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27 July 2023

Celebrating the Suntory Whisky Kakubin and the Japanese Highball

If you're anything like us, having a ice-cold refreshing whisky highballs to pair with good company and bites at your local izakaya (Japanese-style casual drinking joint/bar) is a must.

What you might not know is that Suntory Whisky Kakubin, which is not only Japan’s number one selling whisky, is also the go-to whisky for highballs in Japan. It is so popular that it has its own name -“Kakuhai” - which is a marriage of the words Suntory Whisky KAKUbin and HIGH(hai)ball.

The whisky is affectionately known as just “Kakubin”, or “square bottle”, which is the actual shape of the bottle. The unique tortoise shell pattern design, etched using the traditional Japanese art of cutting glass (known as Satsuma Kiriko), which symbolises both happiness and good luck. 

Blended according to Japan’s whisky pioneer Shinjiro Torii’s vision in 1937, Suntory Whisky Kakubin is the first locally made whisky accepted and embraced by the Japanese. The blended whisky captures the essence of whiskies from three distilleries – Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita. 


Official tasting notes of the Kakubin:

Nose: hints of lemon, green apple, sweetness of butter cookie, and hazelnut.
Palate: the nutty taste of popcorn, apple, tropical vibes of dried coconut, and baked almonds.
Finish: dry, toasty, hay-like flavour.

If you’ve never had a kakuhai before, or if you just want to have more of a good thing - there will be Suntory Whisky Kakubin highball promotions at the following partner outlets all August, so don’t say we #bojio!
  • Yilo Restaurant & Bar  
  • ChillHaus
  • The Vault    
  • Winetale Bar & Bistro
  • Amateras Skylounge   
  • Yaki Soul Izakaya
  • Butaya Izakaya  
  • Musu    
  • Tokuya
  • Nomi Tomo Sake Bar
  • Bukit Damansara    
  • Asumo Japanese Restaurant    
  • Flying Peacock KL    
  • Palilos Yakitori Bar    
  • The Scotsman Yakitori Bar    
  • Bushido Mid Valley    
  • Shakariki 432 Osaka Izakaya    
  • Solaris Dutamas
  • Han’ei Kaya  
  • ITSUMO Japanese Yakitori    
  • Kyomo    
  • Kinjo Yakitori Bar

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