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Suntory beams more light on year-end

Suntory beams more light on year-en

For anyone travelling via Delhi airport anytime soon, Beam Suntory has unveiled its range of exclusive and luxurious spirits to the India market for the first time. These high-end premium range are one of the most-sought after rare whiskies in the world.

The Yamazaki 55-YO is a blend of precious single malts distilled in 1960 under the supervision of Suntory’s founder, Shinjiro Torii, and then aged in Mizunara casks. In 1964 under Suntory’s Second Master Blender, Keizo Saji, it was aged in white oak casks.

The House of Suntory’s oldest release in its history, it is a limited edition release with 100 bottles (Japan, 2020), and now an additional 100 bottles.

Hibiki 21-YO blended whiskey represents a perfect harmony of numerous malt and grain whiskies aged over 21 years. It celebrates an unrivalled art of blending, fine craftsmanship and luxury making.

It is not only Japan’s most highly awarded blended whiskey, but among the most prestigious and honoured whiskies in the world. Hibiki means ‘harmony’ in Japanese.

The Bowmore Timeless 31-YO is a masterpiece crafted and shaped by time with an unwavering attention to detail. The single malt was matured in ex-Bourbon casks for 29 years and finished for 2 years in Spanish oak Matusalem Sherry-seasoned butts.

With Bowmore Timeless Series, the key is the careful selection of the right casks at the right time, making it one of the most sophisticated and coveted single malts. It was created exclusive to global travel retail (GTR) and is limited to just 3,000 bottles in the world.

The Bowmore x Aston Martin is the perfect example of how Bowmore is creating its mark in premiumisation of its GTR portfolio is its recent partnership with automobile maker, Aston Martin.

Bowmore’s existing 10-, 15- and 18-YO whiskies, one of the most sought-after single malts in the world, feature designs created by Aston Martin, which is a striking concept bringing together an iconic whisky and a legendary car in a bottle.

This exclusive collection brings together Bowmore’s exceptional whisky making credentials with the design talent of one of the world’s foremost luxury automotive marques, to create new concepts celebrating the synergies and shared passions of these two distinguished brands.

For the rest of us celebrating back home with a fine pairing with dry fruits in silver bowls, Beam Suntory’s diverse portfolio also includes India’s first international blended whiskey, Oaksmith Gold to Teacher’s 50 and its recently launched Japanese blended whiskey, Toki.

Oaksmith Gold is a fine balance of smokiness, sweetness and smoothness all put together with world class Japanese precision. Created by master blender Shinji Fukuyo, with his experience of more than 30 years of creating some of the world’s most awarded whiskies, the name – Oaksmith is a tribute to this craftsmanship, and the fine oak casks the whiskies were aged in.

Oaksmith is available across Telangana, Maharashtra, Karnataka, West Bengal, Karnataka, Chandigarh, Goa, Assam, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh and ranges from Rs 630 to Rs 2,000 for a 750-ml bottle.

Teacher’s 50, created in celebration of India’s 50 years of Independence, is a premium Scotch blend of 50% malt, 50% grain whisky, and is made from 50 Scotch whiskies.

Rich and full on the nose with sherry, malt and oranges, plus a hint of peat, it is a beautiful balance of bold smokiness and refined smoothness.

Teacher’s 50 is available across Chandigarh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Telangana, Delhi, Goa, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka and ranges from Rs 1,800 to Rs 4,000 for a 750-ml bottle.

For Whiskey Toki, Suntory’s fourth Chief Blender, Shinji Fukuyo, brought the grain component of the blend from Chita distillery, where the heavy-type grain whiskey is distilled only twice on column stills, and is sweet and vanilla-rich in its unblended state.

He sourced the malt component from the Hakushu distillery, which produces light, fruity malt similar to many Speyside distilleries. These seemingly dissimilar but deeply accordant whiskies, together with select Yamazaki malts for additional depth and complexity, gave rise to the exquisite, silky taste, distinctive character and bold innovation of the blended Suntory Whiskey Toki.

It is available in Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Assam, West Bengal, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Goa, Chandigarh, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh and ranges from Rs 3,200 to Rs 6,845.

Jim Beam, the world’s most loved Bourbon, re-launched Jim Beam Black in a brand-new avatar. The full-bodied Bourbon is extra-aged and more premium with an enhanced level of elegance and refinement that is meant to be sipped and savoured.

The 86-proof Bourbon spends years longer in American white oak barrels than the original Jim Beam, offering the spirit its full-bodied flavour with notes of warm oak and smooth caramel. It is available in a new contemporary looking bottle in Haryana, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Delhi, Goa, Chandigarh, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu and is priced between Rs 2,400 and Rs 5,000.

Bowmore 12-YO single malt is crafted to perfection in the legendary Islay distillery’s warehouse. It is a delicate blend of citrus notes and mellow honey, teasing the brand’s trademark peat smoke notes all the way.

The culmination of this symphony of flavours leads to a titillating experience of the senses. The 12-YO Islay single malt Scotch has been awarded a Gold at San Francisco World Spirits Competition (2018) and International Spirits Challenge (2017).

It is available across Chandigarh, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andaman, Maharashtra, Goa, Assam, Sikkim and West Bengal, and ranges from Rs 3,200 to Rs 7,600 for a 700-ml bottle.