In 1923, Suntory’s founder Shinjiro Torii began constructing Japan’s first whisky distillery in Yamazaki in the outskirts of Kyoto. Known since ancient times as Minaseno and famed for its excellent water, this district became the birthplace of Japanese whisky. In 1973, Suntory built another distillery in Hakushu at the foot of Mt. Kaikomagatake in the Southern Japan Alps. It developed an unparalleled variety of malt whiskies and highly refined techniques in these two utopias of whisky, and brought to market such products as YAMAZAKI single malt whisky, HAKUSHU and HIBIKI blended whisky. The superior quality of Yamazaki single malt whisky is highly acclaimed the world over as evidenced by a growing list of awards from prestigious international spirits competitions.
Hakushu means “white sand banks” named after the mineral depoists in the streams that feed the distillery. This deeply fragrant whisky has a refreshing aroma that calls to mind fruit and hay. Its initial sweetness and woodiness harmonizes exquisitely with its complex, rich body. What’s more, the subtly smoky aroma, a hallmark of Hakushu single malts, makes for a pleasant finish. This whisky was crafted for a clean, elegant taste overall.