Wakatsuru Shuzo was founded in 1862. Famous for "Sunshine Whisky," the distillery was revamped in 2017 to begin making genuine Japanese whisky. They've been surprising the industry with revolutionary ideas ever since. What's next?
Header image: The still is named ZEMON after the founder of Oigo Works Co., Jiemon Oigo. The right is the wash still and left is the spirit still. Since they both used the same cast, they are the same size and shape. They are made of a copper alloy consisting of 8% tin.
Text: Whisky Galore Editors
Images: Mamoru Tsuchiya, Hiroshi Shibuya
Translation: Whiskey Richard
This article originally appeared in Japanese in Whisky Galore Vol.25 / April 2021.The Saburomaru Distillery has made some amazing strides since its renovation in July 2017. The most recent that comes to mind is ZEMON, the world's first cast pot still, introduced in June 2019. Saburomaru's Takahiko Inagaki jointly developed the still in conjunction with Oigo Works Co. in Takaoka, and it was cast, using techniques adapted from the creation of cast temple bells. It was patented in June 2020, and has won several awards including the highest level Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award from The Materials Process Technology Center Awards.
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