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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 […]

Chuhai Watch: Spring Feeling

Chuhai Watch: Spring Feeling

Although we’re still deep in winter, our friends in the alcohol industry are already thinking about how to make our Hanami season more tasty and wet. Usually that involves pink, peach, cherry, and strawberry flavors, plus a heavy pour of booze. Here’s a round-up of […]

You Missed the Devilman Whisky

You Missed the Devilman Whisky

Yes, Devilman Whisky is now a thing. Go Nagai’s iconic manga series Devilman saw an extremely well-received revival last week in the form of Devilman Crybaby on Netflix. The original series actually only ran for around a year from 1972 to 1973. Since then though […]

Suntory launches “THE ESSENCE of SUNTORY WHISKY” series

Suntory launches “THE ESSENCE of SUNTORY WHISKY” series

Big big news early in the year from Suntory Spirits as they have just announced the new “THE ESSENCE of SUNTORY WHISKY” series. The first three bottles of the series are as follows, all dropping on February 27: THE ESSENCE Single Malt Whisky Yamazaki Distillery […]

PBO Bartender’s Competition 2018 on March 18

PBO Bartender’s Competition 2018 on March 18

Japan’s Professional Bartender’s Organization has announced the PBO Bartender’s Competition 2018 on March 18 over at Kinshicho’s Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo. This year’s competition is guaranteed to be fierce once again as bartenders from across Japan battle for two different titles: The Creation Cup begins at […]

Liquor Mountain Ginza 777 Grand Opening on Jan 11

Liquor Mountain Ginza 777 Grand Opening on Jan 11

Liquor Mountain has announced the grand opening of their new store smack in the middle of Ginza’s bar district, located at the address Tokyo-to Chuo-ku Ginza 7-7-7. The grand opening is next week, January 11 from 11AM. I normally don’t cover such individual store or […]

Chuhai Watch: Citrusy winter, cherry & strawberry, green apricot

Chuhai Watch: Citrusy winter, cherry & strawberry, green apricot

Although Dec 25-29 is a regular workweek here in Japan, things are definitely winding down for the year. Barring any major announcements I expect this Chuhai Watch to be my last post of 2017. It’s been an amazing year for the Japanese alcohol industry and […]

Muji Sake comes again on December 22, 2017

Muji Sake comes again on December 22, 2017

Minimalist powerhouse and anti-brand Muji is releasing a Muji Sake again this year that uses only Nagasa-mai rice from Chiba’s Kamogawa city. Famous for its rice since Japan’s Edo period, the area is more recently known for the Oyama Senmaida, selected as one of Japan’s […]

AKAYANE Craft Gin from Sata Souji Shoten

AKAYANE Craft Gin from Sata Souji Shoten

One of Japan’s premier Satsuma shochu makers, Kagoshima-based Sata Souji Shoten, has revealed AKAYANE Craft Gin just before Japan gets into our year-end/New Year’s holiday period. The base spirit of AKAYANE Craft Gin (“Red Roof”) is actually potato shochu, rather than a vodka like you’ll […]

Swallow’s Paradise

Swallow’s Paradise

Yakult! You may have heard of the Yakult Swallows, the professional baseball team sponsored by the company. The company began selling its probiotic health drink of the same name way back in 1935 out of Fukuoka. But these days Yakult is available in a lot of different countries […]