Last week I was able to get over to the Yamazaki Distillery. I have wanted to take the tour for quite a long time, and it turned out to be a fun afternoon. The factory is located just inside of Osaka prefecture.
They offer a quick 30minute guided tour of the facility, showing how they make their whiskys from start to finish.
The dark, cool, alcohol smelling warehouse full of barrels was huge. The oldest I could find was a 1991:
The distillery is located at the base of a mountain that gives Suntory an endless supply of exceptionally clean spring water.
After the tour, 20minutes of free tasting. Basically, how much can you down in 20mins. My damage:
After the tasting, you are able to spend some time in the “Library”, where 7,000 variety of whisky is displayed from distilleries around the world:
Together in the Library, the bar is housed. I counted 98 variety of whiskys from around the world available, fairly cheap, by the glass for tasting.
I opted to try out the 21y Hibiki blend. Normally $180 a botttle, the 500¥ taste was just right. Check out the full set of pics from my afternoon there.