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43.0 % Vol.
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19 May 2018 4:14 pm by maltaholic

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€ 35.74

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Whisky Reviews for Suntory Toki

29 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 78.23 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    For Every Occasion
    While Suntory allows its malt whisky stocks to matured to be able to have the age statement Yamazaki and Hakushu return to the world stage, we have to settle for young(er) stuff. So Toki saw the light of day, composed with (probably a lot of) Chita grain and some of both malts. Toki can be translated many ways – time, hour, moment, occasion – so probably means ‘for every occasion’ or ‘for every moment of the day’ in this case.
    Very light, but quite pleasant nose on breakfast pastry, citrus, vanilla, apple and a hint of banana.
    The body is quite light, but on the palate it is clear that the grain whisky calls the shots. Young and fresh, prickly, but the fruit has the hardest time to show itself. Again white fruit with a touch of lime, maybe even some peach. The malts give it a sense of depth, but you have to look for it. A touch spicy and bitter.
    The finish is short, very sweet and a bit spicy.
    Simple blend that probably works good in a cocktail or mizawari. Very friendly priced: only 30 EUR. And much better than the competition’s Nikka Days.

  2. karloff scored this whisky 62 points Specialist

    This was a gift for doing a friend of my wife a favour. Another cheap Japanese blend, I seem to have had a few lately. Personally I wouldn't buy any of them including this one. Some hidden user has 10 bottles in his collection, good luck with them, you're going to need it.
    • Nose
      60 60
      This has a funny kind of nose which has me suspecting that there are a lot of grains in the mix.
      This off note reminds me of fruit when it has gone off or definitely on the turn.
      I really am having trouble getting past this, it's as if it's not letting anything else through.
      I tell you what else it reminds me of, when my slippers start smelling like this I know it's time to throw them away.
    • Taste
      65 65
      Straight away is that off note, but I am glad to say it isn't as dominant as it is on the nose.
      A few light fruits, hay or straw.
      Very little spice and quite light.
      I think the 43% saves this from being a total disaster.
    • Finish
      60 60
      From the nose it dived and then it gained a bit more momentum with the taste but with the finish it has dived again because our off note friend has bullied his way back to the finish. This time he has splashed on some cheap aftershave.

  3. peatbogger scored this whisky 68 points Specialist

    Under £30 for a Japanese whisky should make the alarm bells ring.
    Maybe it would be OK on a blazing day, mixed 50/50 with Sprite and lots of ice.
    • Nose
      68 68
      Funky nose.
      Neoprene rubber and the box of a cheap perfume.
      If I was poured this blind I would have said Haig Club.
      Mushy yellow apple with a drop of lemon.
      It's different, which makes it interesting, but as a whisky nose goes it doesn't hold much promise.
    • Taste
      70 70
      More or less a straight follow up of the nose.
      At first there's most of the fruit, mostly apple, then the "funk" takes completely over.
      And yes, it's still neoprene. Reminds me of biting on the sleeves of my diving gloves.
      No spice to speak of until a smidge when it goes into the finish, so it feels a bit thin.
    • Finish
      65 65
      The "funk" goes rather bitter and fortunately doesn't last too long.

  4. RaggaeShark scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    rated this an initial 82 but it has really grown on me.
    yes it is grainy but that doesn't seem like a bad thing.
    on the contrary, i think without the grain the whisky would be kind of flat actually.
    considering this is currently the cheapest "real" japanese whisky that is readily available everywhere it's a real banger

  5. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Light nose, very light, a little lemon, fresh wood, and that's it I think. Green apples, Italian grapes, slight acidity. On the palate, no better, lemon, vanilla, a little berry, juicy grapefruit, iodine anyway, but you have to look far. Harmless finish without being bad, neither long nor short, a little spicy, on pepper and paprika, thyme. It just happens. The representative tells me it's for cocktails, but I didn't have time to try it with this format.

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      80 80

  6. dram-drinker scored this whisky 82 points Moderator

    Not highly complex, with the slight bitterness from some grains it could serve well as aperitif with some drops of water, reminds me more of a fresh pils
    • Nose
      84 84
      Citrus fruits, dry hay, little vanilla, whiffs of honey, also some green fruits, and little leafy
    • Taste
      82 82
      Little punchy, more vanilla, subtle sweetness, more honey, ripe yellow fruits, but also hints of herbs and little leafy notes like hops
    • Finish
      80 80
      Medium long, warm, more leafy and slightly herbal, more on unripe fruits, spicy, peppery

  7. schengel10 scored this whisky 72 points Connoisseur

    a gentle, soft, mild blend - little depth / complexity - no off-flavors either.
    You can drink it neat without any problems - you can also use it in cocktails - you never make a mistake here!
    Very ambitious for about € 27.00 - but the Japanese are a bit more expensive!
    • Nose
      light, fresh, lemon, grapefruit, grain, a subtle vanilla;
    • Taste
      light, soft, mild, sweet, footy honey, vanilla, now also (slightly bitter) grain aromas, a little spice;
    • Finish
      short, sweet, a little spice - and it's gone!

  8. Malthead19 scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    - a surprising Japanese whiskey
    (I would have expected worse)
    - tastes pleasantly mild and tasty
    - no off-flavors
    - maybe the only criticism is that of something
    one-dimensional character and that of the taste
    flattens out pretty quickly
    - for 30 € a decent whiskey, you can't go wrong
    • Nose
      fruity but also slightly alcoholic impression, somewhat sweet, flowery, reminiscent of grain whiskey (but not unpleasant!)
    • Taste
      very soft start, sweetish, toffee, honey, caramel, mild, round and harmonious, much milder than I would have expected with the smell
    • Finish
      medium-long, soft finish;
      medium-long warm aftertaste

  9. LoverCop1989 scored this whisky 72 points Member Senior

    Unspectacular! Price a little too high for the whiskey. Monotonous, hardly multifaceted and not very complex. Solid whiskey craft ..... but on a low standard. More like a summer whiskey.
    • Nose
      74 74
      slightly pungent alcohol, pear, a hint of mint, wheat / barley, slightly sweet, some vanilla
    • Taste
      73 73
      strong pear, sweet, tingling, somewhat spicy, light oak, slightly hot, wheat / barley, some vanilla
    • Finish
      70 70
      short-medium-long, slightly hot, oak, tart / bitter, slightly sweet, slightly fruity, grass / hay

  10. Saftkenner scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    This is more of a whiskey for long drinks and cocktails. It is only good as a schnapps. For a highball (whiskey with soda water and ice) it is unfortunately not suitable because of the strong grain bitterness.
    • Nose
      81 81
      Fine and very sweet nose. No alcohol noticeable, but you can tell that no fireworks are to be expected in terms of taste.
      Hints of vanilla, marzipan, acacia honey, light grapes, juice orange, ripe pears and strawberries, lavender, blackberries, lemon and a little tart apple.
    • Taste
      66 66
      Watery, sweet, bitter and astonishingly spicy for 43%. Apple, some apricot.
    • Finish
      69 69
      Short and bitter with a little vanilla and a little green apple.


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