In 1923, Suntory’s founder Shinjiro Torii began constructing Japan’s first whisky distillery in Yamazaki in the outskirts of Kyoto. Known since ancient times as Minaseno and famed for its excellent water, this district became the birthplace of Japanese whisky. In 1973, Suntory built another distillery in Hakushu at the foot of Mt. Kaikomagatake in the Southern Japan Alps. It developed an unparalleled variety of malt whiskies and highly refined techniques in these two utopias of whisky, and brought to market such products as YAMAZAKI single malt whisky, HAKUSHU and HIBIKI blended whisky. The superior quality of Yamazaki single malt whisky is highly acclaimed the world over as evidenced by a growing list of awards from prestigious international spirits competitions.
Hakushu means “white sand banks” named after the mineral depoists in the streams that feed the distillery. Hakush 12 years old is soft, showing an exemplary integration between the peppery smoke and the spicy citrus flavours. Faboulous depth and sheer elegance of flavours. Golden in colour. The aroma is fragrant forest leaves and citrus. The palate is creamy, fruity and rounded palate. Long, dry and slightly smoky on the finish.