The Yamazaki 12 YO

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Yamazaki 12 year Old is a pioneering malt in Japan, for which Suntory deserve great credit. In its early days, it was rounded and it is more intense, confident and elegant. 8/10.

--------THE PRODUCER--------

Yamazaki Distillery (Suntory)


Shinjiro Torii founds Torii Shoten and begins to produce and sell wine.

A Pioneer Spirit that Paved the Way for Western Liquors in Japan

Shinjiro sets out to create western-style liquors to suit Japanese palates.


Shinjiro Torii (1879-1962)


Launch of Akadama Port Wine, renamed to Akadama Sweet Wine in 1973

A pioneering new product.  Akadama Port Wine becomes the cornerstone of Suntory



The challenge of creating an original Japanese whisky

Kotobukiya* sets out to create an authentic whisky born from the Japanese climate and suited to Japanese palates.

*Kotobukiya Limited founded in 1921.

Construction of the Yamazaki Distillery in 1923.

Japan's first malt whisky distillery

1929: Launch of Japan's first authentic whisky, Suntory Whisky Shirofuda (white label).


Launch of Suntory Whisky Kakubin (square bottle).  The birth of the beloved Japanese whisky.

This whisky embodies the distinctive flavour suited to Japanese tastes of
which Shinjiro had dreamed.


Launch of Suntory Beer

Keizo Saji moves into the brewing business with the ambitious goal to make the company that sets the bar for continual growth.

Kotobukiya Limited then becomes Suntory Limited.



Hakushu Distillery established.  It is located in the foothills of Mt. Kaikomagatake in Japan's Southern Alps, where cool, clear waters flow
through a pristine forest environment.


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