New Japanese Whisky Launches in SA

Toki whisky

Hailing from Japan, The House of Suntory’s new whisky is set to launch in South Africa mid-September 2020. A timeless blend of carefully selected whiskies from the House of Suntory’s globally acclaimed Hakushu, Yamazaki, and Chita Distilleries, Toki is sure to excite whisky lovers this summer.

Toki, meaning ‘time’ in Japanese, respects tradition while inspiring whisky convention to redefine the hierarchy between malt and grain. Modern, simple and boldly Japanese, the design of the bottle brings to life the concept that Toki Whisky ensures a ground-breaking yet timeless product.

Suntory Whiskies are subtle, refined and complex. The new Suntory Whisky Toki joins the noble blend within the House, Hibiki – Japan’s most highly awarded super-premium blended whisky.

Toki whisky

Traditionally crafted in accordance with Suntory’s Art of Blending philosophy, Toki Whisky features the quintessential characteristics of a Suntory blend: exquisite balance, harmony and oneness. Often using Yamazaki malts as a key component, a fresh innovative approach was manifested by the House of Suntory’s Chief Blender, Shinji Fukuyo, when creating Toki.

The blend incorporates two pillars, the singular Hakushu American white oak cask malt whisky – which adds its unique freshness, mellowness and spectacular green apple notes and as an accompaniment, Chita heavy-type grain whisky giving a clean taste with notes of sweetness and vanilla.

The pairing of these seemingly dissimilar but deeply accordant whiskies brings together the old and new sparking a powerful and creative energy in the world of whisky.

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With a signature balance between malt and grain, this unique encounter between Hakushu malt and Chita grain whiskies gives Suntory Whisky Toki its silky taste and vivid character. In giving the blend greater depth and complexity, two Yamazaki malts are included – Yamazaki American white oak cask malt whisky which harmonizes the Hakushu and Chita components, while bringing roundness and reinforcing the sweetness of Chita heavy-type grain whisky with peach and custard aromas. Finally, Yamazaki Spanish oak cask malt whisky adds woody and bittersweet notes to the blend resulting in a well-balanced, subtle sweet-and-spicy finish.

The smoothness of Suntory Whisky Toki allows for exceptional versatility and can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or mixed as a cocktail.

Toki is available in a stylish 750ml bottle at a recommended retail price of R449 from major retailers including Takealot, selected Spar Tops,  and Norman GoodFellows.

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