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Suntory premium whisky bottle concepts

Suntory premium whisky bottle concepts

For many of us, the first thing we visualize when it comes to whisky is the design of our favorite bottle. Bottles that sit on modern bar shelves must capture the attention of drinkers with an increasingly dizzying array of options. Higher end whiskies of […]

More discontinuations: Kakubin White, Yellow, Chita 350ml, Nikka 12, Nikka Coffey Malt, Nikka Coffey Grain

More discontinuations: Kakubin White, Yellow, Chita 350ml, Nikka 12, Nikka Coffey Malt, Nikka Coffey Grain

The shortage of major Japanese whiskies continues. The latest word around town is that Suntory and Nikka are planning to temporarily suspend or discontinue several more of their popular whiskies at the end of March. This is in addition to the already revealed discontinuation of […]

Yomeishu’s craft gin is called Kanomori

Yomeishu’s craft gin is called Kanomori

Medicinal liqueur maker Yomeishu is getting into craft spirits with the upcoming release of two craft gins and a gin-based liqueur. All three of them lean on Kuromoji, or Lindera umbellata, as a botanical. Their chief product of the same name, Yomeishu, is probably Japan’s […]

Kanosuke Owners Club is the Kanosuke Distillery’s cask ownership program

Kanosuke Owners Club is the Kanosuke Distillery’s cask ownership program

Kagoshima’s Kanosuke Distillery has just launched its own cask ownership program, and they are currently looking for 30 people to pony up 300,000 yen apiece to be part of the action. The casks are 28L French Oak sherry casks with a medium char, and will contain […]

Araside, 2010-2017, Duncan Taylor, European Vintage Hogshead Cask 1 of 2, 330 bottles, 55% abv.

Araside, 2010-2017, Duncan Taylor, European Vintage Hogshead Cask 1 of 2, 330 bottles, 55% abv.

  This controversial and somewhat mysterious whisky is supposedly Chichibu distillate, purchased by Akkeshi, who shipped it to Scotland to be matured in a 1969 ex-Glenrothes cask (cask 1 of 2). Rumors are abound that cask 2 is another old Glenrothes cask or ancient Bowmore. […]

Suntory World Whisky Ao coming on April 16, 2019

Suntory World Whisky Ao coming on April 16, 2019

The new brand of whisky by Suntory is called Suntory World Whisky Ao. As you may have guessed from the name it’s a blend of whiskies from the world’s five big whisky regions: Scotland, Ireland, USA, Canada, and Japan. They have not told us exactly […]

Review: Hibiki Blender’s Choice, 43% abv

Review: Hibiki Blender’s Choice, 43% abv

Hibiki Blender’s Choice was probably the most controversial Japanese whisky of 2018. For many, it’s yet another manifestation of the sad reality of Japanese whisky these days. To explain the background a bit for those who may have missed the trend, Japan’s biggest whisky producers–including […]

Mars Shinshu getting a 1.2bio yen upgrade this year

Mars Shinshu getting a 1.2bio yen upgrade this year

Hombo Shuzo is the latest big name to announce a distillery expansion to meet rising demand for Japanese whisky. Nikkei reports that they will be investing some 1.2bio yen in the Mars Shinshu Distillery, with construction of a new 1998 square meter distillation facility and […]

Review: Hanyu and Kawasaki Blend, Ichiro’s Malt & Grain Single Cask Blended Whisky, Exclusively Bottled for The 13th Anniversary of The Mash Tun Tokyo, Cask No. 7880, 100 bottles, 60% abv.

Review: Hanyu and Kawasaki Blend, Ichiro’s Malt & Grain Single Cask Blended Whisky, Exclusively Bottled for The 13th Anniversary of The Mash Tun Tokyo, Cask No. 7880, 100 bottles, 60% abv.

A very special 2017 bottling for the infamous Mash Tun Bar in Tokyo, a blend of approximately 70% Hanyu 1991 and approximately 30% Kawasaki 1982. Wonder what the cask number is for. Supposedly many of the Mash Tun bottles have a cat on the label […]

Japanese Whisky Product List books now available in English

Japanese Whisky Product List books now available in English

Remember these? The most exhaustive Japanese-language resource on the web for Japanese whisky is the aptly-named Japanese Whisky Database wiki. Though a bit tough to navigate at times, the site features a listing of essentially the entire history of Japanese whisky in Japan. That’s every […]


Product Releases

Suntory World Whisky Ao coming on April 16, 2019

Suntory World Whisky Ao coming on April 16, 2019

The new brand of whisky by Suntory is called Suntory World Whisky Ao. As you may have guessed from the name it’s a blend of whiskies from the world’s five big whisky regions: Scotland, Ireland, USA, Canada, and Japan. They have not told us exactly […]

Japanese Whisky Product List books now available in English

Japanese Whisky Product List books now available in English

Remember these? The most exhaustive Japanese-language resource on the web for Japanese whisky is the aptly-named Japanese Whisky Database wiki. Though a bit tough to navigate at times, the site features a listing of essentially the entire history of Japanese whisky in Japan. That’s every […]

Japan’s first non-alcoholic gin: NEMA

Japan’s first non-alcoholic gin: NEMA

Japan now has its first non-alcoholic gin, and it’s named NEMA. NEMA gets its name from Yokohama’s Bar Nemanja, which is itself named after Serbian violinist Nemanja Radulović. Seedlip set off the non-alcoholic distilled spirit trend. Worldwide more and more younger folks are turning away from […]

Link 8888, a sake aged in Chivas Regal casks

Link 8888, a sake aged in Chivas Regal casks

Sake maker Masuizumi has teamed up with Pernod Ricard Japan to bring out a sake called “Link 8888,” which has been aged in ex-Chivas Regal casks. The 8888 in the name refers to the fact that the brewery of Masuizumi is located approximately 8,888km from […]

Kaikyo Distillery and Hatozaki Whisky

Kaikyo Distillery and Hatozaki Whisky

Several weeks back I wrote about how some facts were beginning to come together to reveal the Akashi-based Kaikyo Distillery. Today we have another important piece of the puzzle: an actual whisky to talk about! It’s called “Hatozaki Whisky,” and it’s named after a lighthouse […]