Celebrating 100 Years of The House of Suntory: A Century of Japanese Whisky Excellence

2023 marks the centennial celebration of The House of Suntory, a name synonymous with the pinnacle of Japanese whisky. Beginning its journey in 1923 with the establishment of the Yamazaki Distillery, Japan’s first and oldest malt distillery, The House of Suntory has truly become an emblem of Japan’s distillation mastery.

To honor this significant milestone, The House of Suntory is set to launch several limited editions this fall. Notably, three of these editions will be available in Belgium, reflecting their meticulous blending techniques and distinct Japanese craftsmanship.

Limited Editions:

  1. Hakushu 18 Year Old Peated Malt Anniversary EditionCelebrating not just the centennial of The House of Suntory but also its own 50th anniversary, the Hakushu Distillery is introducing this limited edition. Crafted from carefully selected malt whiskies aged for at least 18 years, it offers hints of sage, ripe green apple, and ripe pineapple on the nose, evolving into a complex smoky flavor with touches of grapefruit and acacia honey. It’s a masterclass in how peated whisky can be simultaneously robust and elegant.
    • Availability in Belgium: 72 bottles
    • Price: €2,000 – €2,300

  2. Yamazaki 18 Year Old Mizunara Anniversary Edition
    Paying homage to its rich history, The House of Suntory is releasing a limited edition of the iconic 18-year-old single malt, exclusively aged in Mizunara oak casks. This whisky unveils rich aromas of black cherries and ripe peaches, accented by hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. It finishes with lasting notes of clove, sandalwood, and dried coconut.

    • Availability in Belgium: 72 bottles
    • Price: €2,300 – €2,500

  1. Hibiki Japanese Harmony Anniversary Edition
    Though younger compared to its peers, founded in 1989, Hibiki is considered one of the most prestigious whiskies globally. This amber-colored blend exudes aromas of roses, lychees, rosemary, mature wood, and sandalwood. It’s a dance of flavors on the palate, from sweet honey to candied orange zest and white chocolate, ending with a gentle Mizunara touch.

    • Availability in Belgium: 282 bottles
    • Price: €300 – €350

 

A Glimpse into The House of Suntory’s Legacy:
The House of Suntory’s journey began with its founder, Shinjiro Torii, who established the first malt whisky distillery in Yamazaki. This legacy was carried forward by his son, Keizo Saji, who continued the tradition of establishing distilleries like Hakushu.

Through the years, The House of Suntory has remained dedicated to tradition and innovation, rightfully earning accolades such as being crowned ‘Distiller of the Year’ four times at the International Spirits Challenge in London. Their portfolio spans exquisite brands like Yamazaki, Hakushu, Chita, Kakubin, and Hibiki, as well as Roku Gin and Haku Vodka, embodying the spirit and nature of Japan. This year, The House of Suntory celebrates not just its brand’s legacy but its significant contribution to Japan’s beverage culture.

 

 

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