A whisky for all seasons


JAPANESE drinks giant Suntory is encouraging whisky fans to warm themselves over the winter months with two cocktail serves.

The Hibiki Taisetsu, or ‘big snow’, mixes Hibiki 17 year old blended whisky with Umeshu plum sake, chocolate bitters, orange zest and hot water.
The ingredients are stirred with green tea, before being strained into a warm balloon glass.
The Yamazaki Toji, meanwhile, combines Yamazaki 12 year old single malt whisky with Mandarine Napoleon, absinthe, brown sugar, a vanilla pod, cinnamon, cloves, star anise and orange peel. Half of the whisky and the rest of the ingredients are set on fire for 15 seconds, while the rest of the whisky is heated in a balloon glass. Once both liquids are added together the flame is then extinguished.