The Chita: An experience for the senses
It's one of those views that just stops you in your tracks. Japan's Chita Peninsula is the Aichi Prefecture's magnificent gateway to the Pacific.
Rolling, calm blue ocean, under light mist, stretches out towards the vibrant pink, purple and orange hues of dusk over the far-east horizon.
Over the next couple of months the iconic cherry blossoms will be in full bloom too, adding even more colour and beauty to the island of Honshu, on which Aichi is situated.
The prefecture has a rich history.
Most notably, it is the birthplace of the three ‘unifiers' of Japan.
Towards the end of the 16th century, samurai warlords Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu all played a role in putting an end to the warring-states period to bring peace to the country under the Tokugawa shogunate.
Aichi is a place where the magic of the Orient washes over you. You're transported to another time, one of ancient traditions, martial arts mastery and Bushido virtues.
This is where my mind has drifted to, since pulling the 700ml The Chita whisky from its deep-indigo box.
It is the House of Suntory's first-ever single grain whisky, created by Chief Blender Shinji Fukuyo drawing on a recipe concocted by previous master blender Keizo Saji, and produced in the seaside distillery on Chita Peninsula.
Fukuyo describes the finished product as "the serenity of Japanese whisky". It is unmistakably so.
From the packaging to the first sip. From the black Japanese calligraphy on a white washi paper label to the bright gold whisky inside.
Spirit of the Week: Suntory Whisky The Chita Single Grain https://t.co/X0hnVVRGqq #whiskey pic.twitter.com/RArXqN0tM9
— The Whiskey Chap (@whiskeychap) November 18, 2017
Suntory has cleverly produced a whisky that reflects Japan’s history, picturesque landscape, tranquil customs and dedication to craftsmanship.
The Chita is delicate, light and smooth in taste with the sweet fragrance of acacia honey and crème brûlée aromas.
It is the ideal choice for those delving into the world of Suntory for the first time, and Japanese whisky more broadly.
Having only arrived in Europe at the end of last year, and Australia this month, you can be one of the first to add it to your home bar or liquor cabinet.
It's a treat to the senses, whether you have it neat, on the rocks or with a mixer.
And be sure to close your eyes and take yourself to the shores of Chita Peninsula as it hits your lips… beyond a top quality whisky, it is an experience in relaxation.
It is an indulgence in Japanese culture and history.