[Premium] Niigata Kameda Distillery: A Niigata-based seal maker’s challenge

The Kameda Industrial Park--a ten minute drive from JR Niigata Station--is where you'll find the Niigata Kameda Distillery. It was built by Otani, the biggest maker of seals in Japan. Why would a seal maker enter the whisky market? We visit to find out.

Header image: The two pot stills were made by Forsyths. On the right is the wash still, and the left the spirit still. When we visited, it was the first time the wash still was being used.

Text: Yuko Ogawa
Images: Mamoru Tsuchiya

Translation: Whiskey Richard

This article originally appeared in Japanese in Whisky Galore Vol.25 / April 2021.

February 9, 2021, in the afternoon. The day we visited the Niigata Kameda Distillery to cover it was also their first wash distillation. "We've finally gotten started," says the smiling Mr. Koji Douda. Douda-san is an executive for Otani, the largest company in the seal industry, known for its 120 "Hanko no Otani" stores throughout Japan. Why would a seal maker do whisky?

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