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10 ways to drink Japanese whisky: #9, Half Rock

10 ways to drink Japanese whisky: #9, Half Rock

As Japanese whisky makers enjoy their time in the worldwide spotlight, more and more people are waking up to the reality that Japanese consumers may also know a thing or two about the ways to drink Japanese whisky. Of course there’s the izakaya staple whisky […]

Event Report: Gin-Posium Japan 2018

Gin-Posium Japan 2018 was held on November 25, 2018!

Event Report: Whisky Festival 2018 in Tokyo

Event Report: Whisky Festival 2018 in Tokyo

Last weekend was that time of year again! Whisky Festival 2018 in Tokyo. This year’s festival was held over two days for the first time, but as I had other obligations on the 25th, here’s my report from the 24th. Jump to:Introduction: The future of […]

Masataka Taketsuru: Japanese whisky’s dark early days

Masataka Taketsuru: Japanese whisky’s dark early days

2018 marks a century since the founder of Nikka Whisky, Masataka Taketsuru, set out on a journey that would alter the history of Japanese whisky. Based primarily on his serialized autobiography originally published in Nikkei in 1968, in Part Seven Taketsuru gets to work making whisky […]

Review: Single Malt Whisky White Oak Akashi Sake Cask

Review: Single Malt Whisky White Oak Akashi Sake Cask

Releases like this White Oak Akashi Sake Cask make me feel warm and fuzzy about the future of Japanese whisky. And that’s not just because it’s 50% abv! Japanese Whisky Shortage for a few years I mean, sure — we are in the midst of […]

Kirin is killing Fuji Sanroku Tarujuku 50°

Kirin is killing Fuji Sanroku Tarujuku 50°

Another one bites the dust! This time the sad news comes from Kirin, who has begun informing retailers, bars/izakaya, and distributors that the death of their blended Fuji Sanroku Tarujuku 50° is imminent. While Suntory and Nikka have killed or suspended some of their more premium whiskies […]

Amahagan World Malt Edition No.1 from Nagahama Distillery

Amahagan World Malt Edition No.1 from Nagahama Distillery

Spell Nagahama backwards and you get Amahagan, the name Nagahama Distillery has chosen for their experiments with blending. We know that they’ve been fiddling around quite a bit with their peat levels at Japan’s smallest whisky distillery, so it looks like they’ve begun trying their […]

Kayuki Ume Spirits from Nakano BC

Kayuki Ume Spirits from Nakano BC

Umeshu is often mistranslated as “plum wine.” Plum liquor is a more accurate term. It’s made by letting plums steep inside of a neutral spirit such as korui (multi-distilled) shochu. As there isn’t any actual fermentation or distillation going on when making the umeshu itself, […]

Japan business drinking culture guide

Japan business drinking culture guide

Loosen your necktie and get ready to drink salaryman-style! Our latest guide covers the nomikai, a big part of Japan’s rich business drinking culture. We go into everything from where you’re supposed to stand in an elevator (really!) to literally throwing drunk people in the […]

Craft Gin The Inland Sea Setouchi

Craft Gin The Inland Sea Setouchi

There’s a new Japanese craft gin out since last Friday, dubbed “The Inland Sea Setouchi.” It brings together botanicals from across the various prefectures that surround the renowned Seto Inland Sea. The new gin appears to be some sort of collaboration that involving three separate players in […]