Category: Product Releases

Hibiki Blender’s Choice coming September 4. RIP Hibiki 17?

Hibiki Blender’s Choice coming September 4. RIP Hibiki 17?

Though not yet announced to the general public, word has gotten out via a wholesaler seminar put on by Suntory that they’ll be releasing a whisky called “Hibiki Blender’s Choice” on September 4, 2018. Hibiki Blender’s Choice will use a variety of maturities from different […]

Chuhai Watch: Honeydew Hyoketsu, Pineapple Kokushibori, and more!

Chuhai Watch: Honeydew Hyoketsu, Pineapple Kokushibori, and more!

More fruity flavors coming around when spring gets kicked off here in Japan! Kirin is bringing a Hokkaido-only flavor of Hyoketsu out: Hyoketsu Hokkaido Honeydew. As far as I can tell it’s the first time they’re doing this flavor! It’s coming out on March 27 […]

Sakurao Gin comes out on March 5, 2018

Sakurao Gin comes out on March 5, 2018

Late last year we talked about Chugoku Jozo’s first foray into distillation of spirits at the newly opened Sakurao Distillery. It looks like that distillery is now fully armed and operational as the company announced March 5 as the release date for their first spirits, Sakurao […]

Suntory’s The Cocktail Bar Professional Gin & Tonic, Moscow Mule RTDs

Suntory’s The Cocktail Bar Professional Gin & Tonic, Moscow Mule RTDs

Suntory is bringing some RTDs out on April 3rd that should appeal to the barely more discerning combini drinker. The one who walks into a combini, gets all huffy, and turns to their friend and says: I want a drink, but chuhai is too cheap […]

Single Malt Komagatake Double Cellars Bottled in 2018

Single Malt Komagatake Double Cellars Bottled in 2018

Hombo Shuzo’s first Mars Whisky release of 2018 will be Single Malt Komagatake Double Cellars Bottled in 2018. The “Double Cellars” here refers to the cellars of both the Mars Shinshu Distillery and the Mars Tsunuki Distillery — this one is a vatting of whiskies […]

Final Fantasy Whisky commemorates 30 years of the series

Final Fantasy Whisky commemorates 30 years of the series

Chocobos! Airships! Bahamut! Cactuar! And now you can apparently add Final Fantasy whisky to that list. Square Enix has teamed up with Shinanoya to release a whisky to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Final Fantasy, originally launched in 1987. The whisky, named “Glenfarclas 1987-2017 Refill […]

Chuhai Watch: Spring Feeling

Chuhai Watch: Spring Feeling

Although we’re still deep in winter, our friends in the alcohol industry are already thinking about how to make our Hanami season more tasty and wet. Usually that involves pink, peach, cherry, and strawberry flavors, plus a heavy pour of booze. Here’s a round-up of […]

You Missed the Devilman Whisky

You Missed the Devilman Whisky

Yes, Devilman Whisky is now a thing. Go Nagai’s iconic manga series Devilman saw an extremely well-received revival last week in the form of Devilman Crybaby on Netflix. The original series actually only ran for around a year from 1972 to 1973. Since then though […]

Suntory launches “THE ESSENCE of SUNTORY WHISKY” series

Suntory launches “THE ESSENCE of SUNTORY WHISKY” series

Big big news early in the year from Suntory Spirits as they have just announced the new “THE ESSENCE of SUNTORY WHISKY” series. The first three bottles of the series are as follows, all dropping on February 27: THE ESSENCE Single Malt Whisky Yamazaki Distillery […]

Chuhai Watch: Citrusy winter, cherry & strawberry, green apricot

Chuhai Watch: Citrusy winter, cherry & strawberry, green apricot

Although Dec 25-29 is a regular workweek here in Japan, things are definitely winding down for the year. Barring any major announcements I expect this Chuhai Watch to be my last post of 2017. It’s been an amazing year for the Japanese alcohol industry and […]