Brewing and distillery giant Suntory Holdings Ltd. was among three Japanese businesses invited to promote their products one night in Taipei earlier this month at a party to celebrate Emperor Akihito's birthday on Dec. 23.

The event was organized by the Interchange Association, Japan's de facto diplomatic mission in Taiwan. However, those who attended hoping to sample Suntory's current beverage of note, its single malt Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2013, were disappointed.

Dubbed "World Whisky of the Year" by Jim Murray in his "Whisky Bible 2015," Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2013 has attracted considerable interest among Taiwanese buyers.