The newest whisky release from Suntory, Toki" ("toki" translates to "time") wants to be your "everyday" blend. A whisky that is unparalleled in quality and value, it boasts an herbaceous hint of basil on the nose along with orange blossom and honey, while citrus and peppermint take over on the mid palate. An ethereal, subtly sweet and spicy finish bring it all together. This is sure to take its rightful place on your bar, and in your glass… served best in a highball with soda and lemon!
Suntory distillery was founded in 1923, but was not well-known here in the United States until 2003 when their whiskies began an unparalleled surge in popularity thanks to the film Lost in Translation. Murray's dead-pan, stoic performance has been revered, but that fictional tale is not the first to feature actors and celebrities from the UK and US endorsing these fine drams. Now the brand is omnipresent, be it the legend that is Yamazaki 18 year old or the subtlety found in Hibiki Harmony, you likely know something about Japanese whisky. Sofia Coppola likely found inspiration from her famous director father and his series of ads for Suntory extolling the virtues of whisky and friendship with another film legend, Akira Kurosawa. Perhaps seeing Sean Connery go from disheveled to perfectly pressed after a glass of Suntory Crest was the muse for Mr. Murray's performance. Humorous ads such as the one featuring a cartoon, bobblehead-like Duran Duran singing "The Reflex" might spark your interest. Perhaps a little ad-lib by the incomparable Sammy Davis Jr. would prove Suntory Whisky is of your class. Maybe a glass of Suntory on the rocks drunk to the jazz jams of my man, Ron Carter, on the bass, is your ideal soundtrack for relaxing times.