Category: News

Akita Whisky: Another new Japanese malt whisky in 2023

Akita Whisky: Another new Japanese malt whisky in 2023

It may be over 5 years away, but Akita-based Dreamlink has announced they’ll be getting into the Japanese malt whisky business. Single malt whisky business, to be specific. The new venture will be kicking off operations in 2020, with the first products set to debut […]

Introducing the Nomunication Forums! Join the Nomikai today

Introducing the Nomunication Forums! Join the Nomikai today

Today I’m launching the Nomikai, nomunication.jp’s official forums to give the internet a single place to discuss everything related to drinking in Japan. Japanese whisky, what bars and stores are good, sake, tax law, chuhai, bars, cocktails, travel tips, you name it! Sign-up today and let’s […]

Interview with Dave Broom at Tokyo International BarShow 2018

Interview with Dave Broom at Tokyo International BarShow 2018

At this past weekend’s Tokyo International BarShow 2018, I had a few minutes with legendary spirits writer Dave Broom. Mr. Broom’s recently released book, The Way of Whisky: A Journey Around Japanese Whisky,  details his whirlwind trip to discover what makes Japanese whisky “Japanese.” This past […]

It’s official: Hakushu 12 and Hibiki 17 are being halted

It’s official: Hakushu 12 and Hibiki 17 are being halted

The day that absolutely nobody was waiting for is here: Nikkei brings word (paywall) that Suntory will indeed officially be halting sales of Hakushu 12 and Hibiki 17 this year. Hakushu 12 is expected to be suspended from June, and Hibiki 17 from September. This confirms […]

Suntory Haku Japanese Craft Vodka is coming

Suntory Haku Japanese Craft Vodka is coming

Suntory hasn’t announced it yet but it looks like they’re gearing up to launch “Haku,” a Japanese Craft Vodka. It’s 40% abv, made entirely from rice, and described as soft, round, and subtly sweet. I have no idea how it’s any different from their US-only Ao […]

Tokyo Shochu Rakuen 2018: June 24, 48 distilleries, 150 minutes

Tokyo Shochu Rakuen 2018: June 24, 48 distilleries, 150 minutes

Shochu fans and newcomers alike should have a great time at the upcoming “Tokyo Shochu Rakuten 2018,” on June 24 from 2PM to 4:30PM at Gotanda’s TOC building. Six liquor stores have brought together 48 different distilleries from across Kyushu and Hachijojima, and you can sample […]

Wakatsuru Saburomaru Distillery: more details emerge

Wakatsuru Saburomaru Distillery: more details emerge

As you may remember, Hokuriku’s only whisky distillery, the Wakatsuru Saburomaru Distillery, is one that I said you should be watching over 2018-19. At the time, I had a few unanswered questions about the distillery and its future. Lucky us, because Japan’s Nikkei business newspaper […]

GinFest Tokyo is June 9-10, celebrating World Gin Day

GinFest Tokyo is June 9-10, celebrating World Gin Day

Tokyo is finally going to have a World Gin Day event: GinFest Tokyo is slated for the June 9-10 weekend! It’s being put on by a team directed by Takeaki Miura of Shibuya’s GOOD MEALS SHOP, which stocks some 200+ varieties of craft gin, so […]

Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2018: Tokyo edition

Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2018: Tokyo edition

William Reed has announced the 2018 results of Asia’s 50 Best Bars, and Tokyo has made a great showing! While a few mainstays have dropped in ranking, others climbed. And we have two new joiners: High Five has dropped to #6 Bar Trench rises to […]

Japan Distillery Map now even better!

Japan Distillery Map now even better!

I’ve made the below improvements to the Japan Distillery Map, making a great resource even better: New categories! The “Future” category is for distilleries that have made public their plans to make & sell something, probably whisky. The “Speculative” category is for distilleries that have […]