Japanese drinks group Suntory has released its award-winning Hibiki 12-year-old whisky into the UK, claiming it is "mellower and smoother than any other premium 12-year-old whisky in the world".

The newcomer, voted the world's best blended whisky at last year's World Whisky Awards, will arrive in independent drinks retailers this week, rsp £39.99 to £42.99.

According to brand owner Suntory, Hibiki's smooth taste derives from the bamboo charcoal filtration process used to produce it.