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Suntory World Whisky Ao A Blend Of Whiskies From 5 Countries

15th October 2020
Beam Suntory launch the first World Whisky 'Ao' in travel retail, a unique blend of Scottish, Japanese, Irish, Canadian and American whiskies.

Suntory World Whisky 'Ao'Beam Suntory has announced the launch of a rather unique new whisky which will be available exclusively in travel retail, the first-ever World Blended Whisky, Suntory World Whisky 'Ao'.

Suntory World Whisky 'Ao' which will be available in 16 markets around the world is the first innovative whisky launch in global travel retail since the Covid-19 pandemic began.

'Ao' is a blend of whiskies from the top five whisky producing countries of the world Japan, Scotland, Ireland, Canada and the US, the whisky is designed to bring together the heathery flavour of Scotland's Ardmore and Glen Garioch, the complexity of Ireland's Cooley, the smoothness of Canada's Alberta, the vibrancy of America's Jim Beam and the subtlety of Japan's Yamazaki and Hakushu.

'Ao', meaning blue, is named after the oceans of the world that connect the distilleries together. Described as having notes of vanilla, tropical fruit and cinnamon, it is the distinctive climate, fermentation and distillation processes in each whisky-making region that give the whisky its unique taste.

Fifth generation Suntory chief blender, Shinji Fukuyo, selected each liquid based-on Suntory's globally-recognised Monozukuri craftsmanship a relentless pursuit of perfection, attention to detail and quality. Building on Suntory's history of craftsmanship, this innovative, premium blended whisky embodies the spirit of Suntory and is a tribute to the liquid's long history.

Shinji Fukuyo said: "Ao is an exceptional whisky which, through the art of Suntory blending, allows you to enjoy the unique characteristics of all five major whisky-making regions."

Ed Stening, Global Head of Travel Retail Marketing at Beam Suntory International, added: "This is a truly innovative whisky that blends five very different distilleries' greatest assets and unique crafts. We couldn't be more excited to share this exciting innovation with global travel retail."

Suntory World Whisky 'Ao' is exclusive to global travel retail and has a RRP of 65/$71.

If you are not brave enough to travel at the moment you will find Beam Suntory's current range of Scottish, Japanese, Irish, Canadian and American whiskies available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt

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