Category Archives: Chichibu

Karuizawa Whisky: Japan’s Legendary Liquid Gold

Karuizawa’s Unparalleled Growth Today Karuizawa whisky stands at the top of the global whisky industry, as the brand to rise most in value compared to any other whisky in the world, since 2013, according to auction and sales reports by Whiskystats.net. Karuizawa: A History When the distillery’s doors shut in 2000, the distillery team could […]

New Chichibu Distillery Is Under Construction

The mayor of Chichibu recently announced that a second distillery will be built in collaboration with Venture Whisky, Ichiro Akuto’s company behind the current Chichibu distillery. The mayor’s announcement states that the site will be completed in December 2018, located in an industrial park in Chichibu. The increased capacity will attempt to keep up with […]

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 […]

Japanese Whisky Rocks the World Whiskies Awards, Again

Japanese Whisky Rocks the World Whiskies Awards, Again

The doors opened to a large, well-lit hall and the whisky industry heavyweights poured in. Wine was offered at the entrance but seeing the selection of whiskies available, I moved towards that instead. It was a wonderful sight to see so many legends of the industry gathered in one place. Jota Tanaka from Fuji-Gotemba, Ichiro […]

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World Whiskies Awards Round 1 – Observing Japanese Whisky

It’s that time of the year again as Japanese whisky lovers await the final results of the World Whiskies Awards competition. For the fans that don’t remember, Japanese whisky rocked the competition last year, after expressions were named the World’s Best Blended, World’s Best Single Cask Single Malt, and World’s Best Grain. 2017 was huge […]

Japan At London Spirit Show 2017

The end of the year has been a very busy, exciting time for our team here at dekantā. Last month took us across Japan revisiting whisky distilleries, finally attending the amazing annual Tokyo Whisky Festival, before heading to Europe. Yet, one of the most exciting events of the year came last weekend, on the 1st […]

The Tokyo Whisky Festival 2017

The morning of November 26th was crisp and chilly when we arrived at Takadanobaba station in Tokyo. Clear blue skies overhead, a pleasant breeze kissed our faces as we walked towards the Belle Salle event hall, excited for the amazing whisky event ahead. Arriving at the hall, we looked for the end of the queue, […]

The Tokyo Whisky Festival 2017 Approaches

I’m dreaming of a white Chr… Tokyo Whisky Festival. *Sings*. It’s that time of the year when we check our naughty and nice list and decide who we’ll be taking to this year’s Tokyo Whisky Festival. After all, it’s the event of the year for fans of Japanese whisky. The event will take place on […]

Top Whiskies You’ll Only Find In Japan.. And At dekantā

You know it, we know it, and more people are coming to realize it – Japanese whisky rocks. Unique, harmonious, and innovative, the Japanese whisky industry is growing at a rapid speed. Some expressions by the largest producers are available all around the world, and smaller producers are working hard with their eye towards the horizon […]