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Ohishi Single Sherry Cask Whisky – A K&L Direct Import Feature – Japanese Whisky News

Ohishi Single Sherry Cask Whisky – A K&L Direct Import Feature While the quality of Japanese whisky has never been a secret amongst our colleagues and customers, the popularity of the genre has skyrocketed over the past few years thanks to some major awards and accolades from some of the industry’s biggest publications. What was once a niche market has become the obsession of the entire world, which has been great for Japan’…


The ‘Nikka Shock’: Nikka Radically Restructures their Whisky Line-up

Post by Stefan Van Eycken, Tokyo Nikka has shocked whisky fans at home and abroad with their new whisky strategy. It has been in the news for a while now – even the mainstream media in Japan have reported on this (strangely enough always focusing on Yoichi, even though it applies to their other distillery, Miyagikyo, as well, and some of their blends, too) – but we got so many messages form readers asking for clarification, we’d bette…


Croftengea 1992, Whisky Live Japan


Photo of Croftengea 1992, Whisky Live Japan


Paris scene is buzzing

Bar Curio, first specialist Japanese whisky bar outside of Japan It has slowly dawned on me in recent weeks that Paris is, without doubt, become the most exciting city for Japanese whisky outside of Japan itself. Last month, Nonjatta carried an item about a temporary store devoted entirely to the Japanese good stuff opened by La Maison du Whisky at 6 Carrefour de L’ Odéon in the French capital.The response was so enthusiastic that the stor…


Japan with power and ages

Hanyu 2000/2015 (58.8%, OB for La Maison du Whisky, cask #63, 300 bottles) – Yamazaki 1998/2013 ‘Arima’ (60%, OB, Izumiya 60th Anniversary, sherry butt, cask #CU 70065) – Chichibu 2011/2015 ‘The Peated’ (62.5%, OB) ) Pete and Jack…


Royal Salute 25 Years, Royal Wedding Crown Prince of Japan


Photo of Royal Salute 25 Years, Royal Wedding Crown Prince of Japan


Paris scene is buzzing

Bar Curio, first specialist Japanese whisky bar outside of Japan It has slowly dawned on me in recent weeks that Paris is, without doubt, become the most exciting city for Japanese whisky outside of Japan itself. Last month, Nonjatta carried an item about a temporary store devoted entirely to the Japanese good stuff opened by La Maison du Whisky at 6 Carrefour de L’ Odéon in the French capital.The response was so enthusiastic that the stor…


Yamazaki Distillery

Japan — Yamazaki

Yamazaki Distillery (山崎蒸留所) is a Japanese whisky distillery located in the outskirts of Japan’s acient capital of Kyoto, Shimamoto, Osaka and is owned by Suntory. It was founded in 1923 by Shinjiro Torii (the founder of Suntory) and was Japan’s first whisky distillery. 7,000 bottles of unblended malt whisky are on display in the ‘Whisky Library’. Today the distillery is the most popular single malt whisky in Japan. The Yamazaki range…


Chichibu and Karuizawa distilleries unaffected by Fukushima situation

Further to the couple of posts I have put up trying to address concerns about the affect of the situation at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power (1,2) on Japanese Whisky, No. 1 drinks has done voluntary testing to clear up some facts about the whisky they are importing. In summary, there was no trace of radioactive material in whiskies stored at Chichibu or Karuizawa. I have posted No. 1′s press release below. It offers exactly what we need…


Ichiro`s Blends

Post by Nonjatta contributor Stefan of Tokyo Whisky Hub. In general, releasing blends is not really an option for the small craft distiller in Japan (for that you would have to distill your own grain whisky, which is what the major players in the business do, of course), so when Ichiro Akuto (of Chichibu Distillery) discovered some old casks of Kawasaki grain whisky a new avenue of enterprise opened up: the small batch craft distiller blend.&n…