Exploring Japanese Whisky: The Legacy of Suntory

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Japanese whisky has been making waves globally, captivating the palates of enthusiasts and collectors alike. At The Epicurean Trader, we take pride in offering an exquisite selection of Japanese whiskies, including the renowned Suntory line, embodying our commitment to quality and craftsmanship.

History of Japanese Whisky


Japanese whisky has a storied history, beginning with the introduction of whisky-making techniques from Scotland. Early pioneers like Masataka Taketsuru, who studied the art of whisky-making in Scotland, and Shinjiro Torii, who founded Suntory, played pivotal roles in establishing Japanese whisky.


Shinjiro Torii, inspired by Scottish methods, established Japan's first malt whisky distillery, Yamazaki, in 1923. This marked the beginning of Suntory's journey, combining traditional techniques with Japan's unique climate and resources.

Suntory's Heritage  

Suntory is one of Japan's oldest and most respected whisky producers. Their dedication to craftsmanship and innovation has made them a symbol of Japanese whisky excellence.

Distillation and Craftsmanship

Traditional Techniques  

Japanese whisky distillation mirrors Scottish methods, emphasizing meticulous attention to detail and quality. From malting and mashing to fermentation and distillation, each step is carefully executed.

Suntory’s Unique Approach  

Suntory blends traditional techniques with innovative practices, creating distinct and nuanced flavors. Their use of varied cask types, including Mizunara oak, imparts unique characteristics to their whiskies.

Quality and Ingredients  

Suntory’s commitment to natural ingredients and precise processes ensures the highest quality whisky. The pure waters of Japan and carefully selected grains contribute to the refined taste of Suntory whiskies.

Types of Suntory Japanese Whisky


Yamazaki is Suntory's flagship single malt whisky. Known for its rich and complex flavor profile, Yamazaki offers notes of dried fruit and spice, with a long, elegant finish. Explore Yamazaki 12 Year.


Hakushu, another single malt from Suntory, is celebrated for its fresh and herbal taste. Distilled in the Japanese Alps, it brings a unique, crisp character to the table.


Hibiki is Suntory's premium blended whisky, known for its harmonious blend of flavors. It combines malt and grain whiskies from Suntory’s distilleries, resulting in a complex and balanced profile.


Toki is a versatile blended whisky from Suntory, ideal for cocktails. It offers a smooth and accessible taste, making it perfect for both newcomers and connoisseurs.

Tasting Notes and Pairings


Yamazaki offers a deep and layered experience. Its rich notes of dried fruit and spice pair wonderfully with aged cheeses and dark chocolate.


Hakushu’s fresh, herbal notes complement dishes like sushi and sashimi, enhancing the delicate flavors of Japanese cuisine.


Hibiki's balanced profile pairs well with a variety of foods, from roasted meats to rich desserts, making it a versatile choice for any meal.


Toki’s smooth and accessible taste makes it an excellent base for cocktails. Try it in a highball with soda and a twist of lemon for a refreshing drink.

The Rise of Japanese Whisky Globally

Awards and Recognition  

Suntory whiskies have garnered numerous international awards, solidifying their reputation for excellence. Their accolades reflect the meticulous craftsmanship and quality that define Japanese whisky.

Global Demand  

The global demand for Japanese whisky has surged, driven by its unique flavors and artisanal production methods. Suntory remains at the forefront, meeting the growing appreciation for Japanese whisky worldwide.

Where to Buy Suntory Japanese Whisky

At The Epicurean Trader, we are proud to offer a curated selection of Japanese whiskies. Visit our locations to explore our range in person, or browse our menu and order online. Discover our Japanese whisky collection, including Suntory Yamazaki 12 Year, Kurayoshi Distillery The Matsui Sakura Cask, and Nikka Whisky Distilling Yoichi.


Suntory's legacy and the distinct qualities of Japanese whisky make it a remarkable choice for any whisky enthusiast. Visit The Epicurean Trader to experience the authentic taste of Japanese whisky and explore our wide range of craft products. Support small-batch producers who bring their goods authentically using traditional techniques and craftsmanship.

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