Category: Reviews

Tasting Report: Lemon-Do Chuhai, Coca-Cola’s first alcoholic drinks

Tasting Report: Lemon-Do Chuhai, Coca-Cola’s first alcoholic drinks

Earlier this year Coca-Cola made waves when they revealed their intention to enter the alcoholic beverage market for the first time in the company’s 132-year history. And they are doing so right here in Japan. The three “Lemon-Do” chuhais are now available–only in Japan’s southern island […]

Review: Nikka Black Rich Blend Extra Sherry

Review: Nikka Black Rich Blend Extra Sherry

Nikka Black Rich Blend Extra Sherry is the latest from Nikka, just released on May 29, 2018. Similar to how last winter’s Nikka Black Aromatic was a limited edition of Nikka Black, Extra Sherry here is a limited edition take on Nikka Black Rich Blend. […]

Review: Tarusky Premium Blend, 12-year cask aged shochu

Review: Tarusky Premium Blend, 12-year cask aged shochu

When Japan’s only independent cooperage decides to release a liquor, I pay attention. “Tarusky” is Kyoto-based Ariake Sangyo’s brand of cask-aged shochu. Tonight we’re drinking from bottle #534 of “Tarusky Premium Blend.” It’s a liquor that blurs the line between whisky and shochu. Inside we find […]

Review: Suntory The Cocktail Bar Professional Gin & Tonic, Moscow Mule

Review: Suntory The Cocktail Bar Professional Gin & Tonic, Moscow Mule

Two of Suntory’s latest RTDs, The Cocktail Bar Professional Gin & Tonic and The Cocktail Bar Professional Moscow Mule were just released on April 3rd. New, affordable, and two cocktails I drink at bars. Sure, why not? Before that though let’s just take a look […]

Review: Sakurao Gin Original, Sakurao Gin Limited

Review: Sakurao Gin Original, Sakurao Gin Limited

Tonight we’re drinking the very first products to come out of Chugoku Jozo’s new Sakurao Distillery: Sakurao Gin Original and Sakurao Gin Limited. Founded in 1918, Chugoku Jozo is already fairly well known for the Togouchi brand of Japanese whisky. But again I have to […]

Review: Helios Distillery KURA The WHISKY Rum Cask Finish

Review: Helios Distillery KURA The WHISKY Rum Cask Finish

Tonight we’re drinking whisky from Okinawa’s Helios Distillery, one of Japan’s many distilleries located on the island. “KURA The WHISKY RUM CASK FINISH” is Helios’ first whisky released since October 2016. Helios has a fairly short history by Japanese distillery standards, launching rum distillation in […]

Review: Akkeshi New Born 2018 Foundations 1

Review: Akkeshi New Born 2018 Foundations 1

Akkeshi New Born 2018 Foundations 1 is the name of Akkeshi Distillery’s very first official release. We’ve posted extensively about Hokkaido’s Akkeshi Distillery already: it’s one of our Distilleries to Watch 2018-19, and there’s plenty more we learned at last year’s seminar at the Tokyo […]

Review: Muji Sake, 2017 edition

Review: Muji Sake, 2017 edition

As reported last month, un-brand brand Muji released a Muji sake again in 2017, this time on December 22. Luckily I live nearby the flagship in Yurakucho, so I managed to pick up a bottle on launch day before they sold out. Let’s have some […]

Review: Nikka Black Aromatic

Review: Nikka Black Aromatic

Following after Nikka Black Blender’s Spirit and Nikka Black Crossover, this Nikka Black Aromatic is the third and final limited-edition release of Nikka Black in 2017. Like its predecessors it is essentially a special edition of Nikka Black, itself Nikka’s answer to Suntory’s everyman whisky, […]

Review: PiscoLogía Acholado

Review: PiscoLogía Acholado

Pisco is unfortunately one of the more under-represented spirits in Japan. Looking past the country’s obsession with all things whisky, the focus for most standard bars remains on the traditional cocktails with traditional bases. That’s why it’s a privilege to review PiscoLogía Acholado, imported into Japan […]