Yamazaki is Suntory's flagship single malt whisky, from Japan's first and oldest malt distillery. Elegant and smooth with lovely spice complemented by lovely spices, citrus and a touch of honey.
The Yamazaki distillery, Japan’s first malt whisky distillery, has greatly contributed to establishing the celebrated reputation that Japanese whisky has around the world over the years with its high-quality single malt expressions. Back in 1923, Shinjiro Torii chose the Vale of Yamazaki as the place where he would build his whisky distillery for its supply of good water and a favourable climate for maturation. Torii had already made a name for himself selling sweet wines and importing European wines to Japan as the Kotobukiya Company (which would eventually become Suntory), but whisky was not a drink enjoyed by many in the country back then. Nevertheless, Torii was determined and the first spirit ran from the Yamazaki stills in 1924. Masataka Taketsuru helped to build Yamazaki and worked there for some years before leaving to start Nikka.
Yamazaki’s whiskies have received their fair share of awards; the Yamazaki 12 Year Old was the first Japanese whisky to be given a Gold Medal at the International Spirits Challenge in 2003 and the Yamazaki 1984 was crowned the Supreme Champion Spirit at the International Spirits Challenge 2010, selected from every entrant of all categories. Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2013 was named Jim Murray’s World Whisky of the Year in his 2015 Whisky Bible to much acclaim.