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Essence of Suntory Whiskey

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THE ESSENCE of SUNTORY series Vol. 5 Volume 1

THE ESSENCE of SUNTORY series was created based on Suntory’s desire to pursue the “Essence” in whisky making.


part 1 Released on February 27, 2018 Single Malt Whisky Single malt whisky Yamazaki Distillery <peated malt
Single grain whiskey Hakushu Distillery <Rye type
Single grain whiskey Chita distillery〈Ripe after 4 years in wine barrels
part 2 February 26, 2019 release Single malt whisky Yamazaki Distillery <Spanish Oak
Single malt whisky Yamazaki Distillery <Montillery Wine Cask
Single malt whisky Yamazaki Distillery <Refill Sherry Cask
part 3 Release on October 29, 2019 Blended Japanese Whiskey <Clean Type
Blended Japanese Whiskey (Rich Type)
Part 4 To be released on April 28, 2020 Essence of Suntory Whiskey(Rice Whiskey)
Single grain whisky Chita Distillery <Cherry Blossom Barrel Mature Blend
Part 5 To be released on August 31, 2021 Single malt whisky Yamazaki Distillery <Golden Promise
Single malt whiskey Yamazaki Distillery <Ira-peated


This time, it was developed under the theme of “barley”. The label design is also based on the image of “barley” with ink art.

The single malt whisky is made from the rare “Golden Promise” malt, and the single malt whisky is made from dried, peat-fired malt from the island of Islay. These are two challenges that will expand the new possibilities of whisky making by utilizing Suntory’s pride in creating a variety of different types of raw materials.

“Golden” Promise is a barley malt variety developed in the 1960s. It is said to be the best malt whisky variety, although it is difficult to cultivate, and is famous for the fact that the Macallan distillery used to use only Golden Promise.


The Bottle

Single malt whisky aged for 11 years in American oak barrels.

The Golden Promise variety was widely cultivated in Scotland around 1968-1980, but is now a rare variety produced in only a few areas. This is the first time Suntory has commercialized a product based on this variety. This single malt whisky is characterized by a soft grain aroma and a dense mouthfeel derived from the Golden Promise variety, in addition to the strength typical of Yamazaki.



Aroma Soft aroma, sweetness of barley, honey
Taste Dense mouthfeel, honey sweetness, faint sourness, deep flavor
Aftertaste Creamy, long aftertaste with sweetness and acidity



Alcohol content 53% alcohol by volume
by alcohol Malt (Golden Promise non-peated malt)
Barrel type American oak barrels
Contents 500ml
Number of bottles sold Limited quantity
Suggested retail price 8,800 yen (tax included)
Release date August 31, 2021 (Tuesday)



Our Take

This whisky is created by Suntory’s diverse range of raw spirits.

It is a non-peated single malt whisky using only the rare Golden Promise variety, and is very mellow on the palate, with a sweetness from the grains and a depth of flavor from 11 years of aging.

“Both Golden Promise and Islay Peated are extremely difficult to find. On flea market sites, the price has quadrupled since the day it was released, and it has actually been sold at that price. I hope that the time will come soon when those who want it can buy it.


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