According to The Asahi shimbun, Suntory Spirits Ltd. will invest 10 billion yen (US$ 76 million) over two years to upgrade its Yamazaki and Hakushu distilleries and release new canned highball products to mark its 100th anniversary of making whisky.
It plans to introduce the traditional production method of floor malting at both distilleries for some of its products, where workers will spread out barley, the main ingredient for making whisky, on the floor and stir it by hand so it germinates into malt.
This method brings out more aroma than mechanized processes, although Suntory officials have yet to settle on how to use it for marketing purposes. But they hope the experiment will help the company improve the quality of its products overall.
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