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.
On the nose you’ll get a beautiful, warm waft of eucalyptus and peppermint, followed by a short sweet note of water melon. There is a sharp twist of lemon Yuzu that is followed by a hint of spices and grapefruit. On the palate the first taste is actually quite refreshing, with notes of cucumber, water melon and peppermint combined. Those notes of lemon start to emerge, along with the grapefruit notes nosed. There is a very light suggestion of peppery spices which quickly dissipate. The finish is very, very smooth, light, sweet but refreshing, with a bit of smoke that lingers till the end.