Whisky Galore translations are now free

On October 1, 2020, I announced my partnership with the Japan Whisky Research Centre, enabling us to provide English translations of articles from Japan’s premier whisky/spirits magazine, Whisky Galore, here on nomunication.jp. Today, I’ve taken down the paywall.

The original concept was that you gained access to the most exclusive, latest information about Japan’s rapidly growing whisky and spirits scene in exchange for a small monthly fee. On-site distillery reports, interviews with key industry figures, data-backed thought pieces, etc.

After some contemplation, I’ve decided that everyone should have access to that content. This means it must be free and not behind a paywall. The Japan Whisky Research Centre agrees. We share a mutual goal of spreading accurate and up-to-date information about Japanese spirits. This goal trumps any financial goal.

In celebration of Japanese Whisky Day on April 1, I’m happy to announce that past and future Whisky Galore articles translations are now available to anyone. No sign-ups. No credit card bills. They are all here, so click away. Below you’ll find a few recent highlights. Kampai!

As an aside to those paying until now: your support is appreciated! As a thank-you for your patronage, you’ll find that you were not charged during March 2022.

  • [Whisky Galore] Kaikyo Distillery: Fusing Japanese alcohol and Scotch traditions in Hyogo

    [Whisky Galore] Kaikyo Distillery: Fusing Japanese alcohol and Scotch traditions in Hyogo

    In Akashi, Hyogo prefecture, the maker of “Akashi-Tai” sake encountered new unexpected opportunities while building routes to market in the UK. They are now the sister distillery of Torabhaig in Scotland, and have begun whiskymaking fusing the techniques of both Japan and the West. Text: Mamoru TsuchiyaImages: Mamoru Tsuchiya, “Fishing Cafe” Editing DepartmentTranslation: Whiskey Richard […]


  • [Whisky Galore] Hioki Distillery: Kanosuke’s grain whisky endeavour

    [Whisky Galore] Hioki Distillery: Kanosuke’s grain whisky endeavour

    Kanosuke Distillery’s first single malt release is still fresh in mind. The company has turned the possibility of making grain whisky into reality, and an in-house blended whisky is well within their sights. Today, we look at what makes the Hioki Distillery’s grain special, given their use of existing shochu equipment and unique process. Text: […]


  • [Whisky Galore] Popularity of Japanese whisky and its craft movement: a look at the past 15 years

    [Whisky Galore] Popularity of Japanese whisky and its craft movement: a look at the past 15 years

    Text: Mamoru Tsuchiya Images: Mamoru Tsuchiya, Hiroshi Shibuya Translation: Whiskey Richard This column originally appeared in Japanese in Whisky Galore Vol.29 / December 2021. Header image: Venture Whisky’s Chichibu Distillery began production in 2008. The unabated rise in the popularity of craft whisky and craft distilleries continues. In January 2021, we published the last volume […]


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