- Brand: Suntory
- ABV: 43%
Suntory Special Reserve is a blended whisky that was released in 1969 to commemorate Suntory's 70th anniversary. The bottle reviewed here has the number '70' embossed on the back and is labelled "a rare blend", from which it can be dated back to the mid 1970s. For a more detailed analysis of this blend's history, please consult the excellent summary by 'Whiskies R Us' at whiskiesrus.blogspot.jp/2014/05/….
The nose begins with flavours of oranges and apples, followed by dried fruits such as apricots and peaches. Next, a distinct grain note comes to the fore, followed by a touch of caramel. This is a clean nose, with all flavours very well balanced. Lovely!
The palate is medium-bodied and just a bit spicy. The orange and caramel flavours are back, together with a light grassy note. Less impressive than the nose but still very enjoyable.
The finish is of medium length and a bit oaky. Orange flavours last to the very end.
This is a lovely blend, not overly complex but really pleasant. Were it still available, this could have become a new favourite everyday malt of mine.