillery, along with the Yamazki distillery.
Aroma: Fresh with top notes of sage, ripe green apple and ripe pineapple.
Taste: Complex smoke with notes of herbs, grapefruit and honey.
Finish: Clear smoke with undertones of fresh green citrus.
Net quantity: 700 ml
Alk.: 43% vol
Dispensing only to persons of legal age
Suntory is one of the five largest spirits producers in the world and Japan's largest whisky producer with a market share of 70 percent. The company was founded in 1899 by Shinjiro Torii and is one of the oldest in the distribution of alcoholic beverages. Originally Suntory was a brewery and distillery, but the business areas have been steadily expanded. Today Suntory produces almost everything from coffee and soft drinks to fine wines, alcopops, beer, ice cream and flowers. The company is based in Osaka. In April 2014, Suntory bought out the spirits giant Beam Inc. for 13.6 billion dollars. Since then, the company has been represented in Germany as Beam Suntory. The Suntory Group includes brands such as Laphroaig, Marker's Mark, Canadian Club, Sauza Tequila and the German winery Robert Weil. However, Suntory is known beyond Japan for its excellent whiskies such as Yamazaki and Hibiki. The Yamazaki Single Malt was launched in 1984 and won the gold medal at the International Spirit Competition (ISC) in Great Britain for the first time in 2003. Since then it has been celebrated as the best-selling Japanese Single Malt. Suntory ISC has already received the coveted "Distiller of the Year" award several times in a row. Nowadays, the company can hardly be saved from prizes for its great whiskies. Suntory also became famous through the film "Lost in Translation" by Sofia Coppola with Bill Murray in the leading role. This is where the famous quote "For relaxing times make it Suntory time!" came from, which Bill Murray had to recite in a commercial for Hibiki 17. Many people claim that this was the beginning of the boom after Japanese whisky.