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Suntory premium whisky bottle concepts

Suntory premium whisky bottle concepts

For many of us, the first thing we visualize when it comes to whisky is the design of our favorite bottle. Bottles that sit on modern bar shelves must capture the attention of drinkers with an increasingly dizzying array of options. Higher end whiskies of […]

More discontinuations: Kakubin White, Yellow, Chita 350ml, Nikka 12, Nikka Coffey Malt, Nikka Coffey Grain

More discontinuations: Kakubin White, Yellow, Chita 350ml, Nikka 12, Nikka Coffey Malt, Nikka Coffey Grain

The shortage of major Japanese whiskies continues. The latest word around town is that Suntory and Nikka are planning to temporarily suspend or discontinue several more of their popular whiskies at the end of March. This is in addition to the already revealed discontinuation of […]

Yomeishu’s craft gin is called Kanomori

Yomeishu’s craft gin is called Kanomori

Medicinal liqueur maker Yomeishu is getting into craft spirits with the upcoming release of two craft gins and a gin-based liqueur. All three of them lean on Kuromoji, or Lindera umbellata, as a botanical. Their chief product of the same name, Yomeishu, is probably Japan’s […]

Kanosuke Owners Club is the Kanosuke Distillery’s cask ownership program

Kanosuke Owners Club is the Kanosuke Distillery’s cask ownership program

Kagoshima’s Kanosuke Distillery has just launched its own cask ownership program, and they are currently looking for 30 people to pony up 300,000 yen apiece to be part of the action. The casks are 28L French Oak sherry casks with a medium char, and will contain […]

Mars Shinshu getting a 1.2bio yen upgrade this year

Mars Shinshu getting a 1.2bio yen upgrade this year

Hombo Shuzo is the latest big name to announce a distillery expansion to meet rising demand for Japanese whisky. Nikkei reports that they will be investing some 1.2bio yen in the Mars Shinshu Distillery, with construction of a new 1998 square meter distillation facility and […]

New author: Eric Yee, @starvinggigolo

I’m happy to announce that Eric Yee, who also goes by the handle starvinggigolo, has elected to contribute his awesome Japanese whisky reviews to nomunication.jp! I noticed Eric’s postings on the Japanese Whisky Consortium Facebook group and reached out to him. Specifically I was impressed with the […]

Yodobashi Camera begins selling alcohol

Yodobashi Camera begins selling alcohol

Japan’s other big box store has finally entered the retail alcohol game. Yodobashi Camera last month began selling alcoholic beverages in some of their brick and mortar shops — looks like the Shinjuku West flagship and Yokohama Multimedia store at the moment — as well […]

Infographic: Japanese Whisky in 2018, year in review

Infographic: Japanese Whisky in 2018, year in review

Earthquakes, awards, product discontinuations, but also a few glimmers of hope. It’s been a dramatic year for Japanese whisky. Let’s take a quick look back at what happened — both the good and the bad.      

Kaikyo Distillery and Hatozaki Whisky

Kaikyo Distillery and Hatozaki Whisky

Several weeks back I wrote about how some facts were beginning to come together to reveal the Akashi-based Kaikyo Distillery. Today we have another important piece of the puzzle: an actual whisky to talk about! It’s called “Hatozaki Whisky,” and it’s named after a lighthouse […]

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 […]