Posted 25 May 2017
In 1923, Yamazaki, Japan's first malt whisky distillery was opened by Shinjiro Torii in Shimamoto, near Osaka. Nearly 100 years later and Yamazaki has become the poster boy for the growing Japanese whisky industry. Bottlings are hard to get hold of and production is struggling to keep up with demand. But, it wasn't always that way - from the 1980's well into the start of the 21st Century, Japanese whisky was both unpopular at home and also largely unheard outside of the country.