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Suntory Time Dinners

House of Suntory is celebrating a century of whisky with two intimate dinners in Melbourne this August and October.
By Marley Ng
August 09, 2023
By Marley Ng
August 09, 2023

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This year, acclaimed whisky-maker House of Suntory is celebrating its 100th anniversary with two elegant dinners at renowned restaurants in Melbourne. In honour of the brand's roots, the Suntory Time dinners will be held at Japanese restaurants Kisume on Tuesday, August 22 and Yugen on Thursday, October 5.

Guests can expect a lavish multi-course menu with the chance to sample a selection of Suntory's premium whiskies, including the special 100th anniversary edition of their 18-year-old Yamazaki Mizunara and Hakushu Peated Malt, which retails for over $3000.

House of Suntory actually dates back to 1899, when founder Shinjiro Torii started out selling wine in Osaka. In 1923, the brand pivoted to focus on creating whisky specifically suited to Japanese consumers and opened Yamazaki Distillery — the first malt whisky distiller in the country. One hundred years on, Suntory is now established as a leading purveyor of spirits recognised the world over, and has since expanded the offering to include the award-winning Roku gin and Haku vodka.

Whisky connoisseurs who can't make it to the dinners should keep an eye out in bottle shops for the release of limited editions of the 18-year-old Yamazaki Mizunara and Hakushu Peated Malt, along with anniversary labels of the 12-year-old Yamazaki and Hakushu.

As part of the milestone, House of Suntory teamed up with filmmaker Sofia Coppola to create a short film starring Keanu Reeves. The Suntory Anniversary Tribute was shot in Japan and explores the brand's journey through the century, while also featuring a nod to Sofia's Lost in Translation, which was released 20 years ago.

Book your spot at Kisume for $595 on Tuesday, August 22 on the website. Register your interest for Yugen on Thursday, October 5 on the website.

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