Finally had an opportunity to try Ao Whisky. Blended by Suntory, it features five of the world’s top whisky producing regions: the United States, Scotland, Canada, Ireland, and of course, Japan. It is a light, easy to drink blend but be careful because it clocks in at 43% ABV.
The bottle is interesting because it has five points to represent the global regions that were selected to produce this blend. Likewise, the name ‘Ao’ means “blue” in English, referring to the ocean that connects us all.
Ao Whisky is currently only available in Japan. However, this global blend is a first of seemingly many more to come. Indeed, Forbes says it’s “..set to change the industry.” Hmm…
Perfectly crafted ice balls are what separates a simple, cheap drink from a professional pour. Sure, the bartender could have placed a few chunks of ice into a glass, then poured the whisky on top but that would’ve been a different experience. Think about how quickly the ice would have melted with individual ‘chunks’ of ice.
By contrast, the handcrafted ice ball melts slowly, allowing one to savor the slowly changing flavors. Indeed, even one drop of water has a big impact on a whisky straight so it makes sense to slow the evaporation process as much as possible.
Usquaebach Reserve is recommended on the rocks but to each his own.