House of Suntory is launching a new whisky that blends carefully selected whiskies from its acclaimed Hakushu Distillery, Yamazaki Distillery and Chita Distillery. It’s called Toki, and it arrives in Australia during February. Toki is said to respect Suntory’s Japanese heritage while challenging whisky conventions.
See, Suntory blends often use Yamazaki malts as their key component, but Suntory’s fourth Chief Blender, Shinji Fukuyo, took a fresh approach. He selected the singular Hakushu American white oak cask malt whisky for its unique freshness, mellowness and spectacular green apple notes. This blends other pillar is the Chita heavy-type grain whisky which adds a clean taste with notes of sweetness and vanilla.
Finally, Yamazaki Spanish oak cask malt whisky adds woody and bittersweet notes to the blend. The result is a vivid, well-balanced and silky blend with a subtle sweet-and-spicy finish. By pairing these seemingly dissimilar but deeply accordant whiskies, Fukuyo’s insight overturned the old relationship between malt and grain. Suntory says the result is a blend that is both “groundbreaking and timeless.”
Colour – clear gold
Nose – basil, green apple, honey
Palate – grapefruit, green grapes, peppermint, thyme
Finish – subtly sweet and spicy finish with a hint of vanilla oak, white pepper and ginger
Suntory Whisky Toki is expected to land in Australia during February 2019. It’s bottled at 43% Alc./Vol. 700ml. You can pick one up for RRP $64.99. The folk over at Suntory went one step further and gave us a Toki Highball recipe. You can find it below.
First, a history lesson. In the 1950s, the highball was a favourite of whisky drinkers in Japan. The Japanese praised this simple, stylish cocktail as a refreshing way to drink whisky. They also loved how well it paired with Japanese cuisine. Since then, Suntory has played an important role in reestablishing the highball as a favourite cocktail for a new generation of whisky drinkers.
1) Fill a tall glass to the brim with ice and add 30ml of Toki whisky.
2) Stir to cool the whisky and glass.
3) Top with chilled soda water.
4) Add a twist of lemon and enjoy.