Suntory’s flagship distillery, Yamazaki was founded by Shinjiro Torii in 1923. The town of Yamazaki was chosen to be the site of Japan’s first commercial distillery due to its very ‘Scottish’ climate, and with it being an area where three rivers converge. In its early days, Yamazaki produced both malt and grain for Suntory's blends, but the opening of the Chita distillery in 1972 allowed the company to focus on its single malt brand. It is now one of the world's most desirable. The first spirit ran from the stills in 1924, on 11th November at 11:11am.
Launched in 1999, the 25 year old Yamazaki is one of the most sought after releases in Japanese whisky.
This is the 2021 revamp of the age-statement which introduced a new recipe and label design. Formerly a sherry-cask single malt, the whisky is now vatted from American, Spanish and Japanese mizunara oak, harmonising it with the 12- and 18-year old core range Yamazaki expressions. The distillery's master blender, Shinji Fukuyo, said his inspiration for the new recipe was the limited edition Yamazaki 1984 single malt created to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Yamazaki and the 110th anniversary of Suntory.
The label is printed on mulberry Echizen paper, handmade through a traditional Japanese process of drying the sheets on wood boards.