Shinjiro Torii, the founder of the Suntory company, was a pharmaceutical wholesaler importing liquor from the West before he was inspired to create a uniquely Japanese whisky. In 1923 he built the country's first malt whisky distillery (the first of its kind outside of Scotland) on a site in the Vale of Yamazaki outside Kyoto where pure water, a diverse climate and high humidity made it an ideal environment for whisky production and maturation. To complete the formula, Torii hired Masataka Taketsuru (of Nikka fame) who had studied the art of distilling in Scotland. In 1929, the company introduced Suntory Shirofuda (Japanese for white label), Japan's first genuine domestically produced whisky. The whiskies have become more and more sophisticated over the decades, in particular the older bottling's under the Yamazaki label.
Made from 100% malted barley, this 12 year old expression is Japans premiere aged single malt with a delicate and elegant taste that makes it a superbly drinkable whisky. With layers of complex aromas. It continues to capture the hearts of whisky lovers the world over. Sweet vanilla and fruity notes derived from white oak casks are accented with fine aromas of spirits aged in sherry and Japanese oak casks.
90 Points - Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2018 "A complex and satisfying malt."
Gold - San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2014, 2011
Double Gold - San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2013
Tasting Note: Pure gold colour. Nose; peach, pineapple, grapefruit, clove, candied orange vanilla and Japanese oak. Coconut, cranberry and butter on the palate. Sweet ginger, cinnamon, long finish.