The House of Suntory is one of the oldest makers of distilled beverages in the world. Widely known for their more ubiquitous whiskies, they also own some of the finest craft distilleries in Japan. It all began in 1879 with the birth of Shinjiro Torii, at a time when Western civilisation and culture was flowing into Japan. At thirteen he became an apprentice at a pharma-ceutical wholesaler carrying western liquors. There Shinjiro developed his palate and mastered the techniques of mixing and blending. At the age of twenty, he rented a modest house in Osaka and opened his own store to sell imported wines. He soon discovered that he needed to blend the wines in order to develop flavours more suited for the subtle Japanese taste.
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