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 the Chivas Regal's Strathisla Distillery in Kieth, Scotland (it's actually 8814km according to Google Maps, but close enough).
Chivas Regal has been putting plenty of their weight behind the Japanese market, notably with the formerly Japan-only release of Chivas Regal Mizunara. But this collaboration with Masuizumi for making a sake is a first for the company. Obviously the sake is matured in ex-Chivas Regal casks shipped over to Japan from Scotland, but they also went a step further and brought Chivas Brothers' blending expertise as well. Link 888 is a blend of sakes made using Yamadabo, Yamadanishiki, and Kuromai, a kind of brown rice. Each sake was individually aged in American white oak 12+ year ex-Chivas casks, then later blended to create Link 8888.
It went on sale from December 19th, with only 50 bottles being available for 6500 yen each. It will also be available by the glass at the "CHIVAS REGAL Experience at Mercedes me Tokyo," running until January 9 on upstairs at the Mercedes showroom in Roppongi.
Whiskey Richard is the founder of nomunication.jp, and has been saying he has lived in Japan for ten years for the past four years. He enjoys drinking basically anything except straight-up Campari.