Japan’s Suntory Celebrates Rolling Stones’ 50th

Japan’s Suntory beverage behemoth (best known beyond Japan for Bill Murray’s “Suntory Time” commercial in Lost in Translation) has made 2012 the year of the Rolling Stones, with a Stones Bar series celebrating the anniversary and stirring up such boozy tributes to the band as Rolling Hop beer, Rolling Gold “bottled cocktail,” and a Citrus Highball. 

Now Suntory (which develops customized drinks for Japanese tastebuds such as wacky-flavored Pepsi varieties) is outdoing itself with the ultimate Stones-themed alcoholic beverage: a limited-edition whisky. How limited? Only 150 bottles were released on Oct. 30.

The “whisky is a blend of carefully selected malts distilled and casked in milestone years throughout the band’s 50 year history, including a malt from the year the band formed that has been long-aged in mizunara (Japanese oak) casks.” It comes in a crystal bottle (even though crystal is for the 15th anniversary) that has the lips and tongue logo cut in relief on the front of the bottle as well as a diamond-shaped decorative stopper.

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Suntory whiskey beats ‘em all

Suntory Liquors Ltd.’s Suntory Single Malt Whiskey Yamazaki 1984 has been awarded the top prize among some 1,000 entries in an international liquor competition held in London, the distiller said Tuesday.

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Savor the moment: Suntory officials involved in the making of the prizewinning Yamazaki 1984 whiskey, (from left) Tetsu Mizutani, Seiichi Koshimizu and Seiichiro Hattori, show off trophies at a London hotel Monday. COURTESY OF SUNTORY LIQUORS LTD.

After winning the Trophy in the "Whiskeys" category from some 300 selections from around the world, Yamazaki 1984 went on Monday to win the Supreme Champion Spirit award, which was selected among the Trophy winners from all the categories, in the 15th International Spirits Challenge 2010.

It is the first time a Japanese product received the Supreme Champion Spirit award, according to the company.

Suntory also became the first Japanese company to ever be awarded Distiller of the Year, the prize given to the producer that has made the greatest contribution to the industry worldwide, it said.

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Chocolate Sparkling – A Flavorful Success

Suntory has done it! They’ve made a chocolate drink, which contains no chocolate. And it’s good! Well, that is if you like your chocolate even more liquefied than fondue. It’s probably going to be really popular for those with chocolate allergies since it contains no chocolate. Oh to be a kid again!

You can see the official Suntory Chocolate Sparkling site here.