Suntory has blended six whiskeys for this distinctive homage and has limited their production to just 150 bottles, each containing 700 milliliters of the special blend
Suntory Liquors, one of the oldest liquor companies in Japan, is getting set to launch a special edition whiskey to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first gig of the Rolling Stones. Known for numerous hit songs like (I can’t get no) Satisfaction, Start me up and You can’t always get what you want, the band which comprises legendary rockers Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and Ronnie Wood, had their first appearance on July 12, 1962 at the Marquee Club on Oxford Street, in London, England. Fifty years on, the band continues to rock and roll, and they in fact played their latest gig in Paris earlier this month.
Suntory has blended six whiskeys for this distinctive homage and has limited their production to just 150 bottles, each containing 700 milliliters of the special blend. Further, these commemorative brews are bottled in an exclusive bottle which bears the shape of the group’s iconic tongue and lips emblem, famously associated with the band’s lead singer, the snake-hipped, rubber-lipped, ever-youthful, Mick Jagger.
Each of these six custom blended whiskeys features an ingredient that has a relevance to an event in the band’s long rock and roll history. For instance, a 1962 Yamazaki malt represents the year when the band was formed, while a 1971 whiskey honors the introduction of the band’s iconic tongue and lips logo; and a 1972, Yamazaki malt marks the release of the band’s album, “Exile on Main St,” which is regarded to be the band’s ‘best’ album ever. Other whiskeys belonging to this limited edition collection include Hakushu malt, and a Chita grain, both of which date back to 1990, the year that the Stones’ first toured Japan.
These limited edition custom blends are set to go on sale on 30th October 2012, at a suggested retail price of 500,000 yen (US $6,300) a piece which works out to approximately $273 for a standard 30 ml pour. Satisfaction surely doesn’t come cheap nowadays!