Suntory has three distilleries namely Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita distilleries.
Suntory Hakushu is one of the best leaders for Japanese single malts in the global whisky arena and a perennial favourite for aficionados of Japanese whisky.
Suntory, which is the owner of Hakushu distillery, has crafted this whisky to go well with the foods.
Hakushu is a 12 years old distillery and it is soft, it is also showing an exemplary integration between the peppery smoke and the spicy citrus flavours which also has a faboulous depth and sheer elegance of flavours.
Suntory distillery includes three major distilleries Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita distilleries.
The Yamazaki Distillery is first and oldest malt whisky distillery of Japan which was established in 1923 by Suntory’s founder Shinjiro Torii.
Yamazaki distillery was inspired by traditional Scottish whisky, however Torii envisioned a Japanese approach by choosing a terrain and climate which was completely different to those of Scotland to create a unique kind of the whisky.
The Yamazaki Distillery is thus also considered as the birthplace of Japanese whisky.
The Hakushu Distillery was further founded after around fifty year after Yamazaki.
Keizo Saji had inherited his father’s vision in his quest for innovation and thus constructed this second Suntory distillery in the year of 1973.
He had searched all over Japan for high quality of water that could become the most delicately aromatic to produce a kind of whisky that most of the people would love.
The Hakushu Distillery is now considered as one of the highest distilleries in the world.
The major forest that surrounds the Hakushu Distillery shelters has an abundance of plant varieties which reflectis the many expressions of Japanese nature
The malt whiskies which were born here are simultaneously blessed with a very particular verdant forests microclimate and the water offering a rare softness and purity which has only made possible by filtration of rain and snow through thousand-year-old granite rocks.
In the year of 1972, Keizo Saji who is also considered as Suntory’s second Master Blender had taken a momentous step forward for pursuing Shinjiro Torii’s vision for diverse and truly Japanese whiskies which was blessed with the riches of Japanese nature and craftsmanship.
By using mainly corn grain and a continuous multiple column distillation process, the Chita Distillery now makes three types of grain whiskies.
The heavy type grain whisky is distilled through 2 columns, the medium type through 3 columns, and the clean-type through 4 columns.
This diversity is absolutely rare among grain whisky distillers as most of them only produce the heavy type.
Due to the outstanding balance and smoothness of the Chita grain whiskies, these have been traditionally used as the dashi or broth that extended the harmony in Suntory’s renowned blended whiskies.
But however, through many years of research & innovation, the grain whiskies of Chita Distillery have achieved a sophistication and complexity.
All these three Suntory distilleries have their own standard, however Yamazaki distillery is most popular and considered as the birthplace of Japanese whisky.
In the year of 1923, the founder of Suntory, Shinjiro Torii began constructing the first whisky distillery of Japan in Yamazaki in the outskirts of Kyoto.
Yamazaki was known since ancient times as Minaseno and it was famed for its excellent water, this district also became the birthplace of Japanese whisky.
In the year of 1929, the company introduced Suntory Shirofuda (i.e. Japanese for white label), it was first genuine domestically produced whisky in Japan.
Kakubin (i.e. square bottle), which is a premium Japanese whisky, was born in the year of 1937.
In the year of 1973, the company built another distillery in Hakushu at the foot of Mt. Kaikomagatake in the Southern Japan.
Its range is diverse, including the single malts such as Hakushu Yamazaki and Hibiki, these are the Suntory’s flagship blended whisky.
These whiskies have reaped a series of awards in the last couple of years, which attested Suntory’s quality and innovation standing in the global whisky market; At the International Spirits Challenge,
that is one of the world’s most authoritative international liquor competitions, Yamazaki 12 Years won a Gold in the year of 2003.
Hibiki 30 Years has won the 2004 Trophy, (i.e. the highest award in the challenge).
Hakushu 18 Years also captured a Gold Award in the year of 2006.