No.12025   April 8, 2014

Hibiki 12 Years Old Wins a Double Gold Medal
at "San Francisco World Spirits Competition"

Suntory Liquors Limited won a Double Gold Medal in a category with Hibiki 12 Years Old at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SWSC), an international spirits competition held in the United States. This marks the Hibiki brand's second win here since 2012.

Winning this prize is highly significant, as it further cements Suntory's reputation for the high quality of our malt whisky and unblended grain whisky as well as our excellent blending techniques. We will use this award as an opportunity to speed up marketing activities for the Hibiki brand inside and outside Japan.

● About the "San Francisco World Spirits Competition"

Now in its fourteenth year, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition is the largest global spirits competition in the United States. Panels of judges include American hotels, restaurants, buyers for large purveyors and journalists who assess the entries and select the winners of Double Gold Medal, Gold Medal, Silver Medal and Bronze Medal awards in each category. The Suntory single malt whiskies Yamazaki 12 Years Old and Hakushu 12 Years Old won Gold Medals at the competition.

● Qualities of Hibiki 12 Years Old

This whisky is blended using painstakingly selected malts aged over 12 years and multiple types of ripe grain malts of the same age. We use plum liqueur cask malts aged in casks for storing plum liqueur to further bring out the gorgeously sweet fragrance that distinguishes Suntory whiskies. It also has a rich, mature flavor through the addition of malts aged more than 30 years.

Competition Summary

▼ Name of Competition
    San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SWSC)
▼ Venue      San Francisco, United States
▼ Judging and Announcement of Results (Local Time)
    Judging took place March 20-23, 2014.
    Results to be announced at the SWSC homepage (
▼ Award Classes, Award Names, and Award Recipients
    Whiskey Class, Other Whisky Category, "Double Gold Medal"
    Suntory single malt whisky Hibiki 12 Years Old

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