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The House of Suntory: celebrating 100 years with 100 UK bars

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Outstanding venues, exceptional cocktails and a very special tribute

2023 is an incredibly important year for the House of Suntory, the founding house of Japanese Whisky, as it marks its 100th anniversary. Something well worth celebrating in style we think.

100 incredible years; 100 outstanding bars; 100 exceptional cocktails

What better way to mark such an outstanding occasion than to join with 100 of the UK’s most respected bars to celebrate the unique contribution that Suntory has made to whisky innovation and Japanese culture across UK hospitality.

From now until the end of the year some of the UK’s most respected hotel bars, including The Berkeley, The Prince Akatoki and The Londoner in the capital, Grantley Hall, Yorkshire and Gleneagles in Scotland, along with incredible bars like Three Sheets, The Arts Club and KOYN, will feature specially created House of Suntory cocktails and serves.  Moreover, some will feature new limited-edition whiskies released in honour of the anniversary; the Yamazaki 18 Year Old Mizunara and the Hakushu 18 Year Old Peated Malt, along with renowned favourites Toki and Hibiki.

Celebratory serves to look out for…

Every bar is guaranteed to come up with something special for the celebration. Here are just a few to get you in the mood:

The Pineapple at The American Bar at Gleneagles; Yamazaki 12 Year old, tepache and lemon verbena

The Old Harmony at The Grove Hotel, Hertfordshire; Hibiki Harmony, apricot liqueur, simple syrup, and orange blossom water

The White Lady at Calcot Manor Hotel, Cotswold; Roku Gin, St. Germain, lemon juice, jasmine syrup, egg white and Fiji bitters

The Eastern Old Fashion at Cameron House Hotel, Loch Lomond; Toki, coconut, pandan and bitters

The Hyaku at Coupette, Shoreditch; Yamazaki Distiller’s Reserve, shiitake cordial, cacao nib essence and tonka vermouth

The Pilot Secret at The Arts Club, Mayfair; Yamazaki Distiller’s Reserve, melon and rice paper soda and yuzu bitter (above)

The Umeshu Sour at Three Sheets, Dalston; Chita Suntory Whisky, umeshu Japanese plum liqueur, lemon and egg white

The Ichi Highball at China Tang, Mayfair; Toki whisky, shiso cordial, palo santo tincture and saicho jasmine soda

The Bubble at The Londoner, Leicester Square; Hakushu Distiller’s Reserve, sake, Wakamurasaki shochu, mint, sage and tapioca pearls

The Pineapple at The American Bar at Gleneagles

Where to join the celebrations

Join the celebrations and experience Japanese craftsmanship and innovation at bars across the UK.

From July onwards:

  • The Londoner 
  • Pantechnicon 
  • Prince Akatoki 
  • Ten Trinity Sq Member’s Club
  • The Arts Club
  • China-Tang at The Dorchester
  • Coupette 
  • Three Sheets
  • London Edition
  • The Berkeley Bar
  • Common Decency at NoMad
  • Ham Yard Hotel
  • China Tang
  • The American Bar at Gleneagles
  • Lucknam Park Hotel
  • Cameron House Hotel
  • Calcot Manor Hotel 
  • Grantley Hall
  • The Grove Hotel

From August onwards

  • KOYN 
  • Nobu Portman Sq
  • Callooh Callay
  • Bar with Shapes for a Name
  • Seed Library

Look out for more bars across the UK coming soon.

Director Sofia Coppola and actor Keanu Reeves join the celebrations with a very special tribute

As well as 100 bars the anniversary also sees the creation of a very special tribute from Academy Award-winning director Sofia Coppola and internationally renowned actor Keanu Reeves. The Suntory Whisky 100th Anniversary Tribute tells the remarkable story of the brand’s heritage and whisky-making legacy over 100 outstanding years.

And, of course, some very special whiskies

It wouldn’t be a celebration without some exceptional whiskies. This year also sees the House of Suntory release several limited-edition whiskies that highlight its unique Japanese craftsmanship and meticulous art of blending, including Yamazaki 18 Year Old Mizunara and Hakushu 18 Year Old Peated Malt whiskies. There are also limited edition 100th anniversary labels of the iconic Yamazaki 12 Year Old and Hakushu 12 Year Old.

To find out more about the House of Suntory and its whiskies see house.suntory.com

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