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Suntory’s Japanese Craft Liqueur Kanade

Suntory’s Japanese Craft Liqueur Kanade

Suntory is set to launch a new line of liqueurs on June 4, 2019 under a brand named “Japanese Craft Liqueur Kanade.” While we don’t have any images of the bottles just yet, we do have some details on what flavors the first three releases […]

Yep, Japan now has a kale chuhai

Yep, Japan now has a kale chuhai

Kale! Here in Japan, it’s been used as a primary ingredient in the popular aojiru health drink since around 1983. The rest of the world seems to have taken a couple decades to catch on, but you can now find kale all over the place […]

Will Maruzen Foods become the MGP of Japanese whisky?

Will Maruzen Foods become the MGP of Japanese whisky?

Via Japan’s National Tax Agency we have learned that Nagano-based Maruzen Foods now has a license to make whisky at their Chikuma factory. As always, simply obtaining a license does not necessarily mean that they actually will make whisky, or sell any. But there’s one […]

Japanese gin exports grew 600% in 2018

Japanese gin exports grew 600% in 2018

2018 was a huge year for Japanese gin! We saw a new gin come out probably every month, several new gin distilleries come online, and not one but two new gin festivals right here in Tokyo. Now there are some numbers we can cite to […]

Kirin to invest 8bio yen into Fuji Gotemba Distillery

Kirin to invest 8bio yen into Fuji Gotemba Distillery

In November of last year, Japan business daily Nikkei revealed that Kirin intended to make an investment to increase their whisky production capacity at the Fuji Gotemba Distillery. We now have an official announcement from Kirin themselves to the same effect. They plan to upgrade […]

Japan Pisco Association launch & Pisco Sour Day

Japan Pisco Association launch & Pisco Sour Day

So the big announcement this week is the launch of the Japan Pisco Association. And they have launched just in time for Pisco Sour Day, celebrated the first Saturday of February. This year it falls on February 2. At the moment, pisco unfortunately isn’t a […]

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 […]