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Hibiki Blender’s Choice coming September 4. RIP Hibiki 17?

Hibiki Blender’s Choice coming September 4. RIP Hibiki 17?

Though not yet announced to the general public, word has gotten out via a wholesaler seminar put on by Suntory that they’ll be releasing a whisky called “Hibiki Blender’s Choice” on September 4, 2018. Hibiki Blender’s Choice will use a variety of maturities from different […]

Happy Chinese New Year from Nomunication!

Happy Chinese New Year from Nomunication!

2018 is the Year of the Dog! Best wishes from me and my sleepy dog!

World Whiskies Awards 2018, Japan Round 1 & 2 results

World Whiskies Awards 2018, Japan Round 1 & 2 results

Whisky Magazine Japan has announced results of the Japan round of the World Whiskies Awards 2018. Round 2 winners will go on to the global competition to compete for World’s Best titles. Round 1 winners are listed below, with Round 2 winners indicated in bold. […]

Chuhai Watch: Honeydew Hyoketsu, Pineapple Kokushibori, and more!

Chuhai Watch: Honeydew Hyoketsu, Pineapple Kokushibori, and more!

More fruity flavors coming around when spring gets kicked off here in Japan! Kirin is bringing a Hokkaido-only flavor of Hyoketsu out: Hyoketsu Hokkaido Honeydew. As far as I can tell it’s the first time they’re doing this flavor! It’s coming out on March 27 […]

Sakurao Gin comes out on March 5, 2018

Sakurao Gin comes out on March 5, 2018

Late last year we talked about Chugoku Jozo’s first foray into distillation of spirits at the newly opened Sakurao Distillery. It looks like that distillery is now fully armed and operational as the company announced March 5 as the release date for their first spirits, Sakurao […]

Suntory’s The Cocktail Bar Professional Gin & Tonic, Moscow Mule RTDs

Suntory’s The Cocktail Bar Professional Gin & Tonic, Moscow Mule RTDs

Suntory is bringing some RTDs out on April 3rd that should appeal to the barely more discerning combini drinker. The one who walks into a combini, gets all huffy, and turns to their friend and says: I want a drink, but chuhai is too cheap […]

Beam Suntory partners with Alibaba for official Tmall webstore

Beam Suntory partners with Alibaba for official Tmall webstore

Nikkei Asian Review brings news that Beam Suntory has launched a China/Hong Kong/Macau/Taiwan-facing webstore on Tmall.com in partnership with Alibaba. There’s a fairly decent selection of Suntory’s whiskies available, including some especially popular ones like Yamazaki 18 and Hibiki 21. As of this writing both […]

Single Malt Komagatake Double Cellars Bottled in 2018

Single Malt Komagatake Double Cellars Bottled in 2018

Hombo Shuzo’s first Mars Whisky release of 2018 will be Single Malt Komagatake Double Cellars Bottled in 2018. The “Double Cellars” here refers to the cellars of both the Mars Shinshu Distillery and the Mars Tsunuki Distillery — this one is a vatting of whiskies […]

Picture Report: Chivas Gold Signature Awards 2018

Picture Report: Chivas Gold Signature Awards 2018

Chivas Regal sponsors a yearly award ceremony here in Japan called the “Chivas Gold Signature Awards” for people that have contributed to society through business. Now in its 8th year, 2018’s ceremony took place at Roppongi’s Grand Hyatt hotel. Once again Chivas Regal’s Chief Blender […]

Final Fantasy Whisky commemorates 30 years of the series

Final Fantasy Whisky commemorates 30 years of the series

Chocobos! Airships! Bahamut! Cactuar! And now you can apparently add Final Fantasy whisky to that list. Square Enix has teamed up with Shinanoya to release a whisky to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Final Fantasy, originally launched in 1987. The whisky, named “Glenfarclas 1987-2017 Refill […]


Product Releases

Hibiki Blender’s Choice coming September 4. RIP Hibiki 17?

Hibiki Blender’s Choice coming September 4. RIP Hibiki 17?

Though not yet announced to the general public, word has gotten out via a wholesaler seminar put on by Suntory that they’ll be releasing a whisky called “Hibiki Blender’s Choice” on September 4, 2018. Hibiki Blender’s Choice will use a variety of maturities from different […]

Chuhai Watch: Honeydew Hyoketsu, Pineapple Kokushibori, and more!

Chuhai Watch: Honeydew Hyoketsu, Pineapple Kokushibori, and more!

More fruity flavors coming around when spring gets kicked off here in Japan! Kirin is bringing a Hokkaido-only flavor of Hyoketsu out: Hyoketsu Hokkaido Honeydew. As far as I can tell it’s the first time they’re doing this flavor! It’s coming out on March 27 […]

Sakurao Gin comes out on March 5, 2018

Sakurao Gin comes out on March 5, 2018

Late last year we talked about Chugoku Jozo’s first foray into distillation of spirits at the newly opened Sakurao Distillery. It looks like that distillery is now fully armed and operational as the company announced March 5 as the release date for their first spirits, Sakurao […]

Suntory’s The Cocktail Bar Professional Gin & Tonic, Moscow Mule RTDs

Suntory’s The Cocktail Bar Professional Gin & Tonic, Moscow Mule RTDs

Suntory is bringing some RTDs out on April 3rd that should appeal to the barely more discerning combini drinker. The one who walks into a combini, gets all huffy, and turns to their friend and says: I want a drink, but chuhai is too cheap […]

Single Malt Komagatake Double Cellars Bottled in 2018

Single Malt Komagatake Double Cellars Bottled in 2018

Hombo Shuzo’s first Mars Whisky release of 2018 will be Single Malt Komagatake Double Cellars Bottled in 2018. The “Double Cellars” here refers to the cellars of both the Mars Shinshu Distillery and the Mars Tsunuki Distillery — this one is a vatting of whiskies […]


Travel Diary

Yoichi Distillery, Nikka Whisky

Yoichi Distillery, Nikka Whisky

Hokkaido is one of my favorite parts of Japan -- I must have been six times now. On my latest trip up to the island, I made a point of taking a side-trip out to Yoichi, home of Nikka Whisky's Yoichi Distillery. As Taketsuru-san himself would probably prefer, the distillery was blanketed in snow. And plenty more was coming down!

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