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“Spirits for Small Change“ Charity Event in Tokyo

Post by Stefan Van Eycken, Tokyo 日本語は以下に続きます (Japanese follows English) Today, we’re thrilled to be able to announce details of a special event that we are organizing in the heart of Tokyo on July 6th. There are a few things that make this event rather special, the most important of which is the fact that all proceeds will be donated to charity. ‘Carillon Kodomo Center’ was established in 2004 as the first children’s shelter in Japan. The C…


Forever Changed: the SMWS Japan Branch Changes Hands

Post by Stefan Van Eycken, Tokyo From April 1st – and this is not a premature April’s Fool joke, unfortunately – the Japanese branch of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) will be run by a new company. On that day, 16 years of nurturing by the incomparable Whisk-e team will come to an end. If this seems like “just one of those things”, a simple changing of the guard, we can you assure you it’s not. It will not only have an impact on the S…


Drinking Japan by Chris Bunting – Japanese Whisky News

Chris Bunting, who is probably best known among whisky drinkers for his www.Nonjatta.com blog about Japanese whisky, has just published a new guide to Japanese alcohol culture with Tuttle Publishing Ltd. Drinking Japan is a 288-page guide based on a year and a half spent travelling around Japan exploring its unique alcohol culture. Bunting says: “Many people may know me for various bits of writing I have done about Japanese whisky, but I have t…


New Japan by seven

Toki (43%, OB, Japan, Suntory, blend, +/-2017) – Kurayoshi ?Pure Malt? (43%, OB, Japan, Matsui, blended malt, +/-2016) – Kurayoshi ?Sherry Cask? (43%, OB, Japan, Matsui, blended malt, +/-2016) – Reki ?Pure Malt? (40%, OB, Japan, Helios, blended malt, +/-2017) – Okayama (40%, OB, Japan, Miyashita, single malt, +/-2017) – Akashi 5 yo ?Cognac Cask? (55%, OB, Japan, White Oak, single malt, 2017) – Chichibu 2009/20…


Get Whisky Live Japan Tickets

Tickets to Japan’s biggest whisky festival, Whisky Live Japan, will go on sale at 12 am tomorrow (January 5) at www.whiskylivejapan.com. This year’s extravaganza will be at Tokyo Big Sight, Odaiba on Sunday February 21. Entry tickets are 6,000 yen and tickets to the master classes (which must be booked and sometimes book out early) are 3,000 yen each. A Day Ticket which includes entry and three master class tickets is 13,000 yen. En…


Get Whisky Live Japan Tickets

Tickets to Japan’s biggest whisky festival, Whisky Live Japan, will go on sale at 12 am tomorrow (January 5) at www.whiskylivejapan.com. This year’s extravaganza will be at Tokyo Big Sight, Odaiba on Sunday February 21. Entry tickets are 6,000 yen and tickets to the master classes (which must be booked and sometimes book out early) are 3,000 yen each. A Day Ticket which includes entry and three master class tickets is 13,000 yen. En…


Craft Distillers Support Japan – Scotch Whisky News

Craft Distillers support Japan A group of independent Scottish Distilleries have agreed to collaborate to produce a unique whisky and donate all proceeds to the disaster relief effort in Japan. Each of the seven distilleries, representing the best craft producers in the Scotch whisky business, will donate a cask of their single malt that will be expertly blended to create a limited edition whisky, appropriately called the Spirit of Unity, which…


‘Spirits for Small Change’ raises over 6.5m yen

…es comes to 6,509,114 yen (roughly 63,000 USD / 47,000 EUR) – of which 3,621,767 yen goes to Carillon Kodomo Centre, which operates shelters for abused and neglected children in and around Tokyo, and 2,887,347 yen goes to the Japan chapter of Shine On! Kids, specifically their program to provide children with cancer with therapeutic dogs. ‘Spirits for Small Change’ wishes to thank everyone who contributed to the success of this first charity even…


Woodford Reserve arrives in Japan: a chat with Chris Morris

Post by Stefan Van Eycken, Tokyo & Pictures provided by Brown-Forman Woodford Reserve Master Distiller Chris Morris was in Japan for a couple of days recently to mark the – long overdue! – launch of the brand in Japan. We sat down with him and started by asking him about the five sources of bourbon flavour that contribute to the profile of Woodford Reserve. Chris Morris What are the specifics of the grain recipe for the standard Wo…


Bits and Pieces, today tasting Japan

Hibiki 12 yo (43%, OB, blend, Suntory, Japan, +/-2012) – Yoichi 10 yo (45%, OB, Nikka, Japan, +/-2012) – Yoichi 1990/2011 (50%, OB, Nikka, Japan) – Taketsuru 21 yo (43%, OB, Nikka, blended malt, Japan, +/- 2013) – Nikka ‘From the Barrel’ (51.4%, OB, blend, Japan, +/-2013) – Nikka ‘From the Barrel’ (51.4%, OB, blend, Japan, +/-2009) – Yamazaki 1991/2006 ‘Owner’s Cask’ (…