Yamazaki distillery

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Barrels in Yamazaki distillery
Barrels in Yamazaki distillery
Region: Japan
  • Yamazaki 5-2-1,
  • Shimamoto-cho, Mishima-gun,
  • Osaka, 618-0001
  • Japan
Coordinates 34°53′35.5″N 135°40′28.4″E / 34.893194°N 135.674556°E / 34.893194; 135.674556Coordinates: 34°53′35.5″N 135°40′28.4″E / 34.893194°N 135.674556°E / 34.893194; 135.674556
Owner Suntory
Founded 1923 (1923)
Founder Shinjiro Torii
Status Active
Number of stills
  • 6 wash stills
  • 6 spirit stills
Website Suntory Yamazaki Distillery

Yamazaki distillery (Japanese: 山崎蒸溜所 Hepburn: Yamazaki jōryūsho?) is a Japanese whisky distillery located in Shimamoto, Osaka Prefecture, Japan. Opened in 1923, and owned by Suntory, it was Japan's first commercial whisky distillery. Seven thousand bottles of unblended malt whisky are on display in its "Whisky Library".

Styles of whisky[edit]

There are three primary variants of Yamazaki whisky:

  • Yamazaki Single Malt 12-Year-Old whisky
  • Yamazaki Single Malt 18-Year-Old whisky
  • Yamazaki Single Malt 25-Year-Old whisky

There are also other offerings outside of the US (which are the 12yr, 18yr, and 1984 which is limited to 300/2500 bottles), such as a 10-, 25-, 35- and a 50-year-old. Some offerings are dated such as 1980, 1984, 1993, and lastly Puncheon and sherry offerings.


Spirit ratings organizations, such as the Beverage Testing Institute and the San Francisco World Spirits Competitions, have reacted favorably to Yamazaki's offerings. Most notably, the 18-Year has earned six consecutive double gold medals at the San Francisco Spirits Competitions between 2008 and 2013. Ratings aggregator Proof66.com places the Yamazaki 18-Year in the 97th percentile among its rated whiskies.[1]

Yamazaki 25 Year Old was awarded "Best Japanese Single Malt" at the 2013 World Whisky Awards.[2] Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2015 awarded Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013 the title of World Whisky of the Year.[3]




  • Buxton, Ian (2012). 101 World Whiskies to Try Before You Die. Edinburgh: Hachette Scotland. pp. 78–79. ISBN 9780755363193. 

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