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10 ways to drink Japanese whisky: #1, Whisky Highball

10 ways to drink Japanese whisky: #1, Whisky Highball

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 […]

Black Nikka Rich Blend Extra Sherry is official

Black Nikka Rich Blend Extra Sherry is official

Nikka Whisky has now officially announced the release of Black Nikka Rich Blend Extra Sherry, the first-ever limited edition of the Rich Blend brand. It’s coming along May 29, just in time to buy a bottle for Father’s Day. Regular readers of this site have of […]

Chichibu Distillery to start using Chichibu mizunara this year

Chichibu Distillery to start using Chichibu mizunara this year

It’s no secret that the Chichibu Distillery has a passion for getting involved in every step of the whisky making process. Nikkan Kogyo reports that the company has recently taken on six new staff members, one of whom is being trained in the art of […]

Akkeshi New Born Foundations 2 is peaty this summer

Akkeshi New Born Foundations 2 is peaty this summer

TTB filings by California-based Tokiwa Imports reveal that, as expected, the next iteration of Akkeshi New Born will be called Foundations 2 and is peated. The label indicates “Bottled June 2018” so we’ll probably see a release in Japan in July or so. Akkeshi New […]

Bombay Sapphire The Tonic Essence tonic-izes your soda

Bombay Sapphire The Tonic Essence tonic-izes your soda

Five legendary Japanese bartenders have teamed up to create a new tonic essence called “Bombay Sapphire The Tonic Essence.” It’s a waterless tonic that you can add to soda water for making a gin & tonic. What is tonic essence? Yes, I did just write […]

Kagoshima’s Japanese Craft Gin Juju

Kagoshima’s Japanese Craft Gin Juju

Kagoshima-based Hamada Syuzo is the latest shochu distiller to enter the Japanese craft gin scene. On May 14 they’ll be releasing a new gin dubbed “Japanese Craft Gin Juju,” containing 7 botanicals. But they’ve only named 5 of them: Yuzu Juniper berry Chamomile Orange peel […]

Tokyo Cocktail 7 Days 2018 cocktail week runs May 18-27

Tokyo Cocktail 7 Days 2018 cocktail week runs May 18-27

Tokyo’s very own cocktail week is happening again this year. The 2018 edition of Tokyo Cocktail 7 Days is from May 18-27. Yes that’s 10 days, not 7, are you complaining? Tokyo Cocktail 7 Days works just like many cocktail weeks do around the world. […]

Suntory Hakushu Distillery

Suntory Hakushu Distillery

Suntory’s Hakushu Distillery is an easy day trip from Tokyo. In celebration of Hakushu 25 being named the World’s Best Single Malt Whisky at WWA2018, this past weekend I paid the distillery another much-overdo visit. About the Hakushu Distillery In 1973, the 50th anniversary of the […]

Tokyo Whisky and Spirits Competition happening March 2019

Tokyo Whisky and Spirits Competition happening March 2019

Japan is finally getting its own international spirits competition! The “Tokyo Whisky and Spirits Competition” will be held for the first time ever in March 2019. Craft distilleries are popping up everywhere worldwide, and Japan is no exception. We’ve seen great ratings given to Japanese […]

Chuhai Watch: Pear, sumomo, kiwi, acerola, and melon soda

Chuhai Watch: Pear, sumomo, kiwi, acerola, and melon soda

I think Japan skipped spring this year. In this edition of Chuhai Watch we’ve got lots of new fruity chuhais coming soon to push you right into early summer! Suntory Kokushibori Pear is 15% real pair juice. Not a very common flavor for cocktails! It’s […]


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Black Nikka Rich Blend Extra Sherry is official

Black Nikka Rich Blend Extra Sherry is official

Nikka Whisky has now officially announced the release of Black Nikka Rich Blend Extra Sherry, the first-ever limited edition of the Rich Blend brand. It’s coming along May 29, just in time to buy a bottle for Father’s Day. Regular readers of this site have of […]

Akkeshi New Born Foundations 2 is peaty this summer

Akkeshi New Born Foundations 2 is peaty this summer

TTB filings by California-based Tokiwa Imports reveal that, as expected, the next iteration of Akkeshi New Born will be called Foundations 2 and is peated. The label indicates “Bottled June 2018” so we’ll probably see a release in Japan in July or so. Akkeshi New […]

Bombay Sapphire The Tonic Essence tonic-izes your soda

Bombay Sapphire The Tonic Essence tonic-izes your soda

Five legendary Japanese bartenders have teamed up to create a new tonic essence called “Bombay Sapphire The Tonic Essence.” It’s a waterless tonic that you can add to soda water for making a gin & tonic. What is tonic essence? Yes, I did just write […]

Kagoshima’s Japanese Craft Gin Juju

Kagoshima’s Japanese Craft Gin Juju

Kagoshima-based Hamada Syuzo is the latest shochu distiller to enter the Japanese craft gin scene. On May 14 they’ll be releasing a new gin dubbed “Japanese Craft Gin Juju,” containing 7 botanicals. But they’ve only named 5 of them: Yuzu Juniper berry Chamomile Orange peel […]

Chuhai Watch: Pear, sumomo, kiwi, acerola, and melon soda

Chuhai Watch: Pear, sumomo, kiwi, acerola, and melon soda

I think Japan skipped spring this year. In this edition of Chuhai Watch we’ve got lots of new fruity chuhais coming soon to push you right into early summer! Suntory Kokushibori Pear is 15% real pair juice. Not a very common flavor for cocktails! It’s […]