HOUSE OF SUNTORY
House of Suntory has been a leader in the development of Japanese whisky since 1923. Whisky connoisseurs all over the world are in awe of Suntory Whisky's inventions and innovations. The harmony that exists between Japanese nature and Japanese people is embodied by the House of Suntory Whisky artisans. Immerse yourself in the legacy of excellence that is synonymous with Suntory. Experience firsthand why they are revered for their unrivalled spirits that combine tradition and innovation in perfect harmony. Discover all of Suntorys pioneering Japanese whisky, shop the range below.
Discover the rich history and exquisite craftsmanship of Suntory, a renowned House with deep roots in Japanese culture. With a devotion to detail and an unwavering dedication to their craft, Suntory spirits offer an unparalleled sensory experience.
Each spirit is meticulously created by Japanese artisans who draw inspiration from the beauty of nature. Explore their luxurious brands such as Yamazaki, Hakushu, Chita, Hibiki, Suntory Whisky Toki, Roku Gin, and Haku Vodka. These exceptional offerings represent not only high-quality spirits but also embody the essence of Japanese philosophy and traditions.
Since 1923, the House of Suntory has been at the forefront of Japanese whisky production. They invite you to join them in celebrating this remarkable milestone. Founded by Shinjiro Torii with a vision to enhance the lives of the Japanese people, Suntory has grown into an entrepreneurial powerhouse driven by innovation and passion. Guided by Japan's abundant natural resources, including soft water from Yamazaki's renowned region and a unique climate that fosters distinct flavours – Suntory whiskies encapsulate the true spirit of Japan.
CRAFT AND PHILOSOPHY
Suntory spirits embody the harmony that exists between Japanese nature and Japanese people. This unique fusion establishes our craft as an art form.
A DELICATE BALANCE
Drawing inspiration from the awe-inspiring beauty of nature in the Land of the Rising Sun and its ever-changing seasons, as well as from the pure source of its exquisite waters, and the skilled hands and passionate hearts of our artisans, we bring forth a whisky that embodies the essence of Japanese culture. Suntory Whisky speaks directly to your soul, showcasing the true mastery behind Japanese spirits, transporting you to where it all originated.
HARMONY WITH NATURE
In Japan, there is a profound connection with nature; it serves as their ultimate muse and guiding energy. Revering every pebble, raindrop, and seed as vessels for "eight million gods," nameless spirits believed to reside within them. Japan's landscapes are blessed with extraordinary diversity – vast forests, lush greenery, towering mountains, and pristine waters – each enchanted by the richness bestowed upon them by each passing season. Within every drop of Suntory Whisky resides this momentous appreciation for nature.
THE ART OF BLENDING
For nearly a century now, Suntory has been at the forefront of blending whisky using time-honoured traditions infused with elements of innovation handed down through generations. This artistic approach is brought to life through our unparalleled craftsmanship and our commitment to diversity in both creation and blending techniques—crafted over three generations as the pioneering House shaping Japanese Whisky's legacy.
YAMAZAKI. WHERE IT ALL BEGAN IN 1923.
Yamazaki Distillery, located on the outskirts of Kyoto, holds a special place in the world of Japanese whisky. Inspired by Scottish traditions, Torii chose a completely different terrain and climate to create a unique kind of whisky. The region surrounding Yamazaki, formerly known as "Minaseno," is blessed with some of Japan's purest waters that originate from the convergence of the Katsura, Uji, and Kizu rivers.
This area is not only renowned for its whisky production but also for its historical significance as the home of Sen no Rikyu, Master of "The Way of Tea." The misty climate and soft water found here provide ideal conditions for cask ageing, which gives Suntory whisky its distinctive flavour through its signature "Suntory Maturation." Yamazaki Distillery stands apart from others worldwide due to its ability to produce a diverse range of whiskies in one location. This accomplishment is a testament to Suntory's commitment to crafting world-class whiskies tailored to satisfy the delicate Japanese palate.
HAKUSHU. WHERE INSPIRATION CONTINUES.
The Hakushu Distillery, established 50 years after Yamazaki, is a testament to Keizo Saji's commitment to innovation. In 1973, he brought his father's vision to life by constructing the second distillery under the Suntory brand.
Unlike the Yamazaki distillery, Hakushu boasts a unique water source and environment that greatly influence its whisky production process. During fermentation, skilled craftsmen employ wooden washbacks exclusively, harnessing the maturation potential by preserving heat in the cool air surrounding the distillery.
A meticulous selection of pot stills and casks is made to harmonize with Hakushu's high elevation and climate conditions. The result is an exceptional assortment of single malt whiskies showcasing diverse characteristics that truly capture the essence of its surroundings.
CHITA. MISTY SHORES AND GENTLE SLOPES
The Chita Peninsula and its surroundings in the Aichi Prefecture of Japan have a rich history of craftsmanship in fermentation and distillation. The House of Suntory Whisky's Chita distillery, located in this area, stands tall amidst rolling hills and a peaceful seaside atmosphere.
Unlike most distilleries that produce only one type of grain whisky, Suntory's Chita distillery specializes in creating three distinct types of grain whisky using corn. These whiskies undergo ageing in Omi and Hakushu, where unique climates and natural conditions contribute to their exceptional flavours. Additionally, the use of American White Oak casks adds to the complexity and depth that meet the high standards set by the House.