Category: Features

Masataka Taketsuru: Nikka Lives On

Masataka Taketsuru: Nikka Lives On

2018 marks a century since the founder of Nikka Whisky, Masataka Taketsuru, set out on a journey that would alter the history of Japanese whisky. Based primarily on his serialized autobiography originally published in Nikkei in 1968, in the final chapter Nikka Whisky continues expanding to […]

Masataka Taketsuru: Post-War Nikka Whisky

Masataka Taketsuru: Post-War Nikka Whisky

2018 marks a century since the founder of Nikka Whisky, Masataka Taketsuru, set out on a journey that would alter the history of Japanese whisky. Based primarily on his serialized autobiography originally published in Nikkei in 1968, in Part Nine post-war Japan finally takes a liking […]

Matsui Shuzo and the phantom Kurayoshi Distillery

Matsui Shuzo and the phantom Kurayoshi Distillery

Any regular drinker of Japanese whisky has heard about them. The infamous Matsui Shuzo. They’re behind the highly controversial Kurayoshi and Tottori brands of “Japanese whisky.” Japanese whisky is a term we must put in quotes when talking about this particular company. Why? At least […]

Furusato Nozei: Japan’s government-sponsored booze

Furusato Nozei: Japan’s government-sponsored booze

Background: Local taxes in Japan Like many other countries in the world, residents of Japan pay taxes on their income at three levels: national, prefectural, and local. In the US this equates to paying federal, state, and city income taxes (14 states have places with […]

Masataka Taketsuru: Independent at Yoichi Distillery

Masataka Taketsuru: Independent at Yoichi Distillery

2018 marks a century since the founder of Nikka Whisky, Masataka Taketsuru, set out on a journey that would alter the history of Japanese whisky. Based primarily on his serialized autobiography originally published in Nikkei in 1968, in Part Eight Taketsuru strikes out on his own […]

Masataka Taketsuru: Japanese whisky’s dark early days

Masataka Taketsuru: Japanese whisky’s dark early days

2018 marks a century since the founder of Nikka Whisky, Masataka Taketsuru, set out on a journey that would alter the history of Japanese whisky. Based primarily on his serialized autobiography originally published in Nikkei in 1968, in Part Seven Taketsuru gets to work making whisky […]

Masataka Taketsuru: Launching Japan’s first whisky distillery

Masataka Taketsuru: Launching Japan’s first whisky distillery

2018 marks a century since the founder of Nikka Whisky, Masataka Taketsuru, set out on a journey that would alter the history of Japanese whisky. Based primarily on his serialized autobiography originally published in Nikkei in 1968, in Part Six Taketsuru returns to Japan and prepares […]

Masataka Taketsuru: Grain Whisky & Marriage to Rita

Masataka Taketsuru: Grain Whisky & Marriage to Rita

2018 marks a century since the founder of Nikka Whisky, Masataka Taketsuru, set out on a journey that would alter the history of Japanese whisky. Based primarily on his serialized autobiography originally published in Nikkei in 1968, Part Five has Taketsuru spending time learning how to […]

Japanese Whisky could learn a thing or two from Japanese Wine

Japanese Whisky could learn a thing or two from Japanese Wine

On October 30, 2018, the Japan’s so-called “Wine Law” goes into effect. This law was introduced to combat the practice of Japanese wineries importing wine from overseas, bottling it in Japan, and labeling it as “domestic wine.” Ring any bells? It should for any regular […]

Masataka Taketsuru: Rita & Campbeltown

Masataka Taketsuru: Rita & Campbeltown

2018 marks a century since the founder of Nikka Whisky, Masataka Taketsuru, set out on a journey that would alter the history of Japanese whisky. Based primarily on his serialized autobiography originally published in Nikkei in 1968, Part Four features romance, death, and whisky blending. Click […]