Category: Reviews

Review: Mars Whisky Single Malt Komagatake Limited Edition 2018

Review: Mars Whisky Single Malt Komagatake Limited Edition 2018

On October 1, Mars Whisky released the Single Malt Komagatake Limited Edition 2018. Suntory may have failed to release the Yamazaki Limited Edition 2018, so here’s Mars Whisky to wear those pants instead. Limited to 10,000 bottles, it’s at 48% abv. This new Limited Edition […]

Review: Mars Whisky The Lucky Cat “May”

Review: Mars Whisky The Lucky Cat “May”

Someone called this latest release in Mars Whisky’s Lucky Cat series, “May”, a stealth release. I couldn’t agree more. As of this writing, it’s still not on Hombo Shuzo’s homepage, despite going on sale already. And the whole “going on sale” part was the only […]

Review: Miyagikyo Manzanilla Wood Finish, Yoichi Manzanilla Wood Finish

Review: Miyagikyo Manzanilla Wood Finish, Yoichi Manzanilla Wood Finish

Two guest reviews by David Tsujimoto of Aloha Whisky in one week! This time he’s back with his review of the new Yoichi and Miyagikyo Manzanilla Wood Finish releases, direct from Nikka’s Miyagikyo Distillery near Sendai. As we learned last week, Nikka Whisky is repeating […]

Review: Chichibu Chibidaru 2018

Review: Chichibu Chibidaru 2018

The first guest contribution to nomunication.jp comes from David Tsujimoto of Aloha Whisky (FB/IG), who managed to snag one of the new Ichiro’s Malt Chibidaru 2018 bottles from Mitsukoshi/Isetan. Only 140 bottles were made available at 27,000 yen apiece. They’ve since gone up to 64,800 yen […]

Review: Sakurao Gin Hamagou

Review: Sakurao Gin Hamagou

Chugoku Jozo’s Sakurao Distillery has been on point this year. Their first gin releases were good. Really good — read my review here. So good, in fact, that the Sakurao Gin Original took home the Best of Gin award at this year’s Los Angeles International […]

Review: Nikka Black Deep Blend Extra Sweet

Review: Nikka Black Deep Blend Extra Sweet

Tonight we’re drinking the latest limited edition offering from Nikka, Nikka Black Deep Blend Extra Sweet. With dwindling stocks leading to a shortage of age-statement releases, Nikka has had to get creative. Over the past couple years this has manifested itself in an onslaught of […]

Review: Benizakura Distillery’s 9148, Kyoya Distillery’s Hinata

Review: Benizakura Distillery’s 9148, Kyoya Distillery’s Hinata

Two of the newest Japanese craft gins to hit the scene are 9148 from Sapporo’s Benizakura Distilley, and Hinata from Kyoya Distillery in Miyazaki Prefecture. Tonight we’re drinking both! Benizakura Distillery 9148 Recipe 0101 Review Full disclosure, both of the gins I’m drinking tonight I’ve […]

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 […]

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. […]