This famous supporting actor has now become the star of the show with the release of "Chita" Single Grain Whisky. Situated on the Chita Peninsula overlooking the Ise Bay, this distillery makes the grain whisky required for Suntory's blended whiskies.
Text: Yoshitaka Nishida
Images: Mamoru Tsuchiya
This article originally appeared in Japanese in Whisky Galore Vol.25 / April 2021.Chita is now one of Suntory's regular brands of whisky. Released in 2015, it's not a single malt, but single grain. It's made at the Suntory Chita Distillery.
The distillery is located on the Chita Peninsula in western Aichi prefecture. It's one of many factories in an industrial area, located next to major food and animal feed makers, as well as silos owned by Japan Agricultural Cooperatives' Zen-Noh.
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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.