Yamazaki Distillery’s Variety of unblended whisky
At the Yamazaki Distillery, we produce an unparalleled variety of undiluted spiritsin the fermentation, distillation, and aging processes. Particularly in the maturing process, barrels of various types, materials and sizes play an important role in the characterization of the original sake.
In order to fully enjoy the characteristics of these different types of raw materials, we use the following methods The five types of single malt whiskey “Yamazaki” 2020 EDITION. The climate and craftsmanship of Yamazaki have nurtured We hope you will enjoy the unique flavors of each. (From the manufacturer’s website)
- 1. Manufacturer
- 2. Distilleries
- 3. Product name and photo
- 4. Characteristics
- 5. Awards
- 6. Price
- 7. Summary
Suntory Spirits Co.
|Establishment||Established in 1899|
|Head office location||2-3-3 Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo 135-8631, Japan|
Yamazaki Distillery, Hakushu Distillery, Chita Distillery
Ardmore distillery, Glengilly distillery, Auchentoshan distillery, Bowmore distillery, Laphroig distillery
Cooley distillery, Kilbeggan distillery
Jim Beam distillery, Maker’s Mark distillery
Hiram Walker Distillery, Alberta Distillery
Suntory Yamazaki Distillery
|Location||2-1, Yamazaki 5-chome, Shimamoto-cho, Mishima-gun, Osaka 618-0001, Japan|
|Start of operation||1923|
The Yamazaki Distillery was established in 1923 as the first malt whisky distillery in Japan. It was a time when whiskey was still a rare drink for the general public. ” I want to make a Japanese whiskey that suits the delicate taste of the Japanese people. With this passion in his heart, Shinjiro Torii set out to make whiskey.
Shinjiro was particular about the Japanese climate. Water and the environment were especially important to him. Yamazaki is the home of the famous water called Minase no, which was written about in the Manyo poem.
The tea master Sen no Rikyu loved this place and the water was perfect for making whiskey. The natural environment was also perfect.
Yamazaki is located in the southwest of Kyoto, at the foot of Tennozan (Mt. Tenno), where bamboo groves grow thickly, and is rich in nature where you can feel the seasonal changes. Located at the confluence of the Katsura, Uji, and Kizu Rivers, and surrounded by mountains, Yamazaki is prone to thick fog and has a warm and humid climate, which is ideal for maturing whiskey.
Shinjiro decided that Yamazaki was the only place where he could make good whiskey with this water and climate.
Reference: YAMAZAKI MOMENTS
・Suntory Yamazaki Distillery
1923 Yamazaki distillery was built. The first whisky distillery in Japan.
1929 Released the first domestically produced whisky, Shirofuda.
1937 Released ” Kakubin “.
1984 Released single malt whisky ” Yamazaki “.
1992 – Single malt whisky “Yamazaki 18 years” was launched.
1998 – Single malt whisky “Yamazaki 25 years” was launched.
Image credit: Yamazaki Club
For more information on the Yamazaki Distillery, please also see this article.
3. Product name and photo
Single malt whisky ” YAMAZAKI ” SPANISH OAK 2020 EDITION
Concentrated sweetness and acidity from Spanish oak, with rich fruit.
Spanish oak produces malt liquor with a rich aroma because it dissolves more tannins and other substances than the more common American oak. The oak is cut from the forests of northern Spain, and the barrels are made according to strict quality standards. The malt is then laid down for a certain period of time in Spanish oak barrels* used for storing sherry. We hope you enjoy the concentrated sweetness, acidity, and rich fruit aroma of the Spanish oak.
