In 1870, a new life was born in Japan with it's first ever whisky production. Although commercially, it started with the opening of the first distillery in 1924 which is called the Yamazaki. The two best-known and most widely available are those from Suntory and Nikka. They are producing single malt, blended, and blended malt whiskies. Special bottlings and limited releases are also made available every now and then.