The cult Japanese producer Yamazaki continues to make significant strides into the global whisky market. In fact in 2013, they won Distiller of the Year for the third time. Yamazaki is Japan's first and oldest distillery, established in 1923 by Suntory's founder Shinjiro Torii. Inspired by traditional Scottish whisky, Torii envisioned a Japanese approach by choosing a terrain and climate completely different to those of Scotland to create a new, distinctive and delicious kind of whisky. Nestled on the misty periphery of Kyoto where the three rivers, Katsura, Uji and Kizu meet and damp conditions ideal for ageing whisky in its precious casks.