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Suntory Whisky is the most highly awarded House of Japanese whisky.
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Hibiki 21 Years Old is honored with the Category’s Top “Trophy”
Award for the 4th consecutive year at the International Spirits Challenge 2016

Suntory Whisky Hibiki 21 Years Old was honored with the top Trophy award in the Japanese Whisky category at the 21st International Spirits Challenge (ISC) 2016 held in London, England on July 6 (Wednesday, local time). Hibiki 21 Years Old took the Trophy award as a particularly outstanding product in this category. This marks the 4th consecutive year that Hibiki 21 Years Old has won the Trophy.
Winning this prize is highly significant, as it further cements Suntory's reputation for the high quality of our malt whisky and grain whisky as well as our excellent blending techniques.

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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

Seiichi Koshimizu
Born 1949
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.

DISTILLER OF THE YEAR

  • International Spirits Challenge 2010
  • International Spirits Challenge 2012
  • International Spirits Challenge 2013
  • International Spirits Challenge 2014
International Spirits Challenge
2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014
Distiller of the Year
  • San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2013
San Francisco World Spirits
Competition 2013
The Tasting Panel Magazine
Distillery of the Year
  • Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky 2010
Whisky Magazine’s Icons of
Whisky 2010
Whisky Distiller of the year

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