Category Archives: Featured Distilleries

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 […]

Japanese Pair – Nikka Coffey Malt & Xiao Long Bao Dumplings

After a long break (I was on a strict whisky-only diet) we’re back with the latest instalment of our Japanese Pair series, a range dedicated to pairing the very best Japanese whiskies with delicious dishes. So far we’ve paired the Yamazaki 18 with some gorgeous Wagyu beef, the Hibiki 21 with nigiri sushi, and the […]

New Sakurao Japanese Gin Captures The Spirit Of Japan’s “Shrine Island”

We’re excited to announce that Hiroshima’s Sakurao distillery will be releasing a new, limited gin on September 3rd, adding yet another expression to its award-winning portfolio of craft Japanese gin bottlings. We’ll, of course, have the bottle on dekanta, so pre-order yours here. Since its inception, the Sakurao distillery has focused heavily on Hiroshima, with […]

Marugin – The Birthplace of The Japanese Whisky Highball

Located on a small street near Ginza station in Tokyo, bar Marugin is usually packed. Smoke and steam rise up from the central kitchen and bar, as the chefs grill up an assortment of skewers and small Japanese dishes. Servers hold large Suntory tumblers under the highball dispensing machines, as the floor staff move around […]

Japanese Gin “Sakurao Original” Tops Category At Los Angeles International Spirits Competition

Last year will be known as the year of Japanese gin when the category really boomed and Japan’s largest whisky makers, Suntory and Nikka, entered the scene with their very own craft gin expressions featuring local botanical-heavy recipes. The category hasn’t stopped moving forward since, as small producers all around Japan continue to release new […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]