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Mars Whisky The Lucky Cat May

Mars Whisky The Lucky Cat May

Just under a year since the release of The Lucky Cat Mint, Mars Whisky is back with the fourth entry in the blended whisky series: The Lucky Cat May. Distilled Blended (ed: thanks for the correction) at the Mars Shinshu Distillery, the liquid gets finished […]

Masataka Taketsuru: Rita & Campbeltown

Masataka Taketsuru: Rita & Campbeltown

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, Part Four features romance, death, and whisky blending. Click […]

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 […]

Akashi Cabernet Franc cask from Isetan/Mitsukoshi

Akashi Cabernet Franc cask from Isetan/Mitsukoshi

The latest whisky release out of Kobe prefecture’s Akashi Distillery is an exclusive for Mitsukoshi and Isetan department stores, dubbed Akashi Cabernet Franc Cask. Pretty young at 4 years, the first three are spent in bourbon casks, and the last is spent in a Cabernet […]

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 […]

Yoichi and Miyagikyo Manzanilla Wood Finish on Sept 26

Yoichi and Miyagikyo Manzanilla Wood Finish on Sept 26

Nikka Whisky is back with another special edition for their Yoichi and Miyagikyo single malts: Manzanilla Wood Finish. This year it’s Manzanilla wood, using casks of sherries of the same name that hail from the Spanish port town of Sanlúcar de Barrameda. The casks were holding […]

Whisky Festival 2018 in Tokyo is November 24-25

Whisky Festival 2018 in Tokyo is November 24-25

This year’s Tokyo Whisky Festival, officially named “Whisky Festival 2018 in Tokyo,” is being held over two days for the first time in its history. It’s one of the larger whisky events, and this year marks the 11th year. The first time it was held […]

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 […]

Suntory and Karimoku team up for K Chair, made from whisky casks

Suntory and Karimoku team up for K Chair, made from whisky casks

Suntory and furniture maker Karimoku have teamed up to sell a version of the K Chair made from whisky casks. Slated to be released on September 28, each chair uses plenty of cask wood: 4 casks in the armrests alone, according to Karimoku. They have […]

Infographic: 20 Late Night Options in Tokyo

Infographic: 20 Late Night Options in Tokyo

Tokyo’s nightlife may be famous, but the party is only just starting after that last train leaves the station. What’s there to do? Shell out for a taxi to get back to your room? Sleep in a gutter? Drink more? How about… all of the […]