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JAPANESE WHISKY ‘The blessing of nature and the wisdom of man.’ by Mark Davidson – Japanese Whisky News

JAPANESE WHISKY ‘The blessing of nature and the wisdom of man.’ Unlike the Scottish and Irish whisky industries the Japanese can trace the start of their production back to a clearer date. Although will that date be the turning of the first turf at the first distillery site, or the moment the first spirit runs off the still, what about the first bottling? Perhaps it should begin with the first action to set the ball rolling. This is harder to pi…


2011 Whisky Live! Japan

Japan’s biggest whisky festival is changing locations this year, hopping a few miles northwest from Odaiba’s waterside charms to the high-rise glitz of Roppongi’s Tokyo Midtown. It is also expanding from one day to two (Sat/Sun, February 19-20), but perhaps the biggest change for this year’s event is that it is going to be the culmination of a much wider national effort to promote whisky across Japan, called “Whisk…


THE HOUSE OF SUNTORY WHISKY PROUDLY INTRODUCES THE YAMAZAKI® MIZUNARA CASK 2017 EDITION™ – Japanese Whisky News

THE HOUSE OF SUNTORY WHISKY PROUDLY INTRODUCES THE YAMAZAKI® MIZUNARA CASK 2017 EDITION™  Japan’s Oldest Whisky Distillery Releases Limited Edition Offering Aged For 18 Years Exclusively In Japanese Mizunara Oak CHICAGO, IL (September 12, 2017) – For more than three generations, the master blenders at Suntory Whisky, the founding house of Japanese Whisky, have devoted themselves to pursuing the harmony of Japanese nature and craftsmanship….


Ocean’s early years (Part I) – Daikoku Budoshu and the birth of the brand

…series and deals with the top-left tributary illustrated in the graphic above: the Daikoku Budoshu/Ocean story from the early Meiji period to 1960. It is a pretty difficult history to try to follow but the author of the Japanese-language Malt Whisky Blog has done a fantastic job of untying the knots and it is definitely worth looking into. The post below reveals a long-lost malt distillery called Shiojiri in Nagano and deals with the start…


Whiskyfun devotes the week to stricken Japan

See bottom of post for ways to help Serge Valentin at Whiskyfun has decided to devote the week to Japanese whisky tastings, starting, of course, with Miyagikyo from the Sendai distillery, which in the middle of the disaster zone. Take a look at his post on the superb whisky they have made. Serge’s Japanese sessions: MiyagikyoYoichiHanyuYamazaki (sherry vs. mizunara)HakushuThree unusual whiskiesEx-bourbon YamazakisFour Japanese classicsMor…


Whisky Magazine Update on Japanese Distilleries, Employees & Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Emergency Relief Donation – Japanese Whisky News

Whisky Magazine has provided an update on the status of the Japanese distilleries http://whiskymagazine.wordpress.com/2011/03/16/updates-from-japanese-distilleries-16th-march-2011/ You may donate to the Japanese Red Cross at;  http://www.jrc.or.jp/english/relief/l4/Vcms4_00002070.html “We heartily appreciate your kind offer of donation. If you want to donate money to the affected population of earthquake and tsunami, please contact your…


Whiskycast on Japan and the King Car distillery, Taiwan

King Car distillery, Taiwan I forgot to mention that Mark Gillespie of the Whiskycast podcast (itunes), which is essential listening for anyone interested in whisky, interviewed me in the middle of the New Year festivities over here. I am not sure how much light I shone on Japanese whisky but Mark was his usual professional self while I stumbled over my sentences (link to interview on Mark’s website). Perhaps of more interest was an inter…


Whiskycast on Japan and the King Car distillery, Taiwan

King Car distillery, Taiwan I forgot to mention that Mark Gillespie of the Whiskycast podcast (itunes), which is essential listening for anyone interested in whisky, interviewed me in the middle of the New Year festivities over here. I am not sure how much light I shone on Japanese whisky but Mark was his usual professional self while I stumbled over my sentences (link to interview on Mark’s website). Perhaps of more interest was an interv…


Karuizawa 19 years for Whisky Live Japan 2010

DistilleryKaruizawa Review by Nonjatta contributor – Dramtastic: “Karuizawa 1990 19-year-old Sherry Butt for Whisky Live Japan 2010. Cask number 6446. 60 per cent alcohol.Nose: Big, bold sherry, as a follower of Karuizawa might expect. Marmalade, cherries and wood stain. Gets more woody with water.Palate: Neat, it’s not for the faint hearted. It is blistering stuff that needs water to tame. With water, the mouth feel is reaso…


Ardbeg Day Japan

Post by Stefan Van Eycken, Tokyo Unless you happened to be on another planet last weekend, it was hard – as a whisky enthusiast – to miss Ardbeg Day (June 1st). This year, for the first time, Ardbeg fans in Japan had a chance to celebrate their day in style as the Japanese team had organized a special party in the heart of Tokyo, at a fantastic place called IDOL in Omotesando. Visitors were handed a personalized Ardbeg Day Passport and the…