Post by Stefan of Tokyo Whisky Hub.
In the build-up to the Christmas season (and winter-gift time here in Japan), new products are flooding the market from all sides. Nothing special - same old story. Needless to say, the drinks business is not standing idly by. That's old hat, too. But Suntory wouldn't be Suntory if they didn't have something special up their sleeve. And they do. On December 6th, Suntory's flagship store Whisky Shop W. - on the first floor of the Suntory Building in Osaka - is releasing their 4th store-exclusive bottling. The three previous ones were Hakushu and Yamazaki single malts, priced very reasonably, presented in a sexy little 300ml bottle. They were nice enough, but nothing to write home about, to be honest. Basically, they were designed to appeal to people who were curious about whisky, but not ready to buy a full-size bottle. They made for perfectly safe gifts, too: safe for the giver's wallet; equally safe for the receiver's palate. It was the whisky equivalent of that guy or girl everyone liked at your high school - you know who I'm talking about.