Suntory Spirits Limited (Suntory Spirits) has unveiled its first-ever globally blended whisky, Suntory World Whisky ‘Ao’. This new whisky originates from Suntory Group’s own distilleries in five of the world’s most renowned whisky-regions; Japan, the United States, Scotland, Canada and Ireland, and will be available exclusively in Japan.
Suntory Group operates its own distilleries in all five renowned whisky-producing regions leveraging the expertise and collaborative spirit of its Beam Suntory business. Each distillery enjoys its own distinctive climate and origins, producing a unique taste. Suntory World Whisky ‘Ao’ is developed using original elements from these five regions, creating Suntory’s first globally blended whisky.
Fifth generation Suntory chief blender, Shinji Fukuyo, conducted a careful selection process based on Suntory’s globally recognised Monozukuri craftsmanship: a relentless pursuit of perfection, meticulous attention to detail and commitment to quality. Building on its longstanding Japanese whisky history, this innovative, multi-faceted, premium blended whisky showcases Suntory’s craftsmanship.
This new whisky is composed of liquid produced at a diverse range of distilleries creating an array of whiskies through several fermentation techniques, shapes and sizes of pot stills, and by using an assortment of casks. The variety in the production process allows for the abundance of blending opportunities that creates Suntory’s subtle, refined, yet complex taste aiming to deliver new value for our customers.
“We are very excited about the launch of this new whisky. Suntory World Whisky ‘Ao’ brings together the world’s most highly regarded whisky regions to produce this unique and premium quality blend,” said Sho Semba, Head of Suntory Spirits. “In recent years we’ve seen a huge increase in demand from customers across the world who want to experience Japanese whisky. We are confident that whisky enthusiasts will enjoy the unique flavor that is the result of this Japan-blended whisky, which originates from around the world.”
Chief blender Shinji Fukuyo commented “Ao is a single whisky which, through the art of Suntory blending, allows you to enjoy the unique characteristics of each of the five major whisky-making regions”
Suntory World Whisky ‘Ao’ is a unique addition to Suntory’s growing spirits portfolio. The Suntory whisky range includes Yamazaki and Hakushu, the pioneer of Japanese Single Malts, and Japan’s most highly awarded blended whisky, Hibiki.
A vivid, elegant, yet deep profile, with a sweetness that gently pervades with a pleasantly sharp finish.
Ao is a reference to the beautiful color of the ocean (碧, Ao in Japanese), a tribute to the crossing of oceans and seas taking place as these whiskies of the world and Japanese craftsmanship meet. The bottle, is five-sided in honour of the five major whisky-making regions. The calligraphic lettering was written by Japanese calligrapher Tansetsu Ogino with an intent to represent the whiskies’ global origins and Japanese craftsmanship.