Shinjiro Torii was born in the Meiji Period, when Western culture and civilization suddenly flowed into Japan. At a young age, Torii entered into an apprenticeship at a pharmaceutical wholesaler in Osaka that carried Western liquors. There he engaged in stylish Western pursuits and mastered techniques of mixing, then developed a discriminating palate and nose. He mastered techniques of mixing and blending through his apprenticeships.
In the year 1899, Shinjiro Torii went independent, renting a modest house where generations of pursuit of a dream all started.
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Shinjiro Torii founded the Torii Shoten store in Osaka.
Akadama Port Wine, a sweet grape wine, blended by Shinjiro Torii, is introduced and becomes a huge success.
Shinjiro Torii establishes the Suntory Plant in Osaka.
The Yamazaki Distillery, Japan’s first malt whisky distillery, starts construction on the outskirts of Kyoto.
Suntory Shirofuda (white label) is introduced as Japan’s first whisky, but fails. Torii learns that satisfying the delicate palate of the Japanese people is the main criteria of success.
Suntory introduces its first gin, Hermes Gin
Suntory Whisky Kakubin (“square bottle”) is introduced and becomes the heart and soul of Japanese whisky. Kakubin remains Japan's top-selling whisky by value today. *Source: IWSR 2022
Suntory introduces its first vodka, Hermes Vodka.
Keizo Saji becomes Suntory’s second Master Blender.
Keizo Saji establishes the Chita Distillery on the Chita Peninsula.
The Hakushu distillery is established in the deep forest of the Japanese Southern Alps to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Japanese Whisky.
Suntory Single Malt Whisky Yamazaki is introduced.
Suntory Whisky Hibiki is introduced.
Suntory Single Malt Whisky Hakushu is introduced.
Shingo Torii becomes Suntory’s Third Master Blender.