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Chichibu, 2010-2018, Cream Sherry Hogshead Cask 2633, 48/285, 59.6% abv.

Chichibu, 2010-2018, Cream Sherry Hogshead Cask 2633, 48/285, 59.6% abv.

Chichibu has consistently released a limited and experimental bottle for the famous Chichibu whisk(e)y festival. The 2018 release was matured in a cream sherry hogshead for over 7 years, but what is “cream sherry”? Supposedly cream sherry is a blend of two types/groups of sherry: […]

Photo Report: Tokyo Whisky & Spirits Competition

Photo Report: Tokyo Whisky & Spirits Competition

Japan’s first proper spirits competition, the Tokyo Whisky & Spirits Competition was held over two days: March 11-12, 2019. Let’s run through some of the numbers: 3 tasting sessions split across 2 days 527 entries across 126 categories. 50% whisky, 20% gin, 30% other 32 […]

Komasa Gin Hojicha

Komasa Gin Hojicha

Kagoshima-based Komasa Jyozo has officially released the next expression of their gin from the Hioki Distillery. Dubbed Komasa Gin Hojicha, this one drops the citrus of the original, and instead focuses on hojicha as the main botanical. For those not familiar, hojicha is essentially roasted […]

Three new Mars single malt whiskies

Three new Mars single malt whiskies

Three new single malt whiskies out of Mars Whisky’s Shinshu Distillery! All available now. From left to right we have: Mars Malt Le Papillon C. thyodamas is the latest entry in the butterfly series of single cask, single malt whiskies. This release comes out of […]

Harry Cranes Craft Highball

Harry Cranes Craft Highball

It must be highball week or something, since another of Japan’s smaller whisky distilleries has announced the release of a RTD highball. This time it’s out of Toyoma’s Wakatsuru Saburomaru Distillery, and named the “Harry Cranes Craft Highball.” Harry Cranes… I think of this guy: […]

Mars Komagatake Heavily Peated, 2014-2017, Cask No. 1855, 502/578, 59.8% abv.

Mars Komagatake Heavily Peated, 2014-2017, Cask No. 1855, 502/578, 59.8% abv.

American white oak Asian exclusive, released November 2, 2017. Nothing much on English based boards and too lazy to check the Asian boards, but it seemed to get rave reviews by some IG and FB characters. Nose: initially a moderate level of peat and wood […]

Yep, Japan now has a kale chuhai

Yep, Japan now has a kale chuhai

Kale! Here in Japan, it’s been used as a primary ingredient in the popular aojiru health drink since around 1983. The rest of the world seems to have taken a couple decades to catch on, but you can now find kale all over the place […]

Nukada Distillery launches with the Hitachino Highball

Nukada Distillery launches with the Hitachino Highball

Over a year ago I listed Kiuchi Shuzo’s Nukada Distillery as one to watch in 2018-2019. And watch it I have! That’s why I’m excited to bring news that the company is launching their first whisky product to the public on April 1, 2019. Yes, […]

Are Nikka and Suntory distilling whisky in Kagoshima?

Are Nikka and Suntory distilling whisky in Kagoshima?

Have a look at the Japan Distillery Map and it’s hard to miss the concentration of distilleries in Kagoshima prefecture. There’s the historic Kagoshima Distillery, where Hombo Shuzo made whisky from 1949 until 1984. They returned to making whisky in Kagoshima a few decades later, […]

Review: Akkeshi New Born Foundations 3

Review: Akkeshi New Born Foundations 3

Akkeshi New Born Foundations 3 is one of this quarter’s most highly anticipated Japanese whiskies. Many in the community are viewing Akkeshi’s dedication to sticking with the Islay Scotch style and methods as one of the few rays of light within the doom and gloom […]


Product Releases

Komasa Gin Hojicha

Komasa Gin Hojicha

Kagoshima-based Komasa Jyozo has officially released the next expression of their gin from the Hioki Distillery. Dubbed Komasa Gin Hojicha, this one drops the citrus of the original, and instead focuses on hojicha as the main botanical. For those not familiar, hojicha is essentially roasted […]

Three new Mars single malt whiskies

Three new Mars single malt whiskies

Three new single malt whiskies out of Mars Whisky’s Shinshu Distillery! All available now. From left to right we have: Mars Malt Le Papillon C. thyodamas is the latest entry in the butterfly series of single cask, single malt whiskies. This release comes out of […]

Harry Cranes Craft Highball

Harry Cranes Craft Highball

It must be highball week or something, since another of Japan’s smaller whisky distilleries has announced the release of a RTD highball. This time it’s out of Toyoma’s Wakatsuru Saburomaru Distillery, and named the “Harry Cranes Craft Highball.” Harry Cranes… I think of this guy: […]

Yep, Japan now has a kale chuhai

Yep, Japan now has a kale chuhai

Kale! Here in Japan, it’s been used as a primary ingredient in the popular aojiru health drink since around 1983. The rest of the world seems to have taken a couple decades to catch on, but you can now find kale all over the place […]

Nukada Distillery launches with the Hitachino Highball

Nukada Distillery launches with the Hitachino Highball

Over a year ago I listed Kiuchi Shuzo’s Nukada Distillery as one to watch in 2018-2019. And watch it I have! That’s why I’m excited to bring news that the company is launching their first whisky product to the public on April 1, 2019. Yes, […]