Yamazaki: the emperor of Japanese single malts

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Yamazaki: the emperor of Japanese single malts

Between Osaka and Kyoto lies the oldest and most famous Japanese whiskey distillery, now a subsidiary of the giant Suntory firm.

The Yamazaki distillery became known worldwide for its mastery of aging whiskey in mizunara (Japanese oak barrels). In 2014, the Yamazaki Sherry Cask Single Malt was voted ‘best whiskey in the world' by Jim Murray, a world authority, but its blends (like its famous Hibiki) are also regularly awarded in international competitions.

Take advantage of your presence in the Osaka Prefecture to discover this upscale factory, located on a hillside that enjoys a very humid climate—much like the Scottish islands, in short. You will discover the history of this illustrious house, founded in 1923 by Shinjiro Torii and Masataka Taketsuru, who aspired to provide the archipelago with whiskeys that rival those of the Highlands.

Today, the fires of its stills deliver malted beverages of a fine complexity each year, serving as an invitation to learn about these amazing Japanese whiskeys. The tour is free, but the number of places is limited, so remember to book in advance. In the shop, numbered bottles are offered for sale, with a maximum limit per person.

Suntory Yamazaki Distillery
5-2-1 Yamazaki, Mishima-gun
Shimamoto-cho
Osaka Prefecture 618-0001

+81 (0)7 5962 1423

www.suntory.com/factory/yamazaki/