Suntory began in 1899 when Shinjiro Torii founded the Torii Shoten store in Osaka. Over the next decade he developed a range of aged Japanese spirits, but also dreamed of creating an original Japanese whisky. In 1923 he realised that dream when he founded the Yamazaki Distillery, Japan’s first single malt whisky distillery on the outskirts of Kyoto.
By 1937 Suntory was well established, and Japan”s love affair with whisky had begun. In 1973 Shinjiro”s son Keizo Saji decided to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Japanese whisky-making and push the boundaries of Japanese whisky, building the Hakushu Distillery – in the following decades Suntory has added the Single Malt Yamazaki 1984, Suntory Hibiki in 1989, followed by the Single Malt Hakushu in 1994.
Yamazaki is Suntory’s flagship single malt, multi-layered with fruit and Mizunara aroma. From Yamazaki was born the surprising, delicate yet profound experience of a Japanese single malt. Spiritual and deep, its signature multi-layered taste is highly praised by whisky connoisseurs all over the world.