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Japanese whiskies are crafted in the Scottish style. They uniquely lie between Lowland and Speyside styles. Exceptionally smooth, delicate and perfumed with honeyed sweetness. Light sherry and floral notes, sometimes they have been peated for a smoky, quasi Islay style. The rapidly growing Japanese whisky industry has been largely attributed to its two founding fathers: Shinjiro Torii and Masataka Taketsuru. Shinjiro established the Suntory brand and the first distillery in Japan in 1923, Yamazaki in the Vale of Yamazaki. Taketsuru founded Yoichi on Hokkaido eleven years later in 1934. Today, Japanese whiskies are becoming increasingly popular and in a unique style of their own.