"Suntory’s Yamazaki distillery was built in 1923, the first whisky distillery in Japan. The distillery is located just near Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, on the western part of the island. We have been exporting whisky to America since the ’60s, but are still relatively new to this country. American people have, for a long time, not perceived Japanese whisky as acceptable. But that is changing."