Raise Your Glass: Haku Vodka from Japan Hits India's Shores

Raise Your Glass: Haku Vodka from Japan Hits India's Shores

By Author

Published on September 29, 2023

India, brace yourself for a taste of Japan like never before, as Beam Suntory, the global leader in premium spirits, unveils the latest gem from the House of Suntory. Following the resounding success of The House of Suntory portfolio's launch in December 2019, the spotlight now shines on India with the introduction of Haku® Vodka.

Derived from the finest Japanese ingredients, Haku® Vodka is a testament to the nature and spirit of Japan. It embodies the core principles of Suntory founder Shinjiro Torii's Monozukuri craftsmanship—a relentless pursuit of perfection, meticulous attention to detail, and an unwavering commitment to quality.

In a country where vodka's versatility has captured the hearts of consumers, the arrival of Haku® Vodka is set to make waves in the vodka market. Neeraj Kumar, Managing Director of Beam Suntory India, expresses their excitement, stating, "Vodka continues to gain prominence as a sought-after spirit amongst Indian consumers due to its versatility. Delivering a distinctive experience and establishing a unique presence in the vodka market, we bring yet another addition from our esteemed House of Suntory portfolio in India with the launch of Haku® Vodka."

The name "Haku," meaning 'white and brilliant' in Japanese, pays homage to the key ingredient, "Hakumai," a pure, white Japanese rice symbolising Japan's essence. This rice is meticulously milled, polished, and distilled, resulting in a "junpaku," a clear, clean, and luminous vodka. What makes Haku® Vodka truly exceptional is its filtration process through bamboo charcoal, adding a touch of sophistication and complexity to the vodka's natural flavour.

Haku® Vodka's design blends traditional Japanese aesthetics with modern sensibilities, creating a minimalist and artisanal product that beautifully celebrates Japanese craftsmanship.

India is not the sole destination for Haku® Vodka. This premium spirit is set to take flight across multiple markets, including Maharashtra, Goa, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Telangana. With prices ranging from INR 3,950 to INR 6,140, it promises to set an unprecedented benchmark in the vodka category.

Haku® Vodka, an embodiment of quality, tradition, and innovation, marks a significant step in Beam Suntory's mission to elevate its premium portfolio in India, further enriching the vibrant landscape of Indian spirits.

As The House of Suntory celebrates a century of whisky innovation, the introduction of Haku® Vodka reaffirms Suntory's commitment to heritage and a relentless pursuit of crafting exceptional spirits. Beam Suntory invites India to savour the essence of Japanese craftsmanship with each sip of Haku® Vodka.

Image Source: The Whiskey Exchange


The Macallan M 2023: A Luxurious Whisky Experience Arrives in India

The Macallan M 2023: A Luxurious Whisky Experience Arrives in India

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on April 21, 2024

The Macallan has unveiled its highly anticipated The Macallan M 2023 whisky, signaling a new era of sophistication and exclusivity in the country's spirits landscape. With only 10 meticulously chosen bottles available, this release not only exemplifies the pinnacle of craftsmanship but also underscores The Macallan's unwavering commitment to excellence.

This extraordinary whisky embodies The Macallan's Six Pillars – Natural Colour, Mastery, Curiously Small Spirit Stills, The Estate, Exceptional Oak Casks, and Sherry Seasoning – serving as a testament to the brand's dedication to quality and tradition. Each bottle encapsulates a legacy of distilling expertise and artistry, offering a sensory journey like no other.

image

Crafted with precision and care, The Macallan M 2023 presents a harmonious blend of flavors, where sweet black cherry and demerara sugar intertwine with smooth crème anglaise, leading to an opulent fusion of chocolate orange, subtle wood spice, and decadent dark chocolate undertones. It's a symphony of indulgence that captivates the palate and leaves a lasting impression.

Debuting at prestigious locations such as the Taj Mahal Hotel & The Oberoi in Delhi, The Macallan M 2023 transcends the realm of whisky, embodying a celebration of heritage and craftsmanship. As the most valuable spirit ever introduced in India, it adds an unprecedented level of prestige to the discerning whisky aficionados across the nation.

image

This launch heralds a significant milestone in India's spirits landscape, inviting enthusiasts to embark on a journey of discovery and appreciation for the rich history and unparalleled quality that define The Macallan. It's not just a whisky; it's a testament to the brand's enduring legacy and its relentless pursuit of perfection.


