Post by Stefan of Tokyo Whisky Hub.
Yesterday (November 5th), the yearly International Spirits Challenge (ISC) award dinner was held at the Marriott Grosvenor Square in London. Suntory made history once again by being the first ever whisky producer to capture two trophies at the same time: one for the Yamazaki 18, the other for the Hakushu 25. Trophies are awarded to the best of the Gold medal winners (21 in total, 10 of which were Japanese whiskies - 6 Suntory and 4 Nikka products). It doesn't come as a surprise to me at all - I've raved about these two expressions many times before. The Yamazaki 18 is very reasonably priced (which means there will probably be a rush for that expression in the weeks and months to come); the Hakushu 25 is not in everybody's price bracket (retails for about 100,000 yen) but the year-end merry-making is approaching, so you can always try and put it on a wish-list or two!