Suntory whisky was introduced in April 1929. It was called Shirofuda and wasn’t well received by the Japanese drinkers.
Two improved versions, Akafuda and Tokkaku, which followed in the next two years could hardly be called a success. They were too close to their Scotch counterparts, thus too heavy for the Japanese palate. Finally in 1937 the company launched whisky more suitable for the local clientele. It’s name Kakubin (square bottle in Japanese) was derived from the unique design of the bottle. Kakubin White Label is a lighter and drier version of its sister Yellow Label. It is great with soda in a classic Japanese whisky highball. Today Kakubin is the best selling Japanese whisky brand with 3.3 million cases sold annually.
Nose: fresh and slightly floral with notes of grass and hay, vanilla, caramel, white pepper, touch of ginger, freshly baked bread and oak shavings.
Palate: light and grainy, cinnamon, white pepper, lemon grass, vanilla, caramel, honey and fresh oak.
Finish: not too long, with notes of cereals, dried berries, pepper, mixed spice and oak.