Benizakura Distillery – Hokkaido Gin & George Orwell

The city of Sapporo is the capital of Hokkaido, known throughout the world for its skiing culture, Sapporo beer, and the amazing Sapporo Snow Festival, which attracts millions of tourists each year. The city is also the fifth largest in Japan in terms of population. Looking at Japanese food, Hokkaido can’t be beaten. The cold […]

Yamazaki Limited Edition 2018 Will Not Be Released, Suntory Confirms

Yamazaki Limited Edition 2018 Will Not Be Released, Suntory Confirms

Breaking News: During a conversation, a spokesperson from Suntory confirmed that the Yamazaki distillery will not be releasing the much-anticipated Yamazaki Limited Edition 2018. The famed range started with a bottling in 2014 and new releases have launched each year since, in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Some have speculated and the rumour has been around for […]

Japanese Whisky At The International Spirits Challenge 2018

Japanese Whisky At The International Spirits Challenge 2018

The whisky results of the International Spirits Challenge 2018 were published today, on May 11th. There are some wonderful Gold winners in the Japanese whisky categories this year which are, as usual, dominated by the giants of Japanese whisky, Suntory and Nikka. In last year’s competition, Suntory was named “World Whisky Producer of the Year” […]

Japan Shines In Asia’s Best 50 Bars List

Japan Shines In Asia’s Best 50 Bars List

This news may come as a surprise to few, especially those who know the bar scene in Japan, and the amazing quality and service that can be found. The standards are set high. However, we’re always overjoyed to see Japan and its drinks scene shine on the global stage, and love to report these happenings […]

Kamiki - The World’s First Japanese Cedar Finished Whisky

Kamiki – The World’s First Japanese Cedar Finished Whisky

We’ve seen a lot of wonderful whiskies come out of Japan in recent years, each with their own unique story. While the renowned Yamazaki, Hibiki, Hakushu, and Nikka brands lead the way, smaller distilleries like Chichibu, Mars Shinshu, and White Oak are quickly rising through the ranks and reaching a global audience. As we continue […]

Hibiki Whisky – The Facets Of Harmony

Hibiki Whisky – The Facets Of Harmony

The assumed inferiority of blended whisky originates from the mistaken belief that blended expressions comprise the bad-tasting whiskies the Scotch distilleries don’t want. And this belief has lingered throughout the years. Sometimes change must come from the outside. Enter Japanese blended whisky. The word premium was attached to Japanese blended whisky, and pushed across the […]

On The Road With dekantā – Paul John Distillery

On The Road With dekantā – Paul John Distillery

Japanese whisky will always be our pride and joy, but as we stand on the edge of Japan and look West towards Asia, there’s a whole lot of great whisky being made. We’re always up for a bit of exploring, so we decided to venture out and meet the people behind these amazing Asian whiskies. […]

Suntory, Kirin, Asahi Come Together Against Pollution

Suntory, Kirin, Asahi Come Together Against Pollution

In recent news by Suntory, Japan’s largest drinks companies have come together to combat the rising issue of air pollution in Asia. It seems it will be a common interest in protecting the environment, and not whisky, that will bring these major industry players to collaborate. Japan’s most major beer makers, Suntory, Asahi, Kirin, and Sapporo, […]

Interview With Brian Ashcraft On “Japanese Whisky - The Ultimate Guide to the World’s Most Desirable Spirit”

Interview With Brian Ashcraft On “Japanese Whisky – The Ultimate Guide to the World’s Most Desirable Spirit”

Any lover of Japanese culture has read something by Brian Ashcraft. Personally, I follow his seasonal anime guides on Kotaku, but he writes on everything “Japan”. Tattoos, recent trends, politics, robots, you name it and he’s probably covered it. So, I’m glad to chat with him about his most recent book on an important part […]