Although the Yonezawa Family has been brewing since 1856., they did not start distilling until 1917. In the build-up to the celebration of 100 years of spirit production, the company decided to replace the old stills with new copper twin pot-stills made by the Scottish firm Forsthy’s. The new facility has been designed to produce Japanese Single Malt Whisky as well as other spirits and has been named The Kaikyo Distillery after the famous Akashi-Kaikyo bridge that lies in front of the distillery. The Kaikyo distillery produces two distinctly different sets of whiskies. Our Hatozaki whiskies are all blended from our maturing barrel stocks lying in our Akashi warehouses. These whiskies both Japanese distilled and imported malts and grain whiskies, vary in age, style and barrel type.
Hatozaki Blended Whisky is a premium blend of whiskies, aged up to 12 years in a barrel with a minimum malt content of content of 40%. We always use our ageing stocks at there finest, so each batch may contain a different proportion of each individual whisky at a different age. It is light in style with a rich backbone of malt whisky character. Cereal notes and a light sweetness on the finish.