Great discussion on the last post regarding Carignan from Albert Beltran, Robert Gomez, Nathan Pihl, Jenica Flippo, inderpal singh, Jeremy Eubanks, Greg Harrington, Molly Brooks, Robert Stelmachuk, Geoff Labitzke MW and Michael Winterbottom. I didn't expect so much response and that's awesome! So much love for Carignan! Thank you everyone for your input.
This week: Suntory
What labels are produced under this iconic whisky company? What are the top bottlings? Where are they located?
Suntory is the first Japanese Distillery founded in 1923 by Shinjiro Torii. Originally the distillery tried to imitate the Scottish whiskey makers and saw little success.
What labels are produced under this iconic whisky company?
Yamazaki (their first distillery found in 1923, Founded by the original Founder),
Chita(Founded in 1972 by Keizo Saji, Suntory's second Master Blender, always a single grain whisky)
Hakshu (Fonded 1973 by Kezio Saji as his second distillery focusing on single malt whiskey)
Hibiki (Launched in 1989 to celebrate Suntory's 90th anniversary)
Toki (the newest label under the Suntory Whiskey labels)
What are the top bottlings?
Definitely their most expensive
-Yamazaki, 25 year
-Hakushu 25 year
-Hibiki 30 year
Where are they located?
Japan! I think it's called ->Osaka. There is probably a couple locations since they have three distilleries.
If something is inaccurate please comment below. Thanks!
Yes, the main distillery is in Osaka. Then there is the Suntory/Yamazaki distillery in Kyoto and the Suntory/Hakushu which is about 150 miles NE of Tokyo. The Hakushu site is quite special as it is located in an isloated spot inside a high altitude alpine forest.
Quick anecdote about Yamazaki and the growth of Japanese whisky - when I first started in the industry in 2009, I had Yamazaki in my book to sell. It was $25/btl wholesale, and you couldn't GIVE it away to anywhere that wasn't already carrying it (mostly established Japanese restaurants).
Now it's allocated to the high heavens and costs more than many older bottlings of Scotch and Cognac.