Shinjiro Torii the founder of Japanese Whisky

Shinjiro Torii

The Founder of Japanese Whisky

Shinjiro Torii, the founder of Japanese whisky, had a vision to create a perfect whisky that reflects the nature of Japan and the spirit of Japanese craftmanship. In 1923, he took the first step toward in realising this vision and he initiated the construction of the Yamazaki Distillery, Japan’s first malt whisky distillery. For over 90 years, Shinjiro’s unswerving passion and outstanding craftmanship have been passed down from generation to generation, who have continued to take Japanese whisky to new heights.

Pursuit of Whisky Distinctive to Japan

Shinjiro Torii believed that nature gives an enormous influence on whisky that is matured over a long period of time. After a persistent search for an ideal environment for whisky making he finally reached the land of Yamazaki on the outskirts of Kyoto where the location is blessed with pure spring water. In 1973, the Hakushu distillery, Suntory’s second distillery was built in the midst of the forest of the Southern Japan Alps. Spirits s produced with Japanese unique pure spring water are matured over years in the subtle change of seasons peculiar to Japan, creating distinctive subtle, refined yet complex flavour unlike any other in the world. Furthermore. Suntory’s whisky making has continued its innovations by the craftsmen who have inherited Shinjiro Torii’s spirit of endless pursuit of perfection.

Whisky Distiller of the Year

Suntory is not only the first distiller in Japan, but also the first Japanese recipient of this prestigious international award. In recognition of its international contribution and passion for whisky making Suntory has won the Distiller of the Year Award at the “International Spirits Challenge 2010″. Suntory’s unceasing challenge has continued, and it won the same award in 2012 and 2013, making Suntory achieve global recognition. Yamazaki, at the foot of Mt Tenno on the outskirts of Kyoto, is the birthplace of Japanese whisky. Yamazaki malt whisky with a long tradition of Yamazaki distillery since 1923 is matured over several beautiful Japanese four seasons; spring with flowers, summer with luxuriant verdure, autumn with red leaves and winter with snow. This single malt whisky is made only from Yamazaki malt whisky carefully selected by its blenders. It has a soft, elegant fragrance, ant its sweet, mellow flavour spreads while the clean aftertaste continues comfortably.

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