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 Pure Malt Whisky is a vatting of 100% malt whiskies which have been aged in imported bourbon casks, imported sherry casks and native Mizunara oak barrels. Hatozaki Pure Malt has a rich profile of sweet cereals and malty dried fruit with a light touch of smoke and honey on the finish.