Another fine whisky from Yamazaki, it has fragrant red fruit upfront along with hints of sweet spice from sherry-cask finishing. The use of Japanese oak (Mizunara) adds a heady, aromatic note of sandalwood.
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.