Yamazaki Japanese Whisky

The Pioneer of Japanese Whisky

Yamazaki® Whisky is Suntory’s flagship single malt, multi-layered with fruit and Mizunara aromas. The history of Japanese whisky is the history of Shinjiro Torii, the founder of Suntory.

In 1923, Shinjiro Torii envisioned a whisky filled with the essence of Japanese nature. Furthermore, he hand-crafted by artisans through a patient process of enhancing the work of nature. In addition, he dreamt of creating subtle, refined, yet complex whisky that would suit the delicate palate of the Japanese. Indeed, he want to enhance their dining experience. In fact, he was Inspired by traditional Scottish whisky. However, Torii envisioned a Japanese approach by choosing a terrain and climate completely different from those of Scotland.

Nevertheless, Torii chose the region of Yamazaki, Kyoto as the birthplace of Japanese whisky. Continue through our timeline to discover the history of Suntory.

1899

Shinjiro Torii founded the Torii Shoten store in Osaka.

1907

Akadama Sweet Wine was launched and became a huge success. In addition, Torii dreamed of creating an original Japanese whisky – uniquely made from Japanese Nature and by her people. She was intrigued by the results of cultivating and maturing liquor in Japan.

Japanese Philosophy

Suntory Whisky embodies the harmony that exists between Japanese nature and Japanese people. This unique fusion establishes Suntory Whisky as an art form.

-From the magnificence of nature in the Land of the Rising Sun and the subtleties of its varied seasons

-The deep source of its pure waters

-From the hands and hearts of its best artisans

-Comes a whisky

-Born from the Japanese way

Speaking to the soul and awakening our senses. Taking us back to where it all began. In addition, Suntory Whisky embodies the harmony that exists between Japanese nature and Japanese people. Suntory Whisky is the fusion of the delicate forces of Japanese nature itself combined with the passion and precision of the best Japanese artisans.

Yamazaki Distillery

In fact, the Yamazaki Distillery is Japan’s first and oldest malt whisky distillery. However, it is established in 1923 by Suntory’s founder Shinjiro Torii. Inspired by traditional Scottish whisky, Torii envisioned a Japanese approach by choosing a terrain and climate completely different to those of Scotland to create a unique kind of whisky. The Yamazaki Distillery is thus the birthplace of Japanese whisky. Nestled proudly on the periphery of Kyoto, this region was formerly referred to as “Minaseno”, where one of the purest waters of Japan originates. Yamazaki is also home to Sen no Rikyu, Master of “The Way of Tea.”

Yamazaki Distillery is where the Katsura, Uji and Kizu rivers converge, providing a unique misty climate and one of Japan’s softest waters. The diversity of this region’s temperature and humidity creates ideal conditions for cask aging, known as the signature “Suntory Maturation”. From Yamazaki was born the surprising, delicate yet profound experience of a Japanese single malt whisky. Spiritual and deep, its signature multi-layered taste is highly praised by whisky connoisseurs all over the world. Today, Yamazaki® Whisky is not only the No.1 single malt whisky in Japan, but is enjoyed in more than 35 countries.