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Matsui Shuzo and the phantom Kurayoshi Distillery

Matsui Shuzo and the phantom Kurayoshi Distillery

Any regular drinker of Japanese whisky has heard about them. The infamous Matsui Shuzo. They’re behind the highly controversial Kurayoshi and Tottori brands of “Japanese whisky.” Japanese whisky is a term we must put in quotes when talking about this particular company. Why? At least […]

Review: Kyoto Dry Gin Ki No Bi Edition K

Review: Kyoto Dry Gin Ki No Bi Edition K

The Kyoto Distillery surprised us this past weekend with the sudden release of Ki No Bi “Edition K.” Currently only available at Amazon JP, Edition K brings Ki No Bi into the cask-aged gin realm once again. I say once again since we’ve already seen […]

10 ways to drink Japanese whisky: #10, Choiso

10 ways to drink Japanese whisky: #10, Choiso

As Japanese whisky makers enjoy their time in the worldwide spotlight, more and more people are waking up to the reality that Japanese consumers may also know a thing or two about the ways to drink Japanese whisky. Of course there’s the izakaya staple whisky […]

The Japanese Craft Gin: Koganei

The Japanese Craft Gin: Koganei

Kanagawa prefecture’s Koganei Shuzo is now making a craft gin fairly nearby Tokyo, with a focus on Kanagawa botanicals.¬† They’ve named it “Koganei,” and they are aiming for a good variety of fruit, herbs, spices, and woody notes, with most of the botanicals sourced from […]

Furusato Nozei: Japan’s government-sponsored booze

Furusato Nozei: Japan’s government-sponsored booze

Background: Local taxes in Japan Like many other countries in the world, residents of Japan pay taxes on their income at three levels: national, prefectural, and local. In the US this equates to paying federal, state, and city income taxes (14 states have places with […]

Shizuoka Distillery begins all-Shizuoka whisky production

Shizuoka Distillery begins all-Shizuoka whisky production

The Shizuoka Distillery recently posted details of their all-Shizuoka whisky on their blog, giving us more insight into what’s going on behind the scenes at one of Japan’s newest craft whisky distilleries. Up until now, Japanese whisky has generally used imported ingredients, though the actual […]

Whisky pens: Pure Malt Jetstream Inside

Whisky pens: Pure Malt Jetstream Inside

Mitsubishi Pencil’s uni Jetstream series of pens is adored worldwide. The purported “answer to every negative stereotype you ever had about ballpoint pens,” the uni Jetstream is also wirecutter.com’s Best Pen for 2018. Now the worlds of wonderful penning and whisky are colliding, as uni […]

Kinmon Akita brings whisky into the world of aged sake

Kinmon Akita brings whisky into the world of aged sake

The Kinmon Akita Sake Brewery has revealed some aged sakes due out on December 17th that supposedly have a whisky finish. This, combined with the long maturation of 10 to 30 years — ultra long for sake — should bring about some rather unique flavors. […]

Single Malt Okayama for Tenmaya 200th Anniversary

Single Malt Okayama for Tenmaya 200th Anniversary

Nikkei reports that Okayama’s Tenmaya department store is teaming up with the Okayama Distillery to do a single-cask whisky release over the course of the next decade. Tenmaya will celebrate their 200th anniversary in 2029. The plan is for the Okayama Distillery to release 100 […]

Masataka Taketsuru: Independent at Yoichi Distillery

Masataka Taketsuru: Independent at Yoichi Distillery

2018 marks a century since the founder of Nikka Whisky, Masataka Taketsuru, set out on a journey that would alter the history of Japanese whisky. Based primarily on his serialized autobiography originally¬†published in Nikkei in 1968, in Part Eight Taketsuru strikes out on his own […]


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The Japanese Craft Gin: Koganei

The Japanese Craft Gin: Koganei

Kanagawa prefecture’s Koganei Shuzo is now making a craft gin fairly nearby Tokyo, with a focus on Kanagawa botanicals.¬† They’ve named it “Koganei,” and they are aiming for a good variety of fruit, herbs, spices, and woody notes, with most of the botanicals sourced from […]

Whisky pens: Pure Malt Jetstream Inside

Whisky pens: Pure Malt Jetstream Inside

Mitsubishi Pencil’s uni Jetstream series of pens is adored worldwide. The purported “answer to every negative stereotype you ever had about ballpoint pens,” the uni Jetstream is also wirecutter.com’s Best Pen for 2018. Now the worlds of wonderful penning and whisky are colliding, as uni […]

Kinmon Akita brings whisky into the world of aged sake

Kinmon Akita brings whisky into the world of aged sake

The Kinmon Akita Sake Brewery has revealed some aged sakes due out on December 17th that supposedly have a whisky finish. This, combined with the long maturation of 10 to 30 years — ultra long for sake — should bring about some rather unique flavors. […]

Single Malt Okayama for Tenmaya 200th Anniversary

Single Malt Okayama for Tenmaya 200th Anniversary

Nikkei reports that Okayama’s Tenmaya department store is teaming up with the Okayama Distillery to do a single-cask whisky release over the course of the next decade. Tenmaya will celebrate their 200th anniversary in 2029. The plan is for the Okayama Distillery to release 100 […]

Amahagan World Malt Edition No.1 from Nagahama Distillery

Amahagan World Malt Edition No.1 from Nagahama Distillery

Spell Nagahama backwards and you get Amahagan, the name Nagahama Distillery has chosen for their experiments with blending. We know that they’ve been fiddling around quite a bit with their peat levels at Japan’s smallest whisky distillery, so it looks like they’ve begun trying their […]