About

From our century-old history rooted in Japanese culture and nature, to our spirits made with the finest attention to detail and craft, we invite you to explore the rich legacy of House of Suntory.

Shinjiro Torii, founder of the House of Suntory

Who we are

The House of Suntory is a House of Japanese artisans, crafting world-class spirits, inspired by Japanese nature and mastered with Japanese craft. In addition to our luxury brands Yamazaki, Hakushu, Chita and Hibiki, we also have Suntory Whisky Toki, Roku Gin and Haku Vodka as premium offerings. We do more than create high-quality spirits; we embody the Japanese philosophy and traditions that are a full expression of everything we make.

Celebrating 100 Years of Fine Japanese Whisky

At House of Suntory, we’ve been pioneering fine Japanese whisky since 1923. It took 100 years of refining our craft and passing it down through generations to create the whiskies we make today. We invite you to join us on this celebratory journey.

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Celebrating 100 Years of Suntory Whisky
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Our History

At House of Suntory, we’ve been pioneering fine Japanese whisky since 1923, and invite you to celebrate this exciting milestone with us. The House of Suntory was built on a singular dream – founder Shinjiro Torii wanted to enrich the lives of the Japanese people, and so he grew into an entrepreneur, maker and doer. Inspired by the riches of Japan’s nature, he chose the Yamazaki area for its reputed soft water, unique climate and beautiful seasons—all of which would contribute to the distinctive Japanese character of Suntory whiskies.

Shinjiro achieved his dream to “create an original Japanese Whisky blessed with the riches of Japanese nature and ‘Monozukuri’ craftsmanship.” Today, that vision continues, and The House of Suntory now represents a House of Japanese Culture—a rich experience and homage to Japan in every bottle, ready to be discovered by the world as we enter our second millennium. 

Whisky bottle and glass with ice overlooking Japanese rock garden

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“I have a dream to create a truly Japanese Whisky, that one day would surpass the quality levels of the Western spirits.”

Shinjiro Torii

Our People

The best Japanese artisans never add or take away, only heighten the beauty and spirit that lives deep within every ingredient. At every stage in creating the whisky, this relationship between their craft, nature and humility inspires their uncompromising pursuit of taste.

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As a member, you’ll discover what makes House of Suntory so special. Embark on a cultural journey through the heart of Japan, and gain access to Suntory distillery news, members-only content, be among the first-to-know about limited-edition releases, and get priority consideration for invitations to consumer events in key cities.

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Craft and Philosophy

Suntory spirits embody the harmony that exists between Japanese nature and Japanese people. This unique fusion establishes our craft as an art form.

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Recognition of Excellence

Japanese Whisky Trophy: Hibiki 30 Years Old
INTERNATIONAL SPIRITS CHALLENGE, 2023

Supreme Champion Spirit: Yamazaki 25 Years Old
INTERNATIONAL SPIRITS CHALLENGE, 2023

Japan Gin of the Year: Gold
NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL SPIRITS COMPETITION, 2019

2019 Ultimate Spirits Challenge: Finalist (92 Points)

2019 Wine Enthusiast: Best Buy (93 Points​)

Distiller of the Year: House of Suntory
WHISKY MAGAZINE’S ICONS OF WHISKY, 2017

Distiller of the Year: House of Suntory
INTERNATIONAL SPIRITS CHALLENGE, 2014

Distiller of the Year: House of Suntory
INTERNATIONAL SPIRITS CHALLENGE, 2013

The Tasting Panel Magazine Distillery of the Year: House of Suntory
SAN FRANCISCO WORLD SPIRITS COMPETITION, 2013

Distiller of the Year: House of Suntory
INTERNATIONAL SPIRITS CHALLENGE, 2012

Distiller of the Year: House of Suntory
INTERNATIONAL SPIRITS CHALLENGE, 2010

Whisky Distiller of the Year: House of Suntory
WHISKY MAGAZINE’S ICONS OF WHISKY, 2010
 

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Explore the spirits of the House of Suntory

Our quintessentially Japanese spirits are crafted with a relentless pursuit of perfection, meticulous attention to detail, and commitment to quality.

Old fashioned glass of House of Suntory whisky over large round hand-cut ice cube

Our Distilleries

Our distilleries are among the most unique in the world, with true artisanship and precise methods cultivated over generations.

View down the hall of the House of Suntory distillery with walls lined with barrels