Category: News

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 […]

Sakurao Gin Original & Nikka Coffey Vodka win spirits awards back-to-back

Sakurao Gin Original & Nikka Coffey Vodka win spirits awards back-to-back

Two new awards to add to the mantle! Sakurao Gin Original has won “Best of Gin” at the Los Angeles International Spirits Competition, a first for any Japanese gin. Read my recent review of Sakurao Original here! Right behind that, Asahi has announced that Nikka […]

Yamazaki Distillery closed today due to earthquake

Yamazaki Distillery closed today due to earthquake

Osaka was rocked by a fairly strong earthquake at 7:58AM this morning, and Suntory has announced the Yamazaki Distillery and all facilities will be closed for the day as a result. There are no reports of damage to the distillery though. Information is still rolling […]

PBO Cocktail & Bar Festa 2018 is on July 29

PBO Cocktail & Bar Festa 2018 is on July 29

Japan’s Professional Bartender’s Organization has announced the date of this year’s PBO Cocktail & Bar Festa will be July 29. So around a month earlier than last year. Now in its 4th year, the 2018 edition will once again it will be held at Courtyard […]

Japanese Craft Gin Roundup, it’s World Gin Day 2018!

Japanese Craft Gin Roundup, it’s World Gin Day 2018!

Today is World Gin Day 2018! Raise your Copa de Balon, and let’s celebrate! Despite being a relatively new category, we’ve recently seen a craft gin boom here in Japan. Here’s a look at all the Japanese craft gins that have hit the market over […]

Trademark Watch: The NISEKO distillery, Yamato Whisky

Trademark Watch: The NISEKO distillery, Yamato Whisky

Flipping through some of the recently filed trademark applications, there were a couple that stood out as interesting. Let’s take a look! The NISEKO distillery First up is a trademark application for “The NISEKO distillery” filed by a person going by the name Kotaro Taketsuru. […]

nomunication.jp hosts a Whisky Bottle Share on July 21

nomunication.jp hosts a Whisky Bottle Share on July 21

nomunication.jp’s first ever whisky bottle share is happening on July 21 in Tokyo’s chic Ebisu/Daikanyama neighborhood! Bottle shares are a great way to try new and different whiskies/other liquors and make new connections. Apart from a small fee to cover the venue rental, each attendee […]