the mother" of Japanese whisky

Rita Taketsuru “the mother” of Japanese whisky

Rita Taketsuru might be largely forgotten in her native Scotland, but the same cannot said about her adopted country of Japan. Well known in some Japanese circles, the Scottish-born wife of one of Japan’s favorite sons is now almost a household name thanks to NHK’s morning drama series about their adventures. Rita (full name Jessie […]

The Hanyu Playing Cards

The Hanyu Playing Cards

The Hanyu playing card labels are a limited editions of Ichiro’s malt whisky. Each and every label has a unique playing card motif, 58 in total. The story behind these labels is quite interesting. The Hanyu distillery was founded back in 1941 by Isouji Akuto, whose family had actually been in the sake-making business since […]

Marcin Miller – The Number One Whisky Man

Marcin Miller – The Number One Whisky Man

  Europe is lucky, it has Marcin Miller, without him there might not be much Japanese whisky on the continent. Marcin Miller is the founder and owner of Number One Drinks, a Europe-wide distributor of fine Japanese whisky such as Chichibu, Hanyu, Kawasaki and Karuizawa. He used to be an editor and published of the […]