Infographic: Japanese Whisky, Real or Fake?

Infographic: Japanese Whisky, Real or Fake?

The latest infographic makes it easy to tell if the "Japanese" whisky you're drinking is actually Japanese or not! This is a bit of a hot-button topic at the moment -- see my recent interview with Dave Broom to find out why. There's also a PDF version available here if you'd like to search for some specific brand.

6 thoughts on “Infographic: Japanese Whisky, Real or Fake?”

  • Thank you for this amazing and comprehensive list of real vs. fake Japanese distilleries. I do have one point of contention though. Yamazakura is only now producing their own whisky product (under the New Born label), however the majority of Yamazakura Whisky products (particularly the aged products) I do believe are still made from imported whisky. They are still plentiful on the shelves at liquor shops and department stores. I think there should be some distinction made.

    Do you disagree?

  • Thanks for your reply! Now that you mention it, perhaps it’s better to make a distinction between the pre-renovation Sasanokawa and their renovation/rebranding as the Asaka Distillery. Will update the graphic, thanks for pointing it out!

  • Hello Richard,

    thank you for this great and helpful infographic.
    I just wanted to ask – is there a deeper meaning to the line type, such as dashed lines being only a minor proportion of the production capacity or such?

    Thank you in advance and best regards,

  • Hi,

    An impressive infographic, thank you and well done for putting this together!

    If I may offer a suggestion: Sakurao Distillery currently has a link to the Togouchi brand which is arguably inaccurate, as the newly-opened distillery is (as far as we are being told) producing its own spirit exclusively for the whisky you indicate with the dashed line and has no connection to Togouchi other than a shared ownership. Alternatively, a connection from the “Scotland or Canada” source to Togouchi would perhaps be more clear?

    Thanks once again for a great infographic!

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