Suntory announces World Whisky Ao
The blend of whisky from five countries will be launched in April 2019
The Japanese company Suntory is adding a special product to its portfolio: "Ao" is the name of a new Suntory Whisky, blended from whisky of five countries: Scotland, Ireland, America, Canada and Japan are the origin countries of the whiskies that Suntory Master Blender Shinji Fukuyo married to create the Ao. There are no detailed information given about the blended whiskies.
The launch in Japan is planned for April 16, 2019. The Suntory World Whiskey Ao will cost 5000 yen, which is about 40 Euros. The Ao is bottled at 43% ABV and according to Suntory it offers a sweet, wonderful aroma and a mature, full-bodied taste with a slightly smoky finish.
"Ao" means blue and represents the color of the seas that connect all whisky countries. Symbolism is very important in Japan, so the bottle is designed pentagonal, Suntory reports in his news - five edges representing five countries. The label is intended to reflect the connection of the world whiskies and Japanese craftsmanship, so the lettering “Ao” was designed by a Japanese calligrapher.
The idea of blending whiskies from different countries is not entirely new, but only three ones were used to create the Huxley: Diageo released it in 2016, blending whiskies from Scotland, Canada and the United States.