Suntory Japanese Whisky

Yamazaki Japanese Single Malt Whisky Distillery

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

Yamazaki 5-2-1,
Osaka, 618-0001
TEL: 075 962 1423

Visitors welcome

Tour: A one hour guide tour is available at 10:00A11:00A12:00A13:00A14:00A15:00 (Booking is required to a group over 100 people.)
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Yamazaki Japanese Whisky Distillery

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Yamazaki Japanese Whisky Tasting Notes

Suntory "Yamazaki" 10 year old Single Malt Whisky 40%,

Colour: Brilliant Gold

Body: Medium.

Nose: Dry fruits, malt spicy, cinnamon, vanilla.

Palate: Nutmeg, Cinnamon, fennel, bitter sweet

Finish: Spicy dry, hint of vanilla and honey.


International Wine & Spirits Competition. Silver 2006

Suntory "Yamazaki", 12 year old 43% Single Malt Whisky

Pure Malt Whisky "Yamazaki" uses only 100% malt Whiskies at least 12 years old,
Radiant and noble, its flavor is full-bodied and mellow, and the distinctive woody taste of mature malt induces a pleasant, lingering aftertaste.
We suggest that you first try it straight.

Colour; Gold

Body: Medium

Nose: Fragrant Cedar wood, golden honey, spiced cloves and candied orange peel

Palate: The spiced wood arrives first then dried cranberries with a lasting muddle of orange marmalade and honey sweetness.

Finish; Long lasting with woody overtones.


International Wine & Spirits Competition. Silver 2006

San Francisco World Spirits Silver 2005

International Spirits Challenge 2003. Gold Medal winner

Suntory "Yamazaki" 18 year old Single Malt Whisky 43%,

Colour: Copper Gold

Nose: At first the richness of the sherry and raisins fill the nose then it’s the rich dark maraschino cherries and finally coffee cream chocolate.

Palate: Dark chocolate, rum and raisin toffee with dark coffee beans.

Finish: Long and rich.


International Wine & Spirits Competition Trophy Winner 2008

International Spirits Challenge 2007. Gold Medal Winner.2007

San Francisco World Spirits Competition Double Gold Medal Winner 2005

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