Suntory Whiskey 3D-milled ice cubes that are works of art

Do you take your whiskey on the rocks? And no, I’m not talking about whiskey stones; I’m talking about ice cubes. In Suntory Whiskey‘s latest campaign, they teamed up with Japanese ad agency TBWA\Hakuhodo to offer something more than your standard ice cubes. 

3D Statue of Liberty ice cube
3D-milled Palace ice cube by Suntory Whiskey

Suntory Whiskey is offering the world’s first 3D-milled ice cubes. Each creation is the result of a time-consuming modelling process, where ice cubes are carved to the smallest detail with a precision drill. The effort made to turn each ice cube into a work of art could be equivalent to the brand’s work in creating a one-of-a-kind whiskey; one that requires an understanding and precision.

3D-milled Shark ice cube

To decide which design ideas they would use for their ice, the company opened up voting to the public. The final designs were selected, with those who gave the winning suggestions enjoying a glass of Suntory in a secret bar in Tokyo.

3D Space Shuttle ice cube by Suntory Whiskey
Cool 3D-milled ice cubes resemble an Astronaut & Michelangelo's David

There are those who see the time and effort in creating these ice cubes as a waste — the sculptures will eventually melt away. Yet, most see it as pure obsession with Japanese luxury liquors. Either way, these sculptures are a visual treat. Although I’m not sure how easy it would be to enjoy a drink with the Statue of Liberty’s torch up your nose.

Suntory Whiskey 3D on the rocks

Now that you’ve seen some of ice cube designs by Suntory Whiskey, watch the video below to see how they were created.

If you’re still interested in 3D applications for your food and drink, check out this laser-cut pasta typography.


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