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Essence of Suntory Whisky Islay Peated

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The fifth in the THE ESSENCE of SUNTORY series Vol. 5 The fifth in the series

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
Second release 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
Third release 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 whiskey 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 expand the new possibilities of whisky making by taking advantage of Suntory’s pride in creating a variety of different types of raw materials.

This “Islay Peated” is made from peat mined on the island of Islay, so I wonder if it was realized from the flow of Suntory’s ownership of the Bowmore distillery. (under Suntory in 1994) and the Laphroaig distillery (under Suntory in 2014).


The Bottle

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

This single malt whisky is a blend of only raw materials made from peat-fired and dried malt mined on the island of Islay.

One of the characteristics of the peat from Islay is that it is influenced by the sea due to its location near the coast.

The powerful peatiness of Islay peat, the scent of the sea, and the smooth mouthfeel of this whisky are sure to please.



Aroma Strong peaty, tidal aroma
Taste Smooth mouthfeel with a lingering sweetness
Aftertaste A long, aromatic, peaty finish.



Alcohol Content 54% alcohol by volume
alcohol category Malt (optic peat 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 was created by Suntory’s diverse selection of raw materials. It is made from peat from the island of Islay, so as expected, the peatiness with a touch of sea saltiness is very assertive in both aroma and taste. If you like Islay single malts, you should definitely try this one.

If you don’t like peat, I recommend the “Golden Promise” because you can feel the richness and flavor of the malt.

Both of these whiskies are limited and hard to find, so if you see them in a bar, you should definitely try them.


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