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The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo Premium Japanese Whisky Flight

The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo Premium Japanese Whisky Flight

When the Ritz says “whisky flight” you can assume it will be in first class. The latest out of the 45th floor Tokyo Midtown “The Bar” at The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo is a (very) Premium Japanese Whisky Flight that is seemingly a summary of Japanese whisky […]

HIBIKI art lounge 2019 Art of Blending

HIBIKI art lounge 2019 Art of Blending

Once again Suntory is holding a “Hibiki art lounge ART OF BLENDING” event at Roppongi Hills. This year it runs May 25 4PM-May 26 2AM. Part bar, part education, and part blatant marketing, the Hibiki art lounge allows you to get up close and personal […]

Gin Festival Tokyo 2019 on June 8-9

Gin Festival Tokyo 2019 on June 8-9

GINFest is back again this year with a new name: Gin Festival. It’s also aiming to be bigger and better, certainly a must-attend for gin fans. One major change is that it’s now spread across two days: June 8th and 9th. That’s a good thing […]

Nagahama Distillery now accepting second round of cask owners

Nagahama Distillery now accepting second round of cask owners

Japan’s smallest whisky distillery, the Nagahama Distillery, is now taking orders for their second round of cask owners. Open until May 31, the distillery is offering ten of each of the following casks: 40L sherry cask, 5 year max aging, 450,000 yen before taxes and […]

Win free tickets to Tokyo International BarShow 2019 ~Cocktail & Music~

Win free tickets to Tokyo International BarShow 2019 ~Cocktail & Music~

May 11-12 is this year’s Tokyo International BarShow! The theme this time around is “Cocktail & Music,” so we can expect to see some great live performances pairing bartending and music. Every year, Tokyo’s bar and cocktail community descends on Tokyo Dome’s Prism Hall to […]

The Matsui Mizunara Cask wins Double Gold at SFWSC 2019

The Matsui Mizunara Cask wins Double Gold at SFWSC 2019

The San Francisco World Spirits Competition is the largest such competition in the world. In past years, we’ve seen several now iconic Japanese whiskies such as Yamazaki 18 and Fuji Gotemba Blender’s Choice get decorated with some of the highest honors. Now another Japanese whisky […]

When is Tokyo getting its first subscription-based bar?

When is Tokyo getting its first subscription-based bar?

Tokyo’s drinking scene appears to be tip-toeing around the idea of a proper subscription-based bar. When I say “proper subscription-based bar,” I’m not talking about things Tokyo already has: Subscription apps that get you your first drink for free every night. Those already exist. How […]

Ikawa Distillery to become Japan’s highest with 1200m elevation

Ikawa Distillery to become Japan’s highest with 1200m elevation

Paper maker Tokushu Tokai Paper has announced the construction of a whisky distillery in Aoi-ku, Shizuoka, Japan. While the new distillery will share an address with the Shizuoka Distillery, it’s a very, very different location. Tokushu Tokai owns a massive 25,000 hectares of mountain forest […]

Hanyu Card Series Full Deck Tasting in Gothenburg Sweden, Nov 2-3 2019

Hanyu Card Series Full Deck Tasting in Gothenburg Sweden, Nov 2-3 2019

The Ichiro’s Malt Card Series is a bellwether for the hype surrounding Japanese whisky. It’s pretty much a perfect whisky story: a closed distillery, the liquid and casks being rescued from obscurity by a grandson, then bottled for an extremely limited yet collectible series that […]

Personal seal maker Otani to launch a whisky distillery

Personal seal maker Otani to launch a whisky distillery

In a bizarre twist, Niigata-based personal seal maker Otani has decided to create a whisky distillery in Niigata City. That’s right, a company that makes stamps has decided they want to make Japanese whisky. Up to now, the new whisky distilleries that have popped up […]