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Spirit of the Week

Suntory Whisky Toki
Regularly $44.99, Introductory Price $39.99

Last week I got to try this blend from Suntory. I wasn’t surprised at how good it was but I was blown away when I found out what the cost was. At $44.99 it’s already a great value. You’d be hard pressed to find this quality of whiskey under $40!

The word “toki” represents the connection of time in Japanese, and this new expression embodies how tradition meets innovation to move forward. Suntory Whisky Toki is a blend of selected malt and grain whiskies from the Hakushu, Yamazaki, and Chita distilleries. Unlike their previous blended expressions that focuses on malt from Yamazaki as the key component, this one highlights Hakushu malt aged in American oak and balances that with grain whisky from Chita distillery. The blend is completed by adding single malts from Yamazaki, that have aged in American and Spanish oak.

“While it may seem that our world is suddenly awash in Japanese single malts, the fact is that we’re already in a shortage. Last year, as demand continued to build for its limited stocks, Suntory took the age statement off its Hibiki, suggesting less of the precious older stocks were being used. This year, they’ve introduced Toki, a welcome addition to the portfolio. Whereas Hibiki is a burnished, complex sipper, Suntory’s latest release, Toki, is a light, bright, perky spirit with a surprising punch of flavor—apple, citrus and honey notes backed by a lingering smokiness. It makes an elegant summer whisky served on the rocks, but it also seems destined to usher the return of the whisky highball, which has become the drink of choice in Tokyo these days. It’s very refreshing when made as they do, stirred over rocks in a tall glass, then joined with super-bubbly soda water and a lemon twist.” 2016 Year’s Best, Wine & Spirits Magazine