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Plastic Oceans Charity Auction includes Karuizawa 50yo, Yoichi 1988 Single Cask

Plastic Oceans Charity Auction includes Karuizawa 50yo, Yoichi 1988 Single Cask

Online retailer The Whisky Exchange and auction house whisky.auction are running a charity auction to benefit Plastic Oceans International, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of the impact of single-use plastic waste on the world’s oceans. While the lots include some incredibly rare offerings like […]

Akayane Craft Gin Heart (Aki), (Fuyu), Premium Vodka

Akayane Craft Gin Heart (Aki), (Fuyu), Premium Vodka

Today sees the release of not one but two new Japanese craft gins! Akayane continues their quarterly releases of the Craft Gin Heart series. This time the fall and winter editions being released simultaneously, completing the series. Oddly, both of them seem to use the […]

Is Kaikyo Distillery Japan’s next whisky distillery?

Is Kaikyo Distillery Japan’s next whisky distillery?

It’s been over a year since I added Hyogo Prefecture’s Akashi Sake Brewery under the Speculative category on the Japan Distillery Map. That’s because they got a license to distill whisky in May 2017, but still haven’t actually announced any plans to make and sell […]

Gin-Posium Japan 2018 on November 25

Gin-Posium Japan 2018 on November 25

Gin-Posium Japan is back for its second year in a row! Scheduled for November 25 from 1PM to 6PM, the event is again being held at Toyocho’s Hotel East21. Like last year, the event consists of a seminar section then a tasting/party afterwards. For the […]

Yamagata’s Yuza Distillery goes live in November

Yamagata’s Yuza Distillery goes live in November

Nikkei brings word that Yamagata prefecture’s first and only Japanese whisky distillery, the Yuza Distillery, celebrated completion of the facility this past Friday. Actual distillation of whisky is slated to begin in November, so congratulations to the team for their quick turnaround. Some other technicals […]

Shizuoka Distillery opening for public tours

Shizuoka Distillery opening for public tours

Shizuoka Distillery owner Gaiaflow today announced that the distillery will finally be open to the public for tours beginning on December 5, 2018. It’s roughly 2 hours away from Tokyo, making this the first Japanese craft whisky distillery open to the public that’s doable as […]

Yoichi and Miyagikyo Manzanilla Wood Finish on Sept 26

Yoichi and Miyagikyo Manzanilla Wood Finish on Sept 26

Nikka Whisky is back with another special edition for their Yoichi and Miyagikyo single malts: Manzanilla Wood Finish. This year it’s Manzanilla wood, using casks of sherries of the same name that hail from the Spanish port town of SanlĂșcar de Barrameda. The casks were holding […]

Whisky Festival 2018 in Tokyo is November 24-25

Whisky Festival 2018 in Tokyo is November 24-25

This year’s Tokyo Whisky Festival, officially named “Whisky Festival 2018 in Tokyo,” is being held over two days for the first time in its history. It’s one of the larger whisky events, and this year marks the 11th year. The first time it was held […]

Komasa Jyozo Distillery Festival November 10-11

Komasa Jyozo Distillery Festival November 10-11

If you find yourself down in Kagoshima on November 10 and 11, head on over to the Komasa Jyozo Distillery Festival for some fresh whisky. It’s a celebration of a year since Komasa kicked off operations at the Kanosuke Distillery. Don’t be fooled by the […]

Akkeshi Distillery starts using Hokkaido malt

Akkeshi Distillery starts using Hokkaido malt

We’ve talked plenty about Akkeshi Distillery here, but now it looks like they’ve opened a new chapter for Japanese whisky. Hokkaido Shimbun brings word that Akkeshi has just put their first whisky using Hokkaido malt into casks made using Hokkaido Mizunara oak. Japan’s first entirely […]