Beam Suntory launches first ever “world blended whisky” GTR exclusive
With the growing popularity of whisky the world over combined with expertise in whisky making that has broken beyond traditional borders, Beam Suntory has launched the first-ever world blended whisky, Suntory World Whisky ‘Ao’, exclusive to global travel retail.
This whisky, which will be released in 16 markets, is created by blending whisky from distilleries in Japan, Scotland, Ireland, Canada and the US. To signify the oceans that connects these distilleries, the whisky’s name is “Ao,” which means “blue.”
Ao captures the distinctive characteristics from each of these regions: the heathery flavour from Ardmore and Glen Garioch, complexity from Cooley, smoothness from Alberta, the vibrance from Jim Beam and the subtlety of Yamazaki and Hakushu.
Master Blender Shinji Fukuyo said: “Ao is an exceptional whisky which, through the art of Suntory blending, allows you to enjoy the unique characteristics of each of the five major whisky-making regions”
Sho Semba, Head of Suntory Spirits, said: “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.
“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 flavour created by this unique Japanese blended whisky, which originates from around the world.”
Ed Stening, Global Head of Travel Retail Marketing at Beam Suntory International, said: “This is a truly innovative whisky that blends five very different distilleries’ greatest assets and unique crafts. We couldn’t be more excited to share ‘Ao’ with our customers and bring some exciting innovation to the global travel retail world.”
Colour – amber
Nose – profound vanilla, pineapple-like fruitiness on top, a creamy sweetness and depth with a lingering woody aroma
Palate – smooth and sweet mouthfeel, gradually followed with smokiness and cinnamon-like spiciness
Finish – sweet and smoky, spicy and woody, a many-layered complexity
Retail Recommended Price:
65€ / $71