Hibiki® 21 Years is Honored with the World Whisky Category's Top "Trophy"
Award for the 3rd Consecutive Year at the UK International Spirits Challenge 2015
Hibiki® 21 Years from Beam Suntory’s whisky portfolio was honored with the top Trophy award in the world whisky category at the 20th International Spirits Challenge (ISC) 2015 held in London, England on July 8 (Wed., local time). Among the 11 products awarded gold medals at the competition, Hibiki® 21 Years took the Trophy award as a particularly outstanding product. This marks the 3rd consecutive year that Hibiki® 21 Years has won the Trophy.
Suntory views this award as an even stronger testament to the judges’ evaluation of the high quality of its malt and grain whiskies and the excellence of its blending techniques.
“There is quite a history of being at a high level and innovation wise the introduction of Japanese oak into the maturation is terrific. I’m really impressed.” said one of the judges.
Seiichi Koshimizu becomes the first Japanese inducted into Whisky Magazine's Hall of Fame
Joined Suntory Limited (Current Suntory Holdings Limited) in 1973. After work in the research and maturing centers, he was appointed Chief Blender in 1999, and became Chief Blender Emeritus from 2014 to the present. The whiskies that Koshimizu has been involved in, such as Hibiki® 21 Years Old, have frequently received the highest awards in international spirit competitions.
Seiichi Koshimizu, Chief Blender Emeritus of Suntory Spirits Limited has been inducted into the Whisky Magazine "Hall of Fame", becoming the first Japanese recipient. The induction ceremony was held together with the awards ceremonies for the Icons of Whisky (also hosted by the magazine) in London, England on Thursday, March 19.
The "Hall of Fame" is a prestigious award from Paragraph Publishing Ltd's Whisky Magazine, and is presented to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the whisky industry over many years. Winners have been announced every year since 2004, with a total of 22 recipients until 2014. Among the three categories, Scotland, America and the Rest of the World, Koshimizu became the Rest of the World recipient. Reasons for Koshimizu receiving the award included "Mr. Koshimizu is one of those people that has made Japanese whisky iconic, and one of the most high standard, consistently, loved whiskies in the world. He has made more contribution than anyone else to do that in Japan." Koshimizu expressed his joy and pride at receiving the award, commenting "We hope to continue our quest to deliver high-quality whisky that satisfies whisky fans around the world." The induction ceremony was held together…in London, England on Thursday, March 19.