Rakul Preet Singh Launches Millet-Based Restaurant 'Arambam' in Hyderabad

Rakul Preet Singh Launches Millet-Based Restaurant 'Arambam' in Hyderabad

By Nishang Narayan

Published on April 20, 2024

Rakul Preet Singh, renowned Bollywood actress and fitness enthusiast, has ventured into the culinary world with the launch of her first restaurant, 'Arambam – Millet Beginnings,' located in Madhapur, Hyderabad. This new dining establishment is introduced in partnership with Curefoods, a notable player in the food and beverage and cloud kitchen industry in India.

Arambam is not just any restaurant; it is a millet-centric eatery that embodies Singh’s passion for fitness and nutrition. "I’m thrilled to open my first restaurant focused on nutritious food that tastes great. Hyderabad holds a special place in my heart, starting from my acting career to now my F&B venture," Rakul Preet Singh stated during the inauguration.

image

The restaurant’s mission is to highlight the nutritional benefits of millets—an ancient grain integral to Indian cuisine—through a unique culinary experience. Millets are known for their rich content in complex carbohydrates, proteins, and fibers, making them an excellent dietary choice. The Government of India has been promoting millets due to their health benefits and minimal environmental footprint.

Ankit Nagori, Founder of Curefoods, expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration, "Arambam is a testament to our commitment to promoting a healthy lifestyle and mindful eating. We are excited about this venture and plan to expand with more restaurants in Bangalore and Chennai, as well as ten cloud kitchens this year."

Arambam’s menu features a variety of millet-based dishes that promise a delightful balance of health and flavor, catering to a growing demographic of health-conscious diners in the city. This launch marks a significant step towards popularizing sustainable and nutritious eating practices in urban India, resonating with contemporary dietary trends that favor both wellness and environmental consciousness.


Experience the Bold Flavors of Punk Gin, A Nao Spirits’ Innovative Gin Creation

Experience the Bold Flavors of Punk Gin, A Nao Spirits’ Innovative Gin Creation

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on April 20, 2024

Joining the vibrant lineup of Nao Spirits' innovative gin creations is Punk Gin, a rebellious take on the classic pink gin. Crafted with a blend of fresh strawberries and hibiscus flowers, Punk Gin challenges the norms of traditional gin-making with its bold flavors and anti-establishment attitude.

Unlike conventional pink gins laden with artificial additives and sugars, Punk Gin stays true to its craft by using only the freshest ingredients. Handpicked strawberries from Mahabaleshwar, renowned for their exquisite flavor, are meticulously macerated with Nao Spirits' classic London Dry Gin for 48 hours. A hint of dried hibiscus flowers adds a touch of brightness and acidity, resulting in a champagne-pink gin bursting with freshness.

Punk Gin offers a sensory journey with every sip. Fresh and vibrant strawberry notes greet the palate, followed by hints of lemon peel, black pepper, and juniper on the finish. This delightful combination makes Punk Gin the perfect companion for warm summer days and balmy evenings.

image

Anand Virmani, Co-founder and CEO of Nao Spirits, says “Pink Gins are all the rage, but most pink gins have artificial flavouring, colour and lots of sugar, bearing little semblance to a real gin. As the pioneering craft gin brand in India, we use every opportunity to guide the category forward and set the right example for what it means to be ‘craft’. That is exactly what we did with Punk Gin – stuck to our principles in a fast-growing and competitive landscape by using fresh ingredients and taking Pink Gin back to its origins and showcasing what it was really intended to be.”

Punk Gin is currently available in Goa and Karnataka, with plans for expansion to Haryana. To fully appreciate its flavors, enjoy Punk Gin with tonic water and garnish with a slice of fresh strawberry, accompanied by a basil leaf or sprig of rosemary. Remember to refrigerate Punk Gin to preserve its freshness and vibrant taste.

As the Indian gin scene continues to evolve, Nao Spirits remains at the forefront of innovation and excellence. With Punk Gin, they invite gin enthusiasts to embrace the spirit of rebellion and indulge in a truly refreshing experience. Join the revolution and discover the bold flavors of Punk Gin today.

Stay up-to-date with the latest Hospitality news and trends in the Hospitality industry!

Subscribe to Hospitality news e-magazine for free and never miss an issue.

By clicking subscribe for free you agree to the Terms & Conditions and acknowledge our Privacy Policy.

Advertise With Us

We have various options to advertise with us including Events, Advertorials, Banners, Mailers, etc.