In less than a century old and with only a handful of distilleries, today, Japanese whiskies are becoming increasingly popular and in a unique style of their own. From light and precise to smoky and fat, its malts and blends offer a world of whisky in miniature.
The burgeoning whisky Japanese industry has been largely attributed to its two founding fathers: Shinjiro Torii and Masataka Taketsuru. Shinjiro established the Suntory brand, founding the first distillery in Japan in 1923, Yamazaki in the Vale of Yamazaki. Taketsuru founded Yoichi on Hokkaido eleven years later.