Category Archives: Akkeshi

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5 New Whiskies Worth Writing Home About

2021 has been a relatively slow year for new Japanese whisky releases, partly owing to the on-going whisky shortage, and partly down to distillery closures as a result of Covid-19. However, in the past couple of months we have seen a handful of mouth-watering expressions appear on the market, from fine single malts to unique […]

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Christmas Countdown Day 3 – Akkeshi Sarorunkamuy

Only three more sleeps ’til Christmas and that means we have three more superb Japanese Whisky releases for 2020 to look at before Santa finally arrives. Today, we’re looking at another excellent release from the Akkeshi distillery. Despite being relatively new on the scene, they have impressed us with their well-rounded, moreish expressions and for […]

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Christmas Countdown Day 7 – The Akkeshi Kanro

With Christmas just a week away, it’s time to kick-off our Christmas Countdown! This year, we’re doing something a bit different and focusing on our favourite Japanese whisky releases of 2020, highlighting a different bottle each day and giving you the opportunity to add it to your collection at a discounted price. What better way […]

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Akkeshi To Release New Single Malt – Akkeshi Kanro

Akkeshi is one of Japan’s fastest rising craft whisky distilleries. Situated on the stunning northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, they have been distilling whisky since 2016. The distillery founder, Keiichi Toita, chose the island as the location for his whisky venture thanks to his love of Islay single malts. The climate on Hokkaido is both […]

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The Best Japanese Whisky Of 2020

2020 has been one of the most difficult and eventful years in recent memory, with the Covid-19 pandemic sweeping the globe and turning our day-to-day lives upside down. It has thrown up challenges that no one ever saw coming; from being locked in our homes week after week; to learning to enjoy socially distanced meetings […]

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Akkeshi Distillery Releases First Single Malt Whisky – The Sarorunkamuy

The Akkeshi distillery, situated on the stunning northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, has been distilling whisky since 2016. The distillery founder, Keiichi Toita, chose the island as the location for his whisky venture thanks to his love of Islay single malts. The climate on Hokkaido is both cool and wet, and so conditions are perfect […]

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The Best Japanese Whisky of 2019 (so far)

We’re now over half way through 2019 and what a year it has been so far. We’ve tasted some fantastic whiskies, released a number of exciting exclusives, delivered tens of thousands of bottles of Japanese whisky to happy customers around the world and celebrated our 4th anniversary in style in Tokyo. The fact that we’re […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]