Hokkaido

Hokkaido: A Hub for Japanese Spirit Production

Hokkaido is Japan’s second largest island, situated in the country’s northernmost prefecture. The island is home to the famous city of Sapporo, where the huge Snow Festival is held annually, as well as Niseko (the country’s most popular ski resort), the famous Noboribetsu hot springs, and rolling fields of lavender and beautiful summer flowers. It’s […]

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Essence of Suntory 2019 Brings Spanish Influence To Yamazaki Whisky

Launched in February 2018, the Essence of Suntory experimental series set out to explore the expert craftsmanship behind Suntory whisky, providing insight into what is possible in their distilleries through unique finishes that stray from the norm. The 2018 releases were huge successes, lapped up by Japanese whisky fans around the world, and this year’s […]

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The 10 Best-Selling Japanese Whiskies of 2018

With 2019 well underway, we’ve already had some exciting new releases. The Trinitas, the Mars ‘Sun and Phoenix’ single malt and, most recently, the stunning Karuizawa Shibari Collection have all been well received. On top of that, we have plenty of others to look forward to, the upcoming Suntory Ao World Blend for example. But […]

Karuizawa’s 35 Year Old Shibari Collection

Karuizawa’s 35 Year Old Shibari Collection: It’s Art, It’s History, It’s Incredible Whisky

As you can see from our home page, we’re honored and thrilled to be able to offer the new Karuizawa Shibari Collection, a quartet of 35 Year Old sherry cask-aged whiskies whose bottles are an homage to the Japanese art of rope bondage. Limited to 45 sets — a mere 180 bottles — we’re using a ballot […]