The House of Suntory introduces the oldest single malt whisky in its history – the Yamazaki 55. Bottled in 2020, the $60,000 Japanese whiskey celebrates the “Showa” era of the 1960s that represented a major period of change for the House of Suntory. Beam Suntory, will donate $5,000 for every bottle released in this year’s 100-bottle collection, totaling $500,000, to The White Oak Initiative, a group committed to the long-term sustainability of America’s white oak forests.
This blend of precious single malts includes components distilled in 1960 under the guidance of Suntory’s founder Shinjiro Torii and then aged in Mizunara casks. In 1964, it was distilled under the supervision of Suntory’s Second Master Blender Keizo Saji and then aged in White Oak casks. Suntory’s Fifth-Generation Chief Blender Shinji Fukuyo worked closely with Third-Generation Master Blender Shingo Torii in deploying their signature art of blending to expose the exceptional depth, complexity, and wisdom that is Yamazaki 55. The resulting expression emits aroma of sandal wood and well-ripened fruit; sweet, slightly bitter and woody palate; and slightly bitter yet sweet and rich finish.
Yamazaki 55 is presented in a crystal bottle decorated with the word “Yamazaki” which was engraved in calligraphy using the technique of sandblasting and featuring real gold dust and lacquer on the age marking. The bottle’s opening is wrapped in handmade Echizen washi paper and bound with a Kyo-kumihimo plaited cord. Each bottle is housed in a bespoke box made from native Japanese Mizunara wood and coated with Suruga lacquer.
Extremely limited quantities of Yamazaki 55, of which 100 bottles were initially released in Japan in 2020, will reach select global markets including the United States, the United Kingdom, Mainland China and Taiwan later this month.