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Yamazaki

The Yamazaki distillery, Japan’s first malt whisky distillery, has greatly contributed to establishing the celebrated reputation that Japanese whisky has around the world over the years with its high-quality single malt expressions. Back in 1923, Shinjiro Torii chose the Vale of Yamazaki as the place where he would build his whisky distillery for its supply of good water and a favourable climate for maturation. Torii had already made a name for himself selling sweet wines and importing European wines to Japan as the Kotobukiya Company (which would eventually become Suntory), but whisky was not a drink enjoyed by many in the country back then. Never-the-less, Torii was determined and the first spirit ran from the Yamazaki stills in 1924. Masataka Taketsuru helped to build Yamazaki and worked there for some years before leaving to start Nikka.

The first whisky they produced was Shirofuda Whisky in 1929, followed by their Kakubin in 1937, which was very popular indeed (and still available in its distinctive tortoise-shell bottle today!). It wasn’t until 1984 that the distillery (now with Torii’s second son Keizo Saji at the helm) released their very first Yamazaki Japanese single malt whisky - the Yamazaki 12 Year Old. In the late 1980s, the distillery was renovated - they were back in action in 1989, newly kitted out with wooden and stainless steel washbacks alongside directly and indirectly heated stills.

In the 1990s, the popularity of Yamazaki’s whisky grew and new expressions were introduced. This included the Yamazaki 18 Year Old in 1992, the Yamazaki 10 Year Old in 1995 and the Yamazaki 25 Year Old (released to mark the 100th anniversary of Suntory). In 2006, third generation Master Blender Shingo Torii switched production of Yamazaki’s whiskies to smaller pot stills, and in 2013 the distillery underwent an expansion to install four more still - Yamazaki is now home to 12 stills of three different varieties. This allows them to create whiskies with different flavour profiles, which is useful for blending, as Suntory and Nikka own the biggest distilleries in Japan, and there is little exchange between them.

Yamazaki’s whiskies have received their fair share of awards - the Yamazaki 12 Year Old was the first Japanese whisky to be given a Gold Medal at the International Spirits Challenge in 2003 and the Yamazaki 1984 was crowned the Supreme Champion Spirit at the International Spirits Challenge 2010, selected from every entrant from all categories. Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2013 was named Jim Murray’s World Whisky of the Year in his 2015 Whisky Bible to much acclaim.

Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016

70cl, 48%

With the 2013 release having been named World Whisky of the Year in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2015, this is a hugely anticipated release of Sherried Japanese whisky. Just 5,000 of these sought-after…  More info

Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016
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$3064.82

The Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky - Distiller’s Reserve

70cl, 43%

Released in Spring 2014, this is one of two Distiller's Reserve single malt whiskies from Suntory in Japan. This single malt from the Yamazaki distillery is jam-packed with superb red berry notes,…  More info

The Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky - Distiller’s Reserve
30
$51.73

Yamazaki 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%

A 10 year old single malt from the Yamazaki distillery, aged in bourbon barrels. A lovely fruity dram, quite floral.  More info

Yamazaki 10 Year Old
11
$43.68

Yamazaki 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%

This 12 year old from Yamazaki first came onto the market in 1984 and was the first seriously marketed Japanese single malt whisky.  More info

Yamazaki 12 Year Old
78
$94.91

Yamazaki 18 Year Old

70cl, 43%

An award winning Japanese single malt, Yamazaki's legendary 18 year old earned a Gold at the 2007 International Spirits Challenge and a Double Gold at the 2005 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.  More info

Yamazaki 18 Year Old
59
$211.31

Yamazaki 1984

70cl, 48%

A very rare, very exclusive vintage, Yamazaki 1984 was matured in American, European and Japanese Mizunara oak and it was awarded a Gold at the International Spirits Challenge.  More info

Yamazaki 1984
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Yamazaki 25 Year Old

70cl, 43%

Yamazaki's astonishing 25 year old, aged in the finest Sherry casks for the entire maturation period to produce a fragrant, sherried, fruity, oaky masterpiece. Yummers.  More info

Yamazaki 25 Year Old
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$1426.67

Yamazaki 50 Year Old

70cl, 57%

Strictly one per customer Allow us to introduce the rarest and oldest Japanese single malt whisky of all time. Packaged impeccably and aged in the very finest Japanese Mizunara oak, this is a true…  More info

