Beam Suntory creates Scotch and Bourbon blend

Beam Suntory has created a blended whisky brand for the Indian market that combines Scotch and Bourbon, called Oaksmith. Created by Suntory’s chief blender Shinji Fukuyo, the brand is available in two variants: Oaksmith and Oaksmith Gold. The new launch aligns with Beam Suntory’s ambition to reach US$1 billion in sales in India by 2030 and is “key” to the firm’s growth strategy in the market. Said to combine the “best of east and west…

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SB Meets… Shinji Fukuyo, House of Suntory

The legendary master blender behind some of the world’s most coveted Japanese whiskies – including Yamazaki, Hibiki and Hakushu – tells SB about overcoming challenges while perfecting his craft. How did you first get into the whisky industry? Actually, after graduating from university I joined the Suntory HR department. They told me you should go to Hakushu distillery in 1984, and since then basically I have always worked in whisky production. At the distillery, I…

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