Suntory is the oldest whisky producer in Japan; its origins go back to a small shop started in 1899 by Shinjiro Torii.
Originally it sold local plum wine, imported wines and fortified wines. Today the company is the third whisky producer in the world, behind Diageo and Pernod Ricard, and owns and operates distilleries around the globe. In Japan they produce malt whisky in Yamazaki and Hakushu distilleries and grain whisky in Chita distillery (in December 2010 the grain whisky facility was set up on the Hakushu site). The company Japanese blended whisky portfolio is truly impressive and includes everything from budget supermarket blends to quite pricy super-premium expressions. Suntory Zen Pure Malt comprises whiskies of various styles distilled at Yamazaki and Hakushu distilleries.
Nose: restrained, pears, apples, eucalyptus, hits of dried oregano, white pepper, notes of oak and nail polish remover.
Palate: smooth, breakfast cereals, vanilla custard, pepper, nutmeg, roasted peanuts and touch of oak.
Finish: not too long, slightly mineral, with notes of pepper, ginger and oak.