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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 Sanlúcar 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 […]

Sakurao Gin Hamagou arrives September 3

Sakurao Gin Hamagou arrives September 3

Hiroshima’s Sakurao Distillery has announced a new Japanese craft gin called Sakurao Gin Hamagou. It’s a limited run of 5000 bottles, and is slated to launch on September 3. There are no details about the new gin yet available, but Hamagou is Japanese for roundleaf […]

JR East Japan Hotels Creative Cocktail Competition 2018 on September 24

JR East Japan Hotels Creative Cocktail Competition 2018 on September 24

JR East Japan Hotels has announced they’ll be holding a cocktail competition for the first time, dubbed the “JR East Japan Hotels Creative Cocktail Competition 2018.” It’s taking place on September 24 from 12:30PM to 6PM at Hotel Metropolitan Ikebukuro, the brand’s flagship property. These […]

Whisky licenses for Nikka’s Satsuma Tsukasa Distillery, Kizakura’s Tamba Factory

Whisky licenses for Nikka’s Satsuma Tsukasa Distillery, Kizakura’s Tamba Factory

Is Nikka Whisky readying a third whisky distillery in Kagoshima? That’s the question that’s been floating around my head for the past, I dunno, ten minutes. Japan’s National Tax Agency has issued a whisky distillation license to Nikka Whisky for their Satsuma Tsukasa Distillery. At […]

Infographic: Japanese Whisky, Real or Fake?

Infographic: Japanese Whisky, Real or Fake?

The latest infographic makes it easy to tell if the “Japanese” whisky you’re drinking is actually Japanese or not! This is a bit of a hot-button topic at the moment — see my recent interview with Dave Broom to find out why. There’s also a […]

Wakatsuru Saburomaru Distillery launching cask owner program

Wakatsuru Saburomaru Distillery launching cask owner program

The newly refurbished Saburomaru Distillery is looking for 100 people to become partial cask owners. For 26,000 yen, you’ll receive two bottles of whisky from Saburomaru roughly five years from now. They expect the new pot to head into a bourbon cask in August, then mature, […]

Taste Test: Japan’s Clear Beers

Taste Test: Japan’s Clear Beers

The clear drink fad currently happening in Japan isn’t stopping at soft drinks. Japan now has two clear beers: Suntory All-Free All-Time and Asahi’s Clear Craft. Bottoms up! Suntory All-Free All-Time As previously reported, this one was released on June 19. It’s 0% abv, zero […]