Nature plays a very important role for the Japanese. Deep forests, pure waters, mighty mountains and lush greenery characterize the landscape of Japan, which is also inspiration for the production of Suntory Hakushu whisky. The combination of craftsmanship, the riches of nature and the strong devotion, make the production of Suntory Hakushu Whisky - and you will taste it in every drop.
In 1923, Shinjiro Torii decided to make a whisky that was to have a subtle, nuanced yet complex character, just like the soul of Japan. Inspired by the Scotch tradition of whisky distillation, he founded the first distillery in Japan, north of Osaka. In 1937 Torii achieved the big breakthrough with the introduction of the Suntory Kakubin whisky. From now on, Suntory bars have been opened nationwide. With the invention of the "Mizuwari", a whisky-water mixture, Torii revolutionized Japan's whisky tradition and henceforth wrote history with his creations.
Hakushu Distillery: In 1973, Keizo Saji, Torii's son, established the second Suntory distillery. This is undoubtedly one of the highest distilleries in the world. Surrounded by the forests of the Kaikomagatake mountain, it combines the diversity of nature with the unmistakable flavor of Suntory Hakushu whisky.
Hakushu Whisky: Characteristic of this Suntory Hakushu whisky, is its freshness. Gentle herbal notes and its smoky, lively body complete its unmistakable taste.
Due to its popularity, the Suntory Hakushu Whisky has already received many awards worldwide. The "International Spirits Challenge", the "San Francisco World Spirits Competition", and "Whisky Magazine's Icons
Whisky, "Suntory awarded several times to the distillery of the year.The Yamazi 12 years, and Yamazi 18 years, were also awarded several times in the product category gold.
Hakushu Distillery was founded in 1973 in Hokuto at the foot of Kaikomagtake Mountain in Yamanashi Prefecture.
In 1978, the firing capacity of 12 pot stills was doubled to 24 pot stills and in 1981 a new distillery with another 12 pot stills was built. At that time, the Hakushu distillery had the largest burning capacity in the world. In 1994, the Hakushu Single Malt 12 Years comes on the market.
Hakushu produces only single malt whiskys, with malt from Scotland and water from 10 own wells.
Technical information about the Hakushu distillery:
Mash tuns: 1x 130,000 liters made of stainless steel
Gärbottiche: 10x 55,000 liters of cedar (Oregon pine)
Stills: 6 "Wash Still" with 9,000 to 20,000 liters capacity and 6 "Spirit Still" with 3,000 to 12,000 liters of capacity that are heated with steam.
Annual burning capacity: 3 million liters of alcohol