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.
This full-bodied whisky is slowly matured over 18 years in sherry butt casks. It’s a masterpiece with deep-rooted, mature notes. Bright light copper color. Sweet fig, burnt sugar, dried flowers, and peppery spice aromas are complex and inviting. A rich, vibrant entry leads to a robust full-bodied palate of sweet dried fruits, warm chocolate, dark caramel, lavish brown spice, butter roasted nuts and cedar flavors. Finishes with a long, complex fade of fruit, spice, and smoky minerals. Amazingly complex and deep.