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The Suntory Company, founded in 1899 in Osaka by Torii Shinjiro, initially sold imported wines. In 1923 construction of the very first Japanese whisky distillery, Yamazaki, commenced. For many years, the company was called Kotobukiya, and was renamed Suntory only in 1963. At present Suntory Holdings owns numerous brands of spirits, beers and soft drinks. As far as the Japanese whisky goes, the major brands belonging to Suntory, or rather its subsidiary, Beam Suntory, include Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki.
Suntory blended whisky was first launched in 1937. At that time it was called simply Suntory Whisky. It has now been replaced by the Hibiki brand. The bottle on offer is a more spicy and dry expression of the blended whisky inspired by the original Suntory blended whisky launched in 1937.
Nose: Light, fruity and spicy, with some nuts, caramel, citrus fruits, cinnamon, nutmeg a bit of aniseed and a touch of sea saltiness.
Palate: Light, with evident grain element, some maltiness, lemon, herbs, warming spice, bubble gum and white pepper.
Finish: Medium length, with loads of spices, pepper and a touch of citrus fruits.