Shinjiro Torii, the founder of Suntory, is unquestionable pioneer of Japanese whisky. He started career in 1899 and released his first whisky, Shirofuda in April 1929.
The whisky was a big flop and two improved versions, Akafuda and Tokkaku, which followed in the next two years could hardly be called a success. Finally in 1937 the company tailored whisky to the delicate Japanese palate. It’s name Kakubin (square bottle in Japanese) was derived from the unique design of the bottle. Today Kakubin is the best selling Japanese whisky (3.3 million cases sold in 2016) and still going strong. Kakubin Highball (Kakubin mixed with soda) is what most Japanese order as their first drink of the night.
Nose: very fresh, vanilla, butter cookies, breakfast cereals, honey, hints of cinnamon and coconut flakes and delicate floral notes.
Palate: light and sweet, brown sugar, vanilla, honey, sweet cereals, lemon peel, cinnamon, white pepper and touch of oak.
Finish: not too long, with notes of vanilla, cereals, honey and delicate spicy and oaky notes.