Yamazaki distillery is located in Shimamoto, Osaka Prefecture in Japan. The distillery was opened in 1923, and it is owned by Suntory, being Japan’s first commercial whisky distillery. Yamazaki 18 year old was the first ever Japanese whisky for me. What a way to start! After this dram, I was yearning for more. Yamazaki 18YO felt like a great combo of Japanese and Scottish whisky know-how.
This single malt whisky has been matured mainly in sherry casks, some bourbon and wee bit in Mizunara oak casks.
KILL BILL VOL. 1 – Mix of craftsmanship
We are talking about a respected distillery and their flagship whisky. Suntory Yamazaki 18YO has won:
- Gold at the 2007 International Spirits Challenge
- Double Gold at the 2005 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Rich with sweet spots, deep smoke and dark textures buried in the palate. Like Western and Eastern craftsmanship clashing together in a good way. Eastern version of Lagavulin or BenRiach, perhaps? Definitely like Kill Bill Vol. 1 – another great mix of two different crafts and cultures.