Single Malt Japanese Whisky
Yamazaki whisky is one of Suntory’s most well-known single malt whiskies, both in Japan where it is the most popular single malt whisky, and across the world in more than 35 countries. The Yamazaki Distillery is seen as the birthplace of Japanese whisky and is located near Kyoto.
Yamazaki is inspired by traditional Scottish whisky and is influenced by its surrounding nature and climate. Founder Shinjiro Torii believed that the craftsmanship and mastery required to create single malt whisky appropriately reflects the values of the Japanese people and culture, whilst a unique climate, fresh water sources, and natural materials available would combine well in the pursuit of a world-leading whisky.
Yamazaki 55, the oldest single malt whisky in the history of the House of Suntory, was bottled in 2020 in limited numbers.
Whilst Mizunara Casks are now essential to the aging process of Yamazaki, they were first used by chance when it became difficult to import casks during the Pacific War, and so it was decided to use the local Mizunara oak instead.
In the 1920s, local villagers feared Usuke, the monster who was said to eat the barley in the distillery. This was before they realised barley could not be instantly transformed into whisky and instead took years to mature.
Yamazaki is Japan’s first and oldest malt whisky distillery, established in 1923 by Shinjiro Torii. It is named after the suburb of Kyoto and Osaka it is situated in. Yamazaki is most known for its core range – a 12-year-old, an 18-year-old and a 25-year-old – as well as for special releases such as sherry cask and bourbon cask finishes.
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