Gifu prefecture's Gujo Hachiman is a scenic area that's a world apart from the hustle and bustle of the city. On a bank of the Innaki River sits Shohei Tatsumi's Alchemiae Tatsumi Distillery, opened in a renovated ironworks building. From handling the raw materials to the distillation, it's a one-man operation. Cue the medieval alchemist imagery.
Header image: Tatsumi-san gathering wormwood, one of the ingredients of absinthe.
Images/text: Mamoru Tsuchiya
Translation: Whiskey Richard
This article originally appeared in Japanese in Whisky Galore Vol.13 / April 2019.
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Mamoru Tsuchiya is Japan’s foremost whisky critic. He is the Representative Director of the Japan Whisky Research Centre, and was named one of the “World’s Best Five Whisky Writers” by Highland Distillers in 1998. He served as the whisky historian for NHK’s Massan and he has published several books such as The Complete Guide to Single Malt Whisky, Taketsuru’s Life and Whisky, and The Literacy of Whisky. He is the editor of the bimonthly Whisky Galore, Japan’s only print whisky magazine.