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The Whisky Exchange “TWE in Japan: Karuizawa Trip Pt.6″ – Japanese Whisky News

TWE in Japan: Karuizawa Trip Pt.6 Welcome to the sixth instalment of our trip to Japan. Readers with too much time on their hands can catch up on the full story so far here, here, here, here and here. After the emotions stirred up by our … Continue reading >>…


The Whisky Exchange in Japan – Karuizawa Trip Pt.5 – Japanese Whisky News

TWE in Japan – Karuizawa Trip Pt.5 [Welcome to the fifth part of TWE's trip to Japan last year.  You can read the earlier instalments in this saga of inter-continental dramming here, here, here and here.] The town of Karuizawa is an upmarket holiday resort, with the … Continue reading >>…


World Whiskies Awards 2014: Japan takes World’s Best Blended Malt Whisky

…ompany)World’s Best Blended Malt Whisky: Taketsuru 17 (Nikka)World’s Best Single Malt Whisky: Sullivans Cove French Oak Single Cask (Tasmania Distillery) As painful as it is to admit it, there is little reason to celebrate in Japan. In all but one of the previous WWA editions, Japan took the title in at least two – and in 2011, even all three! – of the top categories. This time round, like five years ago, only one Japanese whisky managed to pick…


Arran distillery managing director Euan Mitchell in Japan: a chat about what lies ahead

Post by Stefan Van Eycken, Tokyo At the beginning of the month, Arran distillery managing director Euan Mitchell was in Japan for a few days. We caught up with him at the Park Hotel in Tokyo and – seeing as he had brought some cask samples of forthcoming releases – we started by asking him about the much-anticipated 18-year old… Euan: It’s obviously designed to be the premium offering. As things stand, the plan is for the standard range to…


All over the world, four by four, today Japan vs. Sweden

Fujikai 10 yo (43%, OB, Japan, 8,808 bottles, +/-2015) – Chichibu 2011-2012/2015 ?ePower? (61.1%, OB, Japan, casks #1490+1683, 538 bottles) – Box 2011/2014 (58.2%, OB, Sweden, for Hasse Peters, oloroso sherry, cask #A414) – Mackmyra Bruks Whisky (41.4%, OB, Sweden, +/-2015)…


Breaking News: New Malt Whisky Distillery to be opened in 2016 in Japan

Post by Stefan Van Eycken, Tokyo Photo: Hokkaido by Chi King (CC BY 2.0) News has just come out that Japan will get its 9th malt whisky distillery next year. It is a project of Tokyo-based export/import company Kenten Jitsugyou (who import raw food materials into Japan and export liquor), but the actual distillery will be in Hokkaido. It will be the second distillery in Hokkaido (after Yoichi) but the first one in the Doutou area (i.e. the…


3 New SMWS Nikka Single Casks from Japan

Post by Stefan of Tokyo Whisky Hub. For Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) members in Japan, the end of November will be really special, and for those who aren’t a member, now’s the time to dig into your pockets and become part of what really is a must-join club for the serious whisky enthusiast. On November 22nd, a commemorative event will be held to mark the launch of three new Nikka single casks as Society bottlings. These are t…


Whisky From Japan Has An Outing in Highland Perthshire On A Snowy Day – Japanese Whisky News

Whisky from Japan has an outing in Highland Perthshire on a snowy day. December 13th I took a wee trip north into Highland Perthshire, I took a pal with me – this bottle. It was pretty grim weather but one has to do these things (isnee that what someone famous said?). White Oak is from a Japanese distillery near Kobe. They’ve named Akashi after the town the distillery is in. White Oak: a blended whisky at 40%, smooth with apple, sugar and…


The Whisky Exchange in Japan – Karuizawa Trip Pt.1 – Japanese Whisky News

TWE in Japan – Karuizawa Trip Pt.1 Last month, I was privileged to join Sukhinder on a trip to Japan as guests of Number One Drinks Co., who import some of Japan’s finest whiskies into the UK, including Ichiro Akuto’s Chichibu and his famous Ichiro’s Malt Card Series. Fans … Continue reading >>…


UPDATE : Craft Distillers Produce Unique Whisky to Support Japan

UPDATE : Craft Distillers Produce Unique Whisky to Support Japan Following the release of unique whisky ‘Spirit of Unity’ in aid of Japan’s disaster relief effort, 100 of the 1,000 bottles available in the UK has already been sold. This represents the sale of 10% of the limited edition bottling and a total of £5,900 raised within just 24-hours. Euan Mitchell, managing director of Isle of Arran Distillers, comments: “We are overwhelmed with the…