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The Matsui Mizunara Cask wins Double Gold at SFWSC 2019

The Matsui Mizunara Cask wins Double Gold at SFWSC 2019

The San Francisco World Spirits Competition is the largest such competition in the world. In past years, we’ve seen several now iconic Japanese whiskies such as Yamazaki 18 and Fuji Gotemba Blender’s Choice get decorated with some of the highest honors. Now another Japanese whisky […]

When is Tokyo getting its first subscription-based bar?

When is Tokyo getting its first subscription-based bar?

Tokyo’s drinking scene appears to be tip-toeing around the idea of a proper subscription-based bar. When I say “proper subscription-based bar,” I’m not talking about things Tokyo already has: Subscription apps that get you your first drink for free every night. Those already exist. How […]

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 […]

Ikawa Distillery to become Japan’s highest with 1200m elevation

Ikawa Distillery to become Japan’s highest with 1200m elevation

Paper maker Tokushu Tokai Paper has announced the construction of a whisky distillery in Aoi-ku, Shizuoka, Japan. While the new distillery will share an address with the Shizuoka Distillery, it’s a very, very different location. Tokushu Tokai owns a massive 25,000 hectares of mountain forest […]

Hanyu Card Series Full Deck Tasting in Gothenburg Sweden, Nov 2-3 2019

Hanyu Card Series Full Deck Tasting in Gothenburg Sweden, Nov 2-3 2019

The Ichiro’s Malt Card Series is a bellwether for the hype surrounding Japanese whisky. It’s pretty much a perfect whisky story: a closed distillery, the liquid and casks being rescued from obscurity by a grandson, then bottled for an extremely limited yet collectible series that […]

KISS Rock Legends Sake Series

KISS Rock Legends Sake Series

“KISS Japanese Sake” is now a thing that exists. The legendary rock group has teamed up with Tower Records to release a slew of new sakes sporting KISS labels and livery. The first 4 sakes in the series are: KISS Detroit Rock City by Okunomatsu […]

Personal seal maker Otani to launch a whisky distillery

Personal seal maker Otani to launch a whisky distillery

In a bizarre twist, Niigata-based personal seal maker Otani has decided to create a whisky distillery in Niigata City. That’s right, a company that makes stamps has decided they want to make Japanese whisky. Up to now, the new whisky distilleries that have popped up […]

Review: Hitachino Whisky, 2019 edition

Review: Hitachino Whisky, 2019 edition

As I write this, I’m sitting at Hitachino Brewing Shinagawa. A couple weeks back, we covered a release that many followers of Japanese craft whisky have been waiting for: the first whisky product out of Kiuchi Shuzo’s Nukada Distillery. That product was a canned highball, […]

Tokyo Whisky & Spirits Competition 2019 first results are in

Tokyo Whisky & Spirits Competition 2019 first results are in

A month ago I stopped by Japan’s very first spirits competition, the Tokyo Whisky & Spirits Competition. The initial results are now in, so let’s have a look! You can download an Excel file of the results on the official homepage. Scotland has earned itself […]

I just funded this Single Cask Awamori project. Wait, single cask what?

I just funded this Single Cask Awamori project. Wait, single cask what?

Every once in a while something alcohol-related and interesting pops up on Japanese crowdfunding sites. One such project that I came across this past weekend is for the “ToRETOUR CASK,” basically an effort to buy a single cask of awamori, bottle it, then distribute it. […]


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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 […]

KISS Rock Legends Sake Series

KISS Rock Legends Sake Series

“KISS Japanese Sake” is now a thing that exists. The legendary rock group has teamed up with Tower Records to release a slew of new sakes sporting KISS labels and livery. The first 4 sakes in the series are: KISS Detroit Rock City by Okunomatsu […]

I just funded this Single Cask Awamori project. Wait, single cask what?

I just funded this Single Cask Awamori project. Wait, single cask what?

Every once in a while something alcohol-related and interesting pops up on Japanese crowdfunding sites. One such project that I came across this past weekend is for the “ToRETOUR CASK,” basically an effort to buy a single cask of awamori, bottle it, then distribute it. […]

Black Chai Gin from Brown Sugar 1st.

Black Chai Gin from Brown Sugar 1st.

Japan-based organic food brand Brown Sugar 1st has teamed up with Royal Warrant-holder London & Scottish International to bring along a gin called “Black Chai Gin.” So no, it’s not actually a Japanese craft gin, given it’s not distilled in Japan. Instead it’s being distilled […]

Suntory announces The Yamazaki Neko Cask 2019 edition, celebrating our feline friends

Suntory announces The Yamazaki Neko Cask 2019 edition, celebrating our feline friends

Suntory’s Yamazaki Distillery, the first whisky distillery in Japan, celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2023. As a result, we expect several limited edition releases to come out of the distillery to commemorate the occasion. This is similar to how Nikka announced their Limited Edition 2019 […]