Yamazaki 50 Year Old
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$10568.28

Yamazaki 60 Months Old (Rare Bottling)

75cl, 43%

An incredibly rare, "60 month old" Yamazaki single malt from Suntory bottled for the Japanese market. A real collector's piece.  More info

Yamazaki 60 Months Old (Rare Bottling)
$211.31

Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel 2011 (48%)

70cl, 48%

This is a rare bottling of Yamazaki single malt whisky aged in bourbon barrels and released as part of their Cask Collection series (which also includes whisky matured in Sherry casks, puncheons and…  More info

Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel 2011 (48%)

Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel 2011 (48.2%)

70cl, 48.2%

A delicious Yamazaki released in 2011. This was aged entirely in first fill bourbon barrels, and it's a limited edition of just 1,000 bottles for the UK market. Very tasty!  More info

Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel 2011 (48.2%)

Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel 2012 (48%)

70cl, 48%

This is the staggering 2012 edition of Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel - a rich Japanese single malt aged exclusively in ex-bourbon casks. Very creamy and, at 48%, rather intense too!  More info

Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel 2012 (48%)

Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel 2012 (48.2%)

70cl, 48.2%

In 2012 Yamazaki decided to release de-construct their Japanese Single Malt Whisky so you can appreciate the various types of casks used to make their award-winning malt. This bottle is the Bourbon…  More info

Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel 2012 (48.2%)

Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel 2013 (48%)

70cl, 48%

From Yamazaki, the oldest distillery in Japan, comes the 2013 release of their bourbon barrel-matured single malt whisky. It's made from carefully selected Yamazaki malts which have all been aged in…  More info

Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel 2013 (48%)
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Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel 2013 (48.2%)

70cl, 48.2%

From the 2013 Yamazaki Cask Collection release comes a Japanese single malt whisky aged in bourbon barrels. This maturation has imparting gorgeous notes of vanilla and honey, with a subtle touch of…  More info

Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel 2013 (48.2%)
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Yamazaki Mizunara 2012

70cl, 48%

Mizunara is a type of oak tree found in Japan and Yamazaki mature a portion of their Japanese Single Malt Whisky in Mizunara and blend this whisky into their various bottlings. The Yamazaki Mizunara…  More info

Yamazaki Mizunara 2012
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Yamazaki Mizunara 2013

70cl, 48%

2013 marks the 90th anniversary of the Yamazaki distillery, which opened in 1923. What better way to celebrate than with another year of their very popular Cask Collection? This is the 2013 release…  More info

Yamazaki Mizunara 2013
1
$1579.96

Yamazaki Puncheon 2011

70cl, 48%

A more recent addition to the Yamazaki line, Puncheon is bottled at the higher strength of 48%, and it was matured in a large 480 litre puncheon cask, which affords the whisky a slower maturation…  More info

Yamazaki Puncheon 2011

Yamazaki Puncheon 2012

70cl, 48%

Yamazaki have matured this Japanese Single Malt Whisky in a Puncheon cask which at 480 litres in larger than the 230 litre Hogshead casks more often used. The result is that the whisky matures much…  More info

Yamazaki Puncheon 2012

Yamazaki Puncheon 2013

70cl, 48%

The Yamazaki distillery matured the whisky for this release in Puncheon casks, which are much, much larger than your regular hogshead cask. A Hoggie will hold 230 litres, whereas the mighty Puncheon…  More info

Yamazaki Puncheon 2013
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Yamazaki Sherry 2012

70cl, 48%

This is a sherry cask matured Japanese Single Malt Whisky from Yamazaki. Rather than blending a selection of different cask types together, Yamazaki have just selected whisky matured in ex-Sherry…  More info

Yamazaki Sherry 2012
$68.63

Yamazaki Sherry Cask

70cl, 48%

A wonderfully full bodied malt from Yamazaki. This was aged in first fill Oloroso sherry butts for around 12 to 15 years. A limited release of 16,000 bottles.  More info

Yamazaki Sherry Cask

Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2013

70cl, 48%

This 2013 release of Yamazaki no-age statement single malt Japanese whisky which has been matured solely in sherry casks, released as part of their annual Cask Collection range. The whisky from…  More info

Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2013
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