The early history of Japanese whisky is pretty much the history of Suntory.
Suntory, for a long time called Torii Shoten and then Kotobukiya, did not acquire its present name until after the war. It was the first company in Japan to make whisky.
Nowadays Suntory is a giant in the whisky producing field. It has produced innumerable award winning whiskies for both the domestic and export markets. Of these, both the single malts of Yamazaki and Hakushu often make the headlines.
Since 2014 Suntory creates a new limited edition of the famous Yamazaki single malt every year. The 2016 version has been unveiled a month ago.
The Yamazaki Limited Edition 2016 is a masterpiece. Created by Shinji Fukuyo, Suntory’s Chief Blender and bottled at 43%, this whisky is a young single malts, matured in American oak casks, Bourbon barrels, European oak barrels, Sherry and Port Wine casks. Some of it has been aged for over 20 years.