[Premium] Chichibu Daini Distillery: Direct-fired Distillation

Chichibu Distillery, Venture Whisky
Returning to whisky's roots with gas direct-fired distillation

Images/text: Mamoru Tsuchiya
Translation: Whiskey Richard

This article originally appeared in Japanese in Whisky Galore Vol.17 / December 2019.

Image top: The 10,000L wash still (forefront), and the spirit still opposite. Both are straight head shaped, and use gas direct firing.

Progress at Venture Whisky's Chichibu Distillery has continued at a steady pace since it began operating in February 2008. In the summer of 2019, construction was completed at their second distillery (simply "Daini", or #2) in Midorigaoka Industrial Park. "When in doubt, go back to where it all began." These are the words of Akuto-san, whose "Malt Dream Chapter 2" is Scotch's traditional direct-fired distillation. We visited the site.

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