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Found between Osaka and Kyoto, Yamazaki first opened way back in 1923, when it was the first dedicated whisky distillery to be constructed in Japan. This seismic moment in Japanese distilling history also marked a point of collaboration between the two great founders of Japan’s whisky industry: Masataka Taketsuru, and Shinjiro Torii.
The pair collaborated on the building of Yamazaki, picking out the location for its proximity to two major cities, and the quality of its water, which was praised by the great tea-master Sen no Rikyu. Taketsuru and Torii would later be rivals, when Taketsuru left Torii’s company to create Nikka, and whilst Torii’s operation became the juggernaut of Japanese whisky, Suntory.
Yamazaki itself is an incredibly versatile distillery, using 12 stills of different kinds to create a wide range of spirit. Yamazaki 12 is a classic single malt, bright and fruity, with delicate oaky flavours.
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A complex fruity-floral character with rich nut oils. Jasmine brings floral elegance, alongside aromas of ripe peaches, vivid, brightening orange peel and warm soft vanilla.
Rounded vanilla-honey sweetness, soft floral cherry blossom and candied orange zest. Some subtle drying cedarwood and winter spice adds complexity and balances the sweetness.
Medium length with lingering woody spice, concentrated sweet malt, citrus rind and powerful fruity notes of peaches, pineapple and dried apricots.