Suntory White / 40%/ –
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. The company achieved greater success with their next creation, Suntory White. White was crafted by Masataka Taketsuru, who worked with Shinjiro Torii until 1934. After parting ways with his master, Taketsuru established Dannipokaju Ltd. better known under its current name, Nikka Distilling Company. Suntory White was the first whisky ever seriously marketed in Japan and is still considered as a great choice for classic Japanese whisky highball.
Nose: a little restrained, vanilla, brown sugar, peaches, apricots, apples, hints of ginger and white pepper, and a dash of fresh herbs.
Palate: light, apples, green grapes, grapefruits, honey, vanilla, licorice, white pepper, hints of fennel and thyme.
Finish: medium long, with notes of vanilla, summer fruits, mixed herbs, dash of white pepper, and oak tannins.