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Japanese whisky infographic

Japanese whisky infographic

nomunication.jp’s first infographic! This covers the past and present of Japanese whisky.

MOON GLOW Limited Edition 2018

MOON GLOW Limited Edition 2018

Wakatsuru Saburomaru Distillery is releasing their latest blended whisky tomorrow — it’s called MOON GLOW Limited Edition 2018. This time around it’s primarily using a 20 year malt mixed mixed with others at least 10 years of age. Only 6000 bottles of this will be […]

Review: Tarusky Premium Blend, 12-year cask aged shochu

Review: Tarusky Premium Blend, 12-year cask aged shochu

When Japan’s only independent cooperage decides to release a liquor, I pay attention. “Tarusky” is Kyoto-based Ariake Sangyo’s brand of cask-aged shochu. Tonight we’re drinking from bottle #534 of “Tarusky Premium Blend.” It’s a liquor that blurs the line between whisky and shochu. Inside we find […]

10 ways to drink Japanese whisky: #4, Mist

10 ways to drink Japanese whisky: #4, Mist

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 […]

Akita Whisky: Another new Japanese malt whisky in 2023

Akita Whisky: Another new Japanese malt whisky in 2023

It may be over 5 years away, but Akita-based Dreamlink has announced they’ll be getting into the Japanese malt whisky business. Single malt whisky business, to be specific. The new venture will be kicking off operations in 2020, with the first products set to debut […]

Introducing the Nomunication Forums! Join the Nomikai today

Introducing the Nomunication Forums! Join the Nomikai today

Today I’m launching the Nomikai, nomunication.jp’s official forums to give the internet a single place to discuss everything related to drinking in Japan. Japanese whisky, what bars and stores are good, sake, tax law, chuhai, bars, cocktails, travel tips, you name it! Sign-up today and let’s […]

Interview with Dave Broom at Tokyo International BarShow 2018

Interview with Dave Broom at Tokyo International BarShow 2018

At this past weekend’s Tokyo International BarShow 2018, I had a few minutes with legendary spirits writer Dave Broom. Mr. Broom’s recently released book, The Way of Whisky: A Journey Around Japanese Whisky,  details his whirlwind trip to discover what makes Japanese whisky “Japanese.” This past […]

Suntory All-Free All-Time: clear non-alcoholic beer coming soon

Suntory All-Free All-Time: clear non-alcoholic beer coming soon

Here at nomunication.jp we don’t mention beer very often, let alone non-alcoholic beer, but Suntory Beer’s latest announcement is actually fairly exciting: they have a completely clear non-alcohol beer coming out on June 19. It’s called “All-Free All-Time” and as the name indicates, Suntory wants […]

Event Report: Tokyo International BarShow 2018

Event Report: Tokyo International BarShow 2018

Tokyo International BarShow 2018 was held May 12-13 at Tokyo Dome’s Prism Hall. Now in its 7th year, this year’s BarShow was the biggest yet, with 48 booths, and also the most popular. A record 12,300 people attended — over 1000 more than last year. […]

It’s official: Hakushu 12 and Hibiki 17 are being halted

It’s official: Hakushu 12 and Hibiki 17 are being halted

The day that absolutely nobody was waiting for is here: Nikkei brings word (paywall) that Suntory will indeed officially be halting sales of Hakushu 12 and Hibiki 17 this year. Hakushu 12 is expected to be suspended from June, and Hibiki 17 from September. This confirms […]


Product Releases

MOON GLOW Limited Edition 2018

MOON GLOW Limited Edition 2018

Wakatsuru Saburomaru Distillery is releasing their latest blended whisky tomorrow — it’s called MOON GLOW Limited Edition 2018. This time around it’s primarily using a 20 year malt mixed mixed with others at least 10 years of age. Only 6000 bottles of this will be […]

Suntory All-Free All-Time: clear non-alcoholic beer coming soon

Suntory All-Free All-Time: clear non-alcoholic beer coming soon

Here at nomunication.jp we don’t mention beer very often, let alone non-alcoholic beer, but Suntory Beer’s latest announcement is actually fairly exciting: they have a completely clear non-alcohol beer coming out on June 19. It’s called “All-Free All-Time” and as the name indicates, Suntory wants […]

Jameson Caskmates Tokyo Edition is Jameson+DevilCraft

Jameson Caskmates Tokyo Edition is Jameson+DevilCraft

Bar Times reports that Irish whisky brand Jameson is bringing out a Tokyo-only edition of their Caskmates whisky, appropriately named “Jameson Caskmates Tokyo Edition.” They’re doing so in collaboration with pizza/craft beer/gaijin hangout DevilCraft. The Caskmates series attempts to bring a slice of the craft […]

Suntory Haku Japanese Craft Vodka is coming

Suntory Haku Japanese Craft Vodka is coming

Suntory hasn’t announced it yet but it looks like they’re gearing up to launch “Haku,” a Japanese Craft Vodka. It’s 40% abv, made entirely from rice, and described as soft, round, and subtly sweet. I have no idea how it’s any different from their US-only Ao […]

Japan’s first single malt whisky now on Amazon Japan

Japan’s first single malt whisky now on Amazon Japan

Quick: name the first Japanese single malt whisky. Maybe you answered Yamazaki? Sorry, that wasn’t until 1984. Nope, It’s not Nikka either. Actually, Japan’s first single malt whisky was “Ocean Karuizawa,” released in 1976. Karuizawa Distillery itself opened in 1955, but 1976 was the first […]