The sherry barrels (barrels used for storing sherry) generally include Spanish oak barrels and American oak barrels, but this product uses only Spanish oak barrels, hence the name “Spanish Oak 2020 EDITION”. (From the manufacturer’s website)
4-1. Tasting Notes
|Aroma||Raisins, dried tomatoes|
|Taste||Concentrated sweetness and acidity|
|Aftertaste||Continued sourness and bitterness|
(Quoted from: Single Malt Whisky “Yamazaki” 2020 EDITION 5 kinds｜Single Malt Whisky Yamazaki｜Suntory )
4-2. Product Specifications
|Alcohol content||48% alcohol by volume|
|Alcohol category||Single malt whisky|
Spanish oak barrels
|Number of bottles sold||
Limited quantity (quantity not disclosed)
|Suggested retail price||12,100 yen (tax included)|
|Release date||November 4, 2020|
No awards have been received at this time.
6-1. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price
|Product name||Single Malt Whisky “Yamazaki” Spanish Oak 2020 EDITION|
|Suggested retail price||12,100 yen (tax included)|
6-2. Resale price on Mercari
The resale price on Mercari is around 138,000 yen to 180,000 yen. (*as of May 10, 2021)
6-3. Sold price on Yahoo Auction
The winning bid price on Yahoo Auction is Lowest price 154,000 yen, highest 199,990 yen, average 171,423 yen (*Statistics for the past 120 days as of May 10, 2021)
6-4. Rakuten, Yahoo Shopping, Amazon
It is also available at mail order sites for around 330,000 yen.(*As of May 10, 2021)
6-5. Price offered at BAR Shinkai
At BAR SHINKAI, which is operated by this website, we offer one drink, 45 ml: 4,290 yen, 30 ml: 2,860 yen, 15 ml: 1,430 yen.
Because of the great influence of oak on the raw spirit, this product was launched under the product name Spanish Oak. In developing this product, we checked past Yamazaki sherry casks and carefully selected and blended the raw materials to achieve a flavor comparable to those casks. We hope you enjoy the rich, smooth and deep taste.
Chief Blender Shinji Fukuyo (from the manufacturer’s website)
The sweet and rich aroma derived from sherry is very characteristic.
In the mouth, you can feel dried fruits and spiciness, and the gorgeous aftertaste continues.
We also have Puncheon, Bordeaux Wine Cask, and Peated Malt available for you to compare.
How about relaxing and de-stressing while feeling the differences in their personalities and the depth of whisky?
We hope you will enjoy it at BAR SHINKAI.
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Lastly: Recommended Books on Japanese Whisky
If you want to learn more about Japanese whisky, which is a global trend, and want to learn more about it, we highly recommend these books.
(1). Japanese Whiskey as an Education for Business
This is a book written by Mamoru Tsuchiya, a world-famous whisky critic and representative of the Whisky Culture Research Institute, titled ” Japanese Whisky as a Culture that Works for Business.
The book covers the basics of whisky, the introduction of whisky to Japan, the birth of Japanese whisky, advertising strategies and the rise of Japanese whisky, and the current rise of craft distilleries. This is a book that summarizes Japanese whisky in a very easy to understand way.
(2023/06/08 11:04:51時点 Amazon調べ-詳細)
(2). Whisky Galore Vol.25 April 2021
The April 2021 issue of Whisky Galore, published by the Whisky Culture Research Institute.
This issue of Whisky Galore, published by the Whisky Culture Research Institute, features the definition of Japanese whisky and a list of 24 distilleries as the latest in Japanese whisky. It also features an interview with Suntory Chief Blender Shinji Fukuyo, making it a must-have for Japanese whisky fans.
(2023/06/08 02:48:44時点 Amazon調べ-詳細)
(3). Whisky Rising
This is the Japanese version of Whisky Risng, published in the US in 2016, with much updated content. Not only does it describe the history of Japanese whiskey in detail, but it also includes data on all the distilleries in Japan, including the craft distilleries that have been founded in recent years. The book also includes descriptions of the legendary bottles that have been released, as well as information on bars where Japanese whiskey can be found.
(2023/06/07 23:45:27時点 Amazon調べ-詳細)
「Japanese Whisky Dictionary」では、記事の英語などへの翻訳を担当している。