If you watched Bill Murray and Scarlet Johansson in the travel film Lost in Translation, the name Suntory may ring a bell. It's the Japanese whisky which Murray's character was promoting on a trip to Japan, but now it's the whisky that's reciprocating by making the trans-Pacific voyage to American shores. Previously unavailable in the United States, the Japanese distillery has announced plans to import its coveted Hibiki 12 whisky (pictured below) to the American market. Priced at around $60, the Hibiki 12 is an 86-proof blend of whiskies ranging from 12 years to 30 years old, filtered in bamboo charcoal.
Around the same time, Suntory is also launching a special-edition Yamazaki 1984, a 96-proof blend of some 30 whiskies selling for around $600 to celebrate the brand's 25th anniversary - although the distillery itself was actually founded in 1899. Suntory whiskies are considered some of the world's best and have even been awarded top honors by several prestigious whisky tasting authorities, and should find a welcoming market in the United States.