Suntory Toki Japanese Whisky is a unique marriage of whiskies from Hakushu and Yamazki distilleries, as well as Chita Distillery, a single grain distillery in Aichi Prefecture on the Pacific coast of Japan. While the majority of Suntory’s blends use malt whisky from Yamazaki as their main ingredient, Chief Blender Shinji Fukuyo wanted to try a new approach for Suntory Toki Japanese Whisky, utilizing Hakushu malt whisky aged in American white oak and Chita heavy-type grain whisky as the blend’s two pillars. Finally, Fukuyo adds both American white oak-aged and Spanish oak-aged malt whisky from Yamazaki, providing the blend with even more flavor and complexity. By pairing these seemingly dissimilar but deeply accordant whiskies, Fukuyo’s insight overturned the old relationship between malt and grain and created a blend that is both groundbreaking and timeless.
This light-bodied whisky is quite easy to sip. Ripe apples, vanilla, pear, walnut, and green tea on the bouquet. The palate takes on chewier flavors of shortbread and marshmallow. A delicate floral quality starts to emerge with a little ice, adding some peach and nectarine with white chocolate and a puff of smoke. Finishes with just a touch of heat and lingering, fruity sweetness.