In 1923, Yamazaki distillery opened its doors, bringing to life the dream of Shinjiro Torii and marking the start of the House of Suntory – Japan’s first dedicated single malt producer. A century later, this incredible milestone is marked by a range of limited-edition single malts celebrating the legacy of the House of Suntory and its founder.
These are very limited releases and we will be making a small amount available each month between June and October by ballot. You can sign up to receive an email when the ballots go live on each whisky’s page.
A gently smoky single malt that has been matured for at least 12 years in a combination of casks from Hakushu distillery, on the forested slopes of Mount Kaikomagatake. Fresh aromas of acacia honey, ripe grapefruit, leafy herbs and tendrils of smoke fill the nose, followed by layers of sage, vibrant green apples, pineapple, crisp smoke and green citrus throughout the palate.
The label features an illustration of Hakushu distillery in soft shades of leafy green ink, representing the forest surrounding the distillery and reflecting Shinjiro Torii’s dream to make whisky blessed with the riches of Japanese nature.
Matured in a variety of casks for at least 12 years, this limited-edition whisky was made at Japan’s first and oldest malt distillery – Yamazaki. Bottled a century after the distillery was founded and the House of Suntory was born, this single malt offers aromas of juicy peaches, persimmons and vanilla that fill the nose. The palate brings notes of coconut, butter and rich, sweet oak, complemented on the finish by lingering hints of vanilla and caramel.
The label pays tribute to Yamazaki, the birthplace of Japanese whisky, with an illustration of the legendary distillery in deep copper tones.
This centennial release of Hakushu 18 Year Old brings a new angle to peated whisky. Matured in a variety of casks, it is a fresh and gentle single malt with a softly smoky core that brings aromas of green apples, jasmine blossom and sweet peat smoke on the nose. The palate is filled with notes of oven-fresh cookies and vanilla, with waves of lingering sweet smoke on the finish.
The label is adorned with mottled layers of dark greens and gold flecks – reminiscent of sunlight filtering through the canopy of the forest surrounding the distillery and reflecting Hakushu’s distinctive delicate, verdant and smoky style.
A limited-edition single malt with a distinctly Japanese character, this 18-year-old Yamazaki has been matured exclusively in mizunara oak casks. The result is a whisky that captures the delicate character of this rare wood, offering aromas of dark cherries, ripe peaches, cinnamon and nutmeg on the nose. The palate is filled with aromatic notes of clove-studded oranges and Japanese incense, followed by lingering notes of clove, sandalwood and dried coconut.
Though Japanese whiskies are today counted among the finest in the world, this would not be the case without Shinjiro Torii and his work at Yamazaki. From that starting point, Suntory, and those who followed in Torii-san’s footsteps, helped create a new distilling tradition – inspired by Scotland but distinctly Japanese. Click through below to explore more whiskies from House of Suntory, or take a closer look at three spirits born of Torii-san’s legacy: Toki, a blended whisky containing elements from Yamazaki and its sister distilleries Hakushu and Chita; Roku, a gin made with native botanicals; and Haku, a vodka that fuses western tradition and Japanese technique.