Hakushu Whisky

The Verdant Japanese Whisky

From Suntory’s mountain forest distillery established in 1973,nestled deep in Mt. Kaikomagatake, Hakushu Whisky is the delicious and gently smoky single malt whisky with herbal notes that is the revelation of Japanese single malts.

Green bottle of Suntory Hakushu Whisky sitting on gray rocks

The Hakushu Range

Straight from the untouched forests, soft and crisp waters and mountains of the Southern Japanese Alps, it is no wonder that Hakushu is a "green and crisp" whisky. Created by the dream for a new type of whisky of Keizo Saji, the second master blender, the unique taste made in distinct  four seasons in high altitude is praised by the most curious whisky connoisseurs and lovers of gastronomy. The Hakushu range of whiskies, with their crisp and vibrant feel, each one unique in a single malt whisky, will enliven your palate and liberate your senses.

HAKUSHU 18 Years Old Peated Malt
HAKUSHU 12 Years Old


100th Anniversary Limited Edition. The Hakushu 18 Single Malt is made up of carefully selected malt whiskies all aged for a minimum of 18 years in various casks, created in honor of Suntory Whisky's centenary. The Hakushu Distillery blenders work with peat, while naturally softening the palate was using the exceptionally pure mountain water of the area, filtered through ancient granite rocks.


100th Anniversary Limited Edition. The Hakushu 12 Single Malt is made up of carefully selected malt whiskies all aged for a minimum of 12 years in various casks, created in honor of Suntory Whisky's centenary. Nestled deep in Mt. Kaikomagatake, The Hakushu Distillery draws on its unique natural surroundings

Yamazaki and Hakushu bottles with cocktails

Discover the 2024 Tsukuriwake Selection

The 2024 Tsukuriwake Selection explores the full potential of single malt whisky using a fusion of artisanship and experimentation informed by diverse whisky making techniques.

Through the use of barley varieties rarely seen in Japanese whisky, aging techniques, unique wooden casks and peat and peated malts, our blenders have unlocked four ingenious expressions of Yamazaki and Hakushu single malts.

Hakushu Distillery: Where Inspiration Continues

The Hakushu Distillery was founded half a century after Yamazaki. Keizo Saji, the second Master Blender, inherited his father’s quest to push the boundaries of what a Japanese whisky could be. He had searched all over Japan for high quality water that would produce the most delicately aromatic whisky. After searching with tenacity to the headstreams of rivers and deep into rugged mountains, he found Hakushu.

The Hakushu Distillery is one of the highest distilleries in the world, built amidst the deepest forests of Mt. Kaikomagatake in the Japanese Southern Alps. The majestic forest that surrounds the Hakushu Distillery shelters an abundance of plant varieties reflecting the many expressions of Japanese nature. The malt whiskies born here are simultaneously blessed with a very particular microclimate, verdant forests, and water offering a rare softness only made possible by filtration of rain and snow through thousand-year-old granite rocks.

Bright orange leaves against the dark wood of the Hakushu Whisky Distillery building

Whisky Making at Hakushu

The water and environment at the Hakushu distillery is vastly different to that of the Yamazaki distillery; as is the creation process. At fermentation, artisanal craftsmen use wooden washbacks to encourage maturation by retaining heat in the cool air at the distillery. A variety of pot stills and casks are carefully chosen to suit the high elevation and climate of Hakushu, ultimately producing an array of single malt whiskies with a variety of characters that reflect its surroundings.

Green bottle pouring Suntory Hakushu Whisky into a tulip glass
Green bottle of Suntory Hakushu Whisky against light curtain

Designed with Purpose

The solid bottle shape symbolizes the identity of Japanese whisky and its flavor, while top of the bottle echoes the shape of a pot still – a nod to tradition of craftsmanship at the root of our heritage.

Serving Japanese Whisky

Suntory whisky embodies the balance between Japan’s nature and its people. The many ways to serve it expresses its rich heritage and depth of flavor.

Whisky pours into 4 different glasses

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