YAMAZAKI: Suntory Yamazaki Distillery

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Suntory Yamazaki Distillery

Read about the full itinerary: Japan Trip 2016: 10D9N Autumn in Kyoto, Osaka, Nara & Arima

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Yamazaki is the birthplace of Japanese whisky, which is also the place where Suntory Yamazaki Distillery located. As a whisky lover, this is one of the must do while we were in Kyoto – a pit stop in Yamazaki. We planned and made our reservation very early, few months before our trip in order to secure ourselves a seat to join and follow the tour. Yep, reservation is highly recommended or else you may not be able to follow their distillery tour and whisky tasting. The tour is around 80 minutes at a fee of ¥ 1,000

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After settling with the entrance fee, we rushed into the hall to join the other members (coz we were late by minutes, phew). This guided tour is fully in Japanese. For foreigner, there will be the audio guide in English, French and Chinese.

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The whisky making process is started with mashing process, by germinating and drying carefully the selected two-rowed barley to produce malt. It is then finely ground and mixed with water in a mash run where the enzymes break down the starch into sugar. It is then filtered to obtain the clear wort. We were told that the water is the key factor in determining the quality of the whisky. Gifted with the lush natural setting over here, Yamazaki is pr