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The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo Premium Japanese Whisky Flight

The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo Premium Japanese Whisky Flight

When the Ritz says “whisky flight” you can assume it will be in first class. The latest out of the 45th floor Tokyo Midtown “The Bar” at The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo is a (very) Premium Japanese Whisky Flight that is seemingly a summary of Japanese whisky […]

New umeshus from Matsui Whisky and White Oak

New umeshus from Matsui Whisky and White Oak

Both companies have announced new umeshus over the past couple weeks, so let’s have a look at all of them at once! Great to see more Japanese whisky makers get into umeshu. Matsui Umeshu with Whisky Matsui Umeshu with Brandy What’s interesting about the Matsui […]

Amahagan World Malt Edition No.2 Red Wine Wood Finish

Amahagan World Malt Edition No.2 Red Wine Wood Finish

It’s a bit of a mouthful of a name but the Nagahama Distillery has just announced their next iteration of the Amahagan World Malt. Like the previous edition, the new Amahagan World Malt wears its non-Japanese nature on its sleeve. That means it’s unashamedly using […]

HIBIKI art lounge 2019 Art of Blending

HIBIKI art lounge 2019 Art of Blending

Once again Suntory is holding a “Hibiki art lounge ART OF BLENDING” event at Roppongi Hills. This year it runs May 25 4PM-May 26 2AM. Part bar, part education, and part blatant marketing, the Hibiki art lounge allows you to get up close and personal […]

Moon Glow Limited Edition 2019

Moon Glow Limited Edition 2019

The fourth release in the Moon Glow series from the Wakatsuru Saburomaru Distillery looks to be upon us some day soon. Named simply “Moon Glow Limited Edition 2019,” it follows in the footsteps of last year’s release, again using 20-year malt blended with 10-year grain. […]

Review: Hanyu, 2000-2013, Ichiro’s Malt, Kanda Bartender’s Choice, Barrel No. 959, 160/303, 60.9% abv.

  Supposedly finished in a cognac barrel. Bottled for the Kanda Bartender Society in Tokyo and the bartender mentioned this bottle was for Bar Groovy. Nose: light, malt and honey. Palate: good body, honey, oh something different… like a strong pear and grape mixed juice, […]

Review: THE ESSENCE of SUNTORY WHISKY YAMAZAKI DISTILLERY SPANISH OAK

Review: THE ESSENCE of SUNTORY WHISKY YAMAZAKI DISTILLERY SPANISH OAK

The third and final bottle in 2019’s ESSENCE of SUNTORY WHISKY series is “Yamazaki Distillery Spanish Oak.” Unlike the first and second bottles, the Spanish Oak here is aged in new Spanish Oak, so we can expect the full brunt of the wood coming through. […]

Gin Festival Tokyo 2019 on June 8-9

Gin Festival Tokyo 2019 on June 8-9

GINFest is back again this year with a new name: Gin Festival. It’s also aiming to be bigger and better, certainly a must-attend for gin fans. One major change is that it’s now spread across two days: June 8th and 9th. That’s a good thing […]

Nagahama Distillery now accepting second round of cask owners

Nagahama Distillery now accepting second round of cask owners

Japan’s smallest whisky distillery, the Nagahama Distillery, is now taking orders for their second round of cask owners. Open until May 31, the distillery is offering ten of each of the following casks: 40L sherry cask, 5 year max aging, 450,000 yen before taxes and […]

Win free tickets to Tokyo International BarShow 2019 ~Cocktail & Music~

Win free tickets to Tokyo International BarShow 2019 ~Cocktail & Music~

May 11-12 is this year’s Tokyo International BarShow! The theme this time around is “Cocktail & Music,” so we can expect to see some great live performances pairing bartending and music. Every year, Tokyo’s bar and cocktail community descends on Tokyo Dome’s Prism Hall to […]


Product Releases

New umeshus from Matsui Whisky and White Oak

New umeshus from Matsui Whisky and White Oak

Both companies have announced new umeshus over the past couple weeks, so let’s have a look at all of them at once! Great to see more Japanese whisky makers get into umeshu. Matsui Umeshu with Whisky Matsui Umeshu with Brandy What’s interesting about the Matsui […]

Amahagan World Malt Edition No.2 Red Wine Wood Finish

Amahagan World Malt Edition No.2 Red Wine Wood Finish

It’s a bit of a mouthful of a name but the Nagahama Distillery has just announced their next iteration of the Amahagan World Malt. Like the previous edition, the new Amahagan World Malt wears its non-Japanese nature on its sleeve. That means it’s unashamedly using […]

Moon Glow Limited Edition 2019

Moon Glow Limited Edition 2019

The fourth release in the Moon Glow series from the Wakatsuru Saburomaru Distillery looks to be upon us some day soon. Named simply “Moon Glow Limited Edition 2019,” it follows in the footsteps of last year’s release, again using 20-year malt blended with 10-year grain. […]

Nagahama Distillery now accepting second round of cask owners

Nagahama Distillery now accepting second round of cask owners

Japan’s smallest whisky distillery, the Nagahama Distillery, is now taking orders for their second round of cask owners. Open until May 31, the distillery is offering ten of each of the following casks: 40L sherry cask, 5 year max aging, 450,000 yen before taxes and […]

Suntory Japanese Craft Liqueur Kanade is official

Suntory Japanese Craft Liqueur Kanade is official

Suntory has now officially unveiled the lineup of “Kanade” Japanese Craft Liqueurs that we reported on a few weeks back. That is: Japanese Craft Liqueur Kanade Matcha Japanese Craft Liqueur Kanade Yuzu Japanese Craft Liqueur Kanade White Peach This move allows Suntory to offer an […]