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Kirin’s Fuji Gotemba Distillery

Kirin’s Fuji Gotemba Distillery

At the foot of Mt. Fuji lies Kirin’s one and only distillery: the Fuji Gotemba Distillery. It’s an easy daytrip from Tokyo, making this another no-brainer for any fan of Japanese whisky. About Fuji Gotemba Distillery Despite dominating the Japanese beer and chuhai scene, Kirin […]

Whisky licenses for Nikka’s Satsuma Tsukasa Distillery, Kizakura’s Tamba Factory

Whisky licenses for Nikka’s Satsuma Tsukasa Distillery, Kizakura’s Tamba Factory

Is Nikka Whisky readying a third whisky distillery in Kagoshima? That’s the question that’s been floating around my head for the past, I dunno, ten minutes. Japan’s National Tax Agency has issued a whisky distillation license to Nikka Whisky for their Satsuma Tsukasa Distillery. At […]

Infographic: Japanese Whisky, Real or Fake?

Infographic: Japanese Whisky, Real or Fake?

The latest infographic makes it easy to tell if the “Japanese” whisky you’re drinking is actually Japanese or not! This is a bit of a hot-button topic at the moment — see my recent interview with Dave Broom to find out why. There’s also a […]

Review: Benizakura Distillery’s 9148, Kyoya Distillery’s Hinata

Review: Benizakura Distillery’s 9148, Kyoya Distillery’s Hinata

Two of the newest Japanese craft gins to hit the scene are 9148 from Sapporo’s Benizakura Distilley, and Hinata from Kyoya Distillery in Miyazaki Prefecture. Tonight we’re drinking both! Benizakura Distillery 9148 Recipe 0101 Review Full disclosure, both of the gins I’m drinking tonight I’ve […]

Masataka Taketsuru: Beginning the Journey, 100 Years Ago

Masataka Taketsuru: Beginning the Journey, 100 Years Ago

Today is July 3, 2018. Exactly 100 years ago today, 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 One of […]

Wakatsuru Saburomaru Distillery launching cask owner program

Wakatsuru Saburomaru Distillery launching cask owner program

The newly refurbished Saburomaru Distillery is looking for 100 people to become partial cask owners. For 26,000 yen, you’ll receive two bottles of whisky from Saburomaru roughly five years from now. They expect the new pot to head into a bourbon cask in August, then mature, […]

Taste Test: Japan’s Clear Beers

Taste Test: Japan’s Clear Beers

The clear drink fad currently happening in Japan isn’t stopping at soft drinks. Japan now has two clear beers: Suntory All-Free All-Time and Asahi’s Clear Craft. Bottoms up! Suntory All-Free All-Time As previously reported, this one was released on June 19. It’s 0% abv, zero […]

Sakurao Gin Original & Nikka Coffey Vodka win spirits awards back-to-back

Sakurao Gin Original & Nikka Coffey Vodka win spirits awards back-to-back

Two new awards to add to the mantle! Sakurao Gin Original has won “Best of Gin” at the Los Angeles International Spirits Competition, a first for any Japanese gin. Read my recent review of Sakurao Original here! Right behind that, Asahi has announced that Nikka […]

Nikka Black Deep Blend Extra Sweet in September

Nikka Black Deep Blend Extra Sweet in September

Nikka Black Deep Blend Extra Sweet looks to be the latest variation of budget-friendly blended whisky out of Nikka, slated for release on or around September 11. It has just popped up on Amazon JP for a 2,138 yen, so a 700 yen premium over […]

Yamazaki Distillery closed today due to earthquake

Yamazaki Distillery closed today due to earthquake

Osaka was rocked by a fairly strong earthquake at 7:58AM this morning, and Suntory has announced the Yamazaki Distillery and all facilities will be closed for the day as a result. There are no reports of damage to the distillery though. Information is still rolling […]


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Wakatsuru Saburomaru Distillery launching cask owner program

Wakatsuru Saburomaru Distillery launching cask owner program

The newly refurbished Saburomaru Distillery is looking for 100 people to become partial cask owners. For 26,000 yen, you’ll receive two bottles of whisky from Saburomaru roughly five years from now. They expect the new pot to head into a bourbon cask in August, then mature, […]

Taste Test: Japan’s Clear Beers

Taste Test: Japan’s Clear Beers

The clear drink fad currently happening in Japan isn’t stopping at soft drinks. Japan now has two clear beers: Suntory All-Free All-Time and Asahi’s Clear Craft. Bottoms up! Suntory All-Free All-Time As previously reported, this one was released on June 19. It’s 0% abv, zero […]

Nikka Black Deep Blend Extra Sweet in September

Nikka Black Deep Blend Extra Sweet in September

Nikka Black Deep Blend Extra Sweet looks to be the latest variation of budget-friendly blended whisky out of Nikka, slated for release on or around September 11. It has just popped up on Amazon JP for a 2,138 yen, so a 700 yen premium over […]

BLACKADDER Chichibu 4yo Virgin American Oak Barrel Cask No.2862 63%

BLACKADDER Chichibu 4yo Virgin American Oak Barrel Cask No.2862 63%

Scotch bottler Blackadder has a new release coming up, this time a Chichibu 4yo cask, marking their third release for a Japanese whisky. And it has a hell of a descriptive name, “BLACKADDER Chichibu 4yo Virgin American Oak Barrel Cask No.2862 63%.” Anyway, previous releases […]

Komasa Gin from Komasa Jyozo coming July 28

Komasa Gin from Komasa Jyozo coming July 28

Kagoshima-based shochu maker Komasa Jyozo has a new gin coming soon called “Komasa Gin Sakurajima Komikan,” using komikans from the (very) active volano island of Sakurajima. A “komikan” is a smaller variety of mikan, also known as a satsuma. As a category it’s tough to […]