Yamazaki distillery

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Yamazaki distillery (Japanese: 山崎蒸溜所, Hepburn: Yamazaki jōryūsho) is a Japanese whisky distillery located in Shimamoto, Osaka Prefecture, Japan. Opened in 1923, and owned by Suntory, it was Japan's first commercial whisky distillery. Seven thousand bottles of unblended malt whisky are on display in its "Whisky Library".

Barrels in Yamazaki distillery
Barrels in Yamazaki distillery
Region: Japan
  • Yamazaki 5-2-1,
  • Shimamoto-cho, Mishima-gun,
  • Osaka, 618-0001
  • Japan
Coordinates34°53′35.5″N 135°40′28.4″E / 34.893194°N 135.674556°E / 34.893194; 135.674556Coordinates: 34°53′35.5″N 135°40′28.4″E / 34.893194°N 135.674556°E / 34.893194; 135.674556
Founded1923 (1923)
FounderShinjiro Torii
No. of stills
  • 6 wash stills
  • 6 spirit stills
WebsiteSuntory Yamazaki Distillery

Styles of whiskyEdit

There are three primary variants of Yamazaki whisky:

  • Yamazaki Single Malt 12-Year-Old whisky
  • Yamazaki Single Malt 18-Year-Old whisky
  • Yamazaki Single Malt 25-Year-Old whisky

There are also other offerings outside of the US such as the 10-, 25-, 35- and 50-year-old whiskies. Some offerings are dated vintages such as 1980, 1984, 1993, and there are also Puncheon and sherry offerings.


Spirit ratings organizations, such as the Beverage Testing Institute and the San Francisco World Spirits Competitions, have reacted favorably to Yamazaki's offerings. Most notably, the 18-Year has earned six consecutive double gold medals at the San Francisco Spirits Competitions between 2008 and 2013. Ratings aggregator Proof66.com places the Yamazaki 18-Year in the 97th percentile among its rated whiskies.[1]

Yamazaki 25 Year Old was awarded "Best Japanese Single Malt" at the 2013 World Whisky Awards.[2] Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2015 awarded Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013 the title of World Whisky of the Year.[3]

See alsoEdit



  1. ^ "Yamazaki 18yr Single Malt Whisky". www.proof66.com. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Yamazaki 25 Year Old wins Best Japanese Single Malt". Archived from the original on 12 May 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  3. ^ Hyslop, Leah (3 November 2014). "Scotland loses out as Japanese whisky named best in the world". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 11 November 2014.


  • Buxton, Ian (2012). 101 World Whiskies to Try Before You Die. Edinburgh: Hachette Scotland. pp. 78–79. ISBN 9780755363193.

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