Suntory’s Centenary Celebration In Sydney
An exclusive night of Yamazaki, Hakushu, Hibiki, and highballs, delivered with a heady side of history (and a hint of Keanu Reeves).
The House of Suntory has been setting the standard for exemplary Japanese whisky for 100 years now. Last week, friends of the brand—comprising media, tastemakers, key opinion leaders, and whisky aficionados aplenty—gathered at Oborozuki, Sydney’s first kaiseki fine dining restaurant, for a splendid centennial celebration.
Overlooking the Sydney harbour, the exclusive soiree was in no shortage of exceptional drops. Over a multi-course traditional Japanese meal, guests were treated to the House of Suntory’s finest. Among them, the Hibiki 21, as well as limited-edition 100th anniversary labels of Yamazaki 18-Year-Old Mizunara, Hakushu 18-Year-Old Peated Malt, Yamazaki 12-Year-Old, and Hakushu 12-Year-Old.
Throughout the night, consummate host—and House of Suntory ambassador—James Buntin took the floor to take the room through the history of the acclaimed Japanese whisky house. From founder Shinjiro Torii’s development of the first Japanese whisky in 1923 to the house’s appearance in Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation in 2003, the impact of the House of Suntory is undeniable.
Not merely limited to exceptional drams, the House of Suntory has had a palpable impact on pop culture, both in its home country and on foreign shores. A tribute to this impact, Suntory Time, a short film by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Sofia Coppola starring Keanu Reeves, nods to the label’s rich history while exploring its widespread influence.
Showcased for the first time in Australia, guests sipped a Hibiki 21 on the rocks while enjoying the film, before raising a Toki highball to drink to Suntory’s success.
Here’s to another 100.
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