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Plastic Oceans Charity Auction includes Karuizawa 50yo, Yoichi 1988 Single Cask

Plastic Oceans Charity Auction includes Karuizawa 50yo, Yoichi 1988 Single Cask

Online retailer The Whisky Exchange and auction house whisky.auction are running a charity auction to benefit Plastic Oceans International, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of the impact of single-use plastic waste on the world’s oceans. While the lots include some incredibly rare offerings like […]

Nikka Days whisky released, EU only for now

Nikka Days whisky released, EU only for now

Nikka’s latest release for the European market is a whisky called Nikka Days, and it’s now available from French whisky powerhouse Le Maison du Whisky. Given that Nikka Days is not available in Japan, it occupies a space similar to that of Suntory’s Toki. Nikka […]

Marsmalt Le Papillon P.maackii Single Cask Japanese Whisky

Marsmalt Le Papillon P.maackii Single Cask Japanese Whisky

Volume 5 of the Le Papillon Single Cask Japanese Whisky series from Mars Whisky has now been released: P.maacki, common name alpine black swallowtail. Looking at the whisky, we can see it’s slightly over 4 years old, spending its days in Shinshu in American White […]

Masataka Taketsuru: Grain Whisky & Marriage to Rita

Masataka Taketsuru: Grain Whisky & Marriage to Rita

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, Part Five has Taketsuru spending time learning how to […]

Akayane Craft Gin Heart (Aki), (Fuyu), Premium Vodka

Akayane Craft Gin Heart (Aki), (Fuyu), Premium Vodka

Today sees the release of not one but two new Japanese craft gins! Akayane continues their quarterly releases of the Craft Gin Heart series. This time the fall and winter editions being released simultaneously, completing the series. The Aki release uses these 6 botanicals: Shimeji […]

Is Kaikyo Distillery Japan’s next whisky distillery?

Is Kaikyo Distillery Japan’s next whisky distillery?

It’s been over a year since I added Hyogo Prefecture’s Akashi Sake Brewery under the Speculative category on the Japan Distillery Map. That’s because they got a license to distill whisky in May 2017, but still haven’t actually announced any plans to make and sell […]

Gin-Posium Japan 2018 on November 25

Gin-Posium Japan 2018 on November 25

Gin-Posium Japan is back for its second year in a row! Scheduled for November 25 from 1PM to 6PM, the event is again being held at Toyocho’s Hotel East21. Like last year, the event consists of a seminar section then a tasting/party afterwards. For the […]

Kanosuke New Born is born

Kanosuke New Born is born

The latest whisky out of Kagoshima is Kanosuke New Born, from the new Kanosuke Distillery. As the name indicates, it’s been aged for around 8 months, being distilled only in February of this year. Importantly though, New Born has been aged in American White Oak […]

10 ways to drink Japanese whisky: #8, Ice Ball

10 ways to drink Japanese whisky: #8, Ice Ball

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 […]

It turns out Oenon made a Japanese craft gin

It turns out Oenon made a Japanese craft gin

You may not have heard of the Oenon group but I think it’s pretty safe to call them the Kirkland of Japan. They actually released a Japanese craft gin in March of this year. But I’ve only now come across it, so here we go! […]


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Nikka Days whisky released, EU only for now

Nikka Days whisky released, EU only for now

Nikka’s latest release for the European market is a whisky called Nikka Days, and it’s now available from French whisky powerhouse Le Maison du Whisky. Given that Nikka Days is not available in Japan, it occupies a space similar to that of Suntory’s Toki. Nikka […]

Marsmalt Le Papillon P.maackii Single Cask Japanese Whisky

Marsmalt Le Papillon P.maackii Single Cask Japanese Whisky

Volume 5 of the Le Papillon Single Cask Japanese Whisky series from Mars Whisky has now been released: P.maacki, common name alpine black swallowtail. Looking at the whisky, we can see it’s slightly over 4 years old, spending its days in Shinshu in American White […]

Akayane Craft Gin Heart (Aki), (Fuyu), Premium Vodka

Akayane Craft Gin Heart (Aki), (Fuyu), Premium Vodka

Today sees the release of not one but two new Japanese craft gins! Akayane continues their quarterly releases of the Craft Gin Heart series. This time the fall and winter editions being released simultaneously, completing the series. The Aki release uses these 6 botanicals: Shimeji […]

Kanosuke New Born is born

Kanosuke New Born is born

The latest whisky out of Kagoshima is Kanosuke New Born, from the new Kanosuke Distillery. As the name indicates, it’s been aged for around 8 months, being distilled only in February of this year. Importantly though, New Born has been aged in American White Oak […]

It turns out Oenon made a Japanese craft gin

It turns out Oenon made a Japanese craft gin

You may not have heard of the Oenon group but I think it’s pretty safe to call them the Kirkland of Japan. They actually released a Japanese craft gin in March of this year. But I’ve only now come across it, so here we go! […]