Category Archives: Featured Distilleries

The All-Hokkaido Japanese Whisky

The All-Hokkaido Japanese Whisky

We’ve been hearing about the Akkeshi distillery quite a lot recently. Exciting times are afoot up in Hokkaido, especially since the distillery released their very first New Born bottling at the end of February.   Having tasted it, one thing is for certain – We can expect some great things from Akkeshi in the future. […]

The First Akkeshi Whisky Arrives

On Friday, February 9th, up at the Akkeshi distillery in Hokkaido, a ceremony was held celebrating the company’s first whisky bottling. In the parking lot, the distillery team was joined by the heads of the company backing the venture, as a Japanese priest moved forward with the ceremony. After cutting the inauguration ribbon, the first […]

Japanese Whisky Festivals You Can’t Miss In 2018

In our recent piece on what’s happening in Japanese whisky in 2018, we briefly mentioned some of the whisky events in Japan fans may want to attend as the year progresses. After attending many of these gatherings in 2017, I can safely say that this year is going to be even more exciting, and busy. […]

What's Set To Happen Japanese Whisky

The Year Ahead – What’s Set To Happen in Japanese Whisky in 2018

Our recent piece on Japanese whisky in 2017 aimed to help you look back on the incredible year, reminisce on drams tasted and events attended, and learn a little bit more about the wonderful world of Japanese whisky. As 2018 comes to a close, it’s time to let the past go and focus on the […]

Akkeshi – Japan’s “Islay” Distillery

During the Tokyo Whisky Festival last month, one seminar caught my attention over the others. Into the main hall at 11.15, I rushed up to the seminar room for the 1 hour talk on Japan’s newest Hokkaido producer, the Akkeshi distillery. Held by the charismatic yet extremely humble distillery leader, Katsuyuki Tatsuzaki, attendees were given […]

The 10 Best-Selling Japanese Whiskies of 2017

Update: Best Selling Japanese whiskies for 2019: Click here Best Selling Japanese whiskies for 2018: Click here Best Japanese Whisky Collections: Click here There is no such thing as the “best” Japanese whisky. Despite the main whisky competitions, individuals, and books which attempt, annually, to name the year’s best single malt, the world’s best blend, […]

The Holidays Kick-Off – Japanese Whisky Hampers, Competitions, & More

The holidays are closing in fast and, with Japanese whisky at the forefront, our team here at dekantā wanted to create something extra special for all our wonderful customers. After some good old-fashioned brainstorming, we realized that our customers love Japanese whisky but probably also enjoy the culture and traditions of the country. Also, its […]

Yoichi Distillery Exclusive Bottlings

Have you made it up to Hokkaido recently? The northernmost part of Japan, far from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo and Osaka, brings an experience like no other. Hokkaido is the second largest, and coldest, island of Japan, known for its natural hot springs, popular skiing areas, and the world-famous annual Sapporo snow festival. […]

Shizuoka Distillery Announces First Whisky Release In Japan

Have you heard of the Shizuoka distillery? It was founded in 2016 by Gaia Flow, importer of global brands like Blackladder, Swedish Mackmyra, and Asta Morris. Taiko Nakamura, president of the company, founded the new distillery in the Tamagawa district of Shizuoka City. In preparation for their distillery project, in 2015, Gaia Flow bought the distilling […]

Suntory & Nikka Rock The International Spirits Challenge 2017

We realize that Japanese whisky winning multiple awards in international spirit competitions is quite the norm nowadays, but, nonetheless, we simply love broadcasting the latest award for Japanese whisky to the world, in the hopes of reaching someone who doesn’t yet know how great the drams from Japan really are. Enter the International Spirits Challenge […]