Review: Suntory Toki Japanese Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

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ABV
40%
Aging
N/A
Recipe
N/A
Distiller Hakushu, Yamazaki, and Chita (Japan)

This whisky has been designed exclusively for the North American Market, and comes at an entry level price. It really is entry level, but that is all it is trying to be. It is designed for versatility, based upon the various ways that whisky is consumed - neat, on the rocks, or in a highball.


Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2016

Light fruit – pear, peaches, apples, light lemon and grapefruit, and a slightly spicy backdrop with some toffee, brown sugar, and light incense. The palate has a great feel, with some brilliant oak and grain whisky playing around in the background alongside some toffee, and light peach. It’s very easy, light, and relatively simple - i.e. not that interesting – but serves terrifically as a casual sipper and there aren’t any negative elements at all. I’m sure this is what they had in mind when they moved decided to produce this – and they have it accomplished!

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average, based on $60. But in terms of Japanese whisky, I think they did a pretty good job! I enjoy the stuff. You can do better in Japanese whisky, but it comes at a price…


Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: LZ8DSU

  • Bottling Date: 2016

The nose is fruity, full of apples, plums, mulling spices, and slightly astringent oak. There is a very nice sweet grain character coming through – it isn’t negative. Fairly simple, but I have no complaints about this whisky! The palate is light, with fruit on top, oak in the middle, and spice underneath. The finish is oaky and slightly malty, with a tingling tannic sensation. The sweetness is just about perfect here.

Not a bad sipper, all things told. It’s a bit better in a highball, but this is still better for
the price than most other Japanese whiskies (and many which cost more).

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average. This, however, is on the high end in
terms of Japanese whisky which is generally quite expensive for what you get compared
to other types of whisky.