Water: Underground water from Mt.Tennoh
Yamazaki Distillery was the first whisky distillery built in Japan (1923). The first domestic whisky "Suntory Shirofuda" (blended) went on sale in 1929.
The distillery is situated at the foot of Mt. Tenzan on west-east of Kyoto where three rivers meet to form the River Yodo just south of the distillery. The well water in this district is famous for its good character despite its location between the two big cities of Osaka and Kyoto.
The Distillery has six pairs of stills each pair consisting of one wash still and one spirit still numbered in pairs 1 to 6.
In 2005 Suntory replaced three pairs of stills No 1, No2, and No4. The new stills are smaller than the stills they replaced and all have a different still shape.
No1 pair of Stills have straight necks with the lyne arm of the wash still slanted sharply downward for a heavier spirit.
No2 pair of stills both have boil balls in the necks for a lighter spirit.
No4 pair of stills have wide and straight necks for a well balanced spirit.
The Distillery offers a good visitor centre and shop. Visitors can try Yamazaki 12 year old malt whisky for free. However their whisky tasting house "Yamazaki Whisky Kan" by the distillery has a wide range of cask samples so that visitors can try them at reasonable prices.
Yamazaki Japanese Single malt whisky:
Yamazaki 10 year old 40%,
Yamazaki Tarudashi Genshu 10 year old
Yamazaki Tarudashi Genshu 1993
Yamazaki 12 year old 43%,
Yamazaki 12 year old Watami President Choice
Yamazaki 12 year old Plum Liqueur Cask Finish
Yamazaki Tarudashi Genshu 15 year old
Yamazaki 15 year old ‘80th Anniversary’
Yamazaki 18 year old 43%,
Yamazaki 25 year old
Yamazaki 35 year old
Yamazaki 50 year old
The Cask of Yamazaki 1979, 1990, 1991, 1993
Yamazaki 1982, 1984,
Yamazaki 1993 ‘NBA Osaka Kita Private Choice’
Yamazaki ‘The Owners Cask’ 1995/2006
Yamazaki ‘Vintage Malt’ 1979, 1980, 1986, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1995