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Suntory Yamazaki Distillery Photogenic “Whisky Museum”
“7,000 Bottles of Beer on the Wall...” me, photographing samples of whisky (not beer, that was here ) at the Suntory Whisky Distillery (スントリー 山崎 ウイスキー 工場) in Yamazaki Japan photo by Paul Barr  --  Suntory Whisky Yamazaki Distillery  --  Yamazaki (Shimamoto), Osaka, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Paul Barr
Nikon D3 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 34mm — 1/60 sec, f/4, ISO 1600 — map & image datanearby photos
“7,000 Bottles of Beer on the Wall...”
me, photographing samples of whisky (not beer, that was here)
at the Suntory Whisky Distillery (スントリー山崎ウイスキー工場) in Yamazaki Japan
photo by Paul Barr
Lightly Dusting a Bottle  --  Suntory Whisky Yamazaki Distillery  --  Yamazaki (Shimamoto), Osaka, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/  --  This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/320 sec, f/2.5, ISO 4500 — map & image datanearby photos
Lightly Dusting a Bottle
6,999 To Go...  --  Suntory Whisky Yamazaki Distillery  --  Yamazaki (Shimamoto), Osaka, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/  --  This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/320 sec, f/2.5, ISO 2200 — map & image datanearby photos
6,999 To Go...

Going back into my archives again, to last April's visit to the Suntory Whisky Distillery in Yamazaki, 20 minutes south of Kyoto. It's Japan's oldest whisky distillery, and offers free tours daily.

Here's one photo to remind you of the initial post...

Recent Stock just 13 years old  --  Suntory Whisky Yamazaki Distillery  --  Yamazaki (Shimamoto), Osaka, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/  --  This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/60 sec, f/1.4, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Recent Stock
just 13 years old

One thing I didn't cover in that is the photogenic “Whisky Museum”, housing more than 7,000 samples of whisky and assorted spirits taken over the years.

Vatted Malt whatever that is  --  Suntory Whisky Yamazaki Distillery  --  Yamazaki (Shimamoto), Osaka, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/  --  This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/320 sec, f/2.5, ISO 2000 — map & image datanearby photos
Vatted Malt
whatever that is
desktop background image of bottles of whisky and spirits at the Suntory Yamazaki Whisky Distillery Whisky Museum near Kyoto Japan  --  Rich Colors  --  Suntory Whisky Yamazaki Distillery  --  Yamazaki (Shimamoto), Osaka, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/  --  This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/320 sec, f/1.4, ISO 720 — map & image datanearby photos
Rich Colors
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desktop background image of bottles of whisky and spirits at the Suntory Yamazaki Whisky Distillery Whisky Museum near Kyoto Japan  --  Golden  --  Suntory Whisky Yamazaki Distillery  --  Yamazaki (Shimamoto), Osaka, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/  --  This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/320 sec, f/2.2, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
Golden
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desktop background image of bottles of whisky and spirits at the Suntory Yamazaki Whisky Distillery Whisky Museum near Kyoto Japan  --  Glowy getting a bit funky with an over-exposed shot  --  Suntory Whisky Yamazaki Distillery  --  Yamazaki (Shimamoto), Osaka, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/  --  This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/320 sec, f/1.4, ISO 4000 — map & image datanearby photos
Glowy
getting a bit funky with an over-exposed shot
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Suntory Whisky Yamazaki Distillery  --  Yamazaki (Shimamoto), Osaka, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/  --  This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/320 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1400 — map & image datanearby photos
From Above  --  Suntory Whisky Yamazaki Distillery  --  Yamazaki (Shimamoto), Osaka, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/  --  This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/320 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1400 — map & image datanearby photos
From Above

The distillery is near a train station, and you have to cross the tracks near the front gate...

Near The Front Gate toward the station, just around the curve  --  Yamazaki (Shimamoto), Osaka, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/  --  This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Near The Front Gate
toward the station, just around the curve

I don't really care for whisky, but I love the smells around the place, and its very photogenic, so I hope to go again soon (followed immediately by a trip to Suntory's nearby beer brewery, where I do like the product. :-) )


Comments so far....

I’m curious: are all of these whiskey bottles just a display? Or, do they serve some purpose such as quality control?

I don’t think it’s quality control, but I’m not sure what it’s for. Maybe it’s for future whisky brewmasters (or whatever they’re called) to refer to? I know that these bottles are not in active use that way because they are glued down, but if 100 years from now they want to try to recreate a particular whisky, they can perhaps analyze these samples taken at various stages in the process. Maybe? —Jeffrey

— comment by Tom in SF on January 22nd, 2013 at 2:20am JST (1 year, 9 months ago) comment permalink

I enjoyed the look at the colorful whiskey bottles.

— comment by Abraham Lincoln on January 23rd, 2013 at 1:11am JST (1 year, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Now that is one museum I’d like to get lost in.

— comment by Navin Harish on February 19th, 2013 at 10:44pm JST (1 year, 8 months ago) comment permalink
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