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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 […]

Nikka Black Deep Blend Extra Sweet in September

Nikka Black Deep Blend Extra Sweet in September

Nikka Black Deep Blend Extra Sweet looks to be the latest variation of budget-friendly blended whisky out of Nikka, slated for release on or around September 11. It has just popped up on Amazon JP for a 2,138 yen, so a 700 yen premium over […]

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 […]

BLACKADDER Chichibu 4yo Virgin American Oak Barrel Cask No.2862 63%

BLACKADDER Chichibu 4yo Virgin American Oak Barrel Cask No.2862 63%

Scotch bottler Blackadder has a new release coming up, this time a Chichibu 4yo cask, marking their third release for a Japanese whisky. And it has a hell of a descriptive name, “BLACKADDER Chichibu 4yo Virgin American Oak Barrel Cask No.2862 63%.” Anyway, previous releases […]

Event Report: GINfest Tokyo 2018

Event Report: GINfest Tokyo 2018

GINfest Tokyo was held for the first time ever this year out at Tennoz Isle! Over this past weekend, around 3500 gin lovers made their way to the event, which featured around 100 different types of gin from both within and outside of Japan. While […]

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 […]

Komasa Gin from Komasa Jyozo coming July 28

Komasa Gin from Komasa Jyozo coming July 28

Kagoshima-based shochu maker Komasa Jyozo has a new gin coming soon called “Komasa Gin Sakurajima Komikan,” using komikans from the (very) active volano island of Sakurajima. A “komikan” is a smaller variety of mikan, also known as a satsuma. As a category it’s tough to […]

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 […]

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. […]


Product Releases

Nikka Black Deep Blend Extra Sweet in September

Nikka Black Deep Blend Extra Sweet in September

Nikka Black Deep Blend Extra Sweet looks to be the latest variation of budget-friendly blended whisky out of Nikka, slated for release on or around September 11. It has just popped up on Amazon JP for a 2,138 yen, so a 700 yen premium over […]

BLACKADDER Chichibu 4yo Virgin American Oak Barrel Cask No.2862 63%

BLACKADDER Chichibu 4yo Virgin American Oak Barrel Cask No.2862 63%

Scotch bottler Blackadder has a new release coming up, this time a Chichibu 4yo cask, marking their third release for a Japanese whisky. And it has a hell of a descriptive name, “BLACKADDER Chichibu 4yo Virgin American Oak Barrel Cask No.2862 63%.” Anyway, previous releases […]

Komasa Gin from Komasa Jyozo coming July 28

Komasa Gin from Komasa Jyozo coming July 28

Kagoshima-based shochu maker Komasa Jyozo has a new gin coming soon called “Komasa Gin Sakurajima Komikan,” using komikans from the (very) active volano island of Sakurajima. A “komikan” is a smaller variety of mikan, also known as a satsuma. As a category it’s tough to […]

Marsmalt Le Papillon H.glaucippe liukiuensis Single Cask Japanese Whisky

Marsmalt Le Papillon H.glaucippe liukiuensis Single Cask Japanese Whisky

We wake up this morning to find that Mars Whisky’s fourth release in the Le Papillon series is “H.glaucippe liukiuensis,” a butterfly perhaps better known by the name Great Orange Tip. The whisky however is distilled in March 2014 in Shinshu, rested in a single […]

MOON GLOW Limited Edition 2018

MOON GLOW Limited Edition 2018

Wakatsuru Saburomaru Distillery is releasing their latest blended whisky tomorrow — it’s called MOON GLOW Limited Edition 2018. This time around it’s primarily using a 20 year malt mixed mixed with others at least 10 years of age. Only 6000 bottles of this will be […]