Category Archives: Whisky History

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 […]

Kikou 2018 – A Japanese Whisky Encased In Scottish Legend

What happens when you take the booming category of Japanese whisky and fuse it with the traditions of Scotch? You get an expression as unique as they come. We celebrated our 3rd anniversary during the first 10 days of June, holding social media competitions, flash sales, and delivering abundant content. But everything was leading up […]

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 […]

Inside Suntory’s Cask Management

What makes a whisky great? Is it the barley used during production, the pot stills used to distil it, or the quality of the water taken from the earth? Put simply, all of the above contribute greatly to the dram in your glass, however, many experts suggest that the casks used and period of maturation […]

A Dram From Japan – Whisky Shop W. Yamazaki WSO-007

Before anyone gets too excited, this isn’t a James Bond release under the 007 code name, even though we strongly believe that all the great Bonds, from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig, would enjoy a dram of this exceptional whisky. With that explanation out of the way, we’re pleased to present a brand new series […]

7 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Suntory Whisky

If you’re a fan of whisky in general, then odds are you’ve heard of Suntory. Actually, even if you aren’t a fan of whisky you’ve probably heard the name in passing somewhere. The company is, after all, the third largest drinks company in the world. They manage many brands, including Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, and […]

A Tour of Wonders at The Hakushu Distillery

Ready for some exciting news on Hakushu, our dedicated distillery of the month? The founder of Suntory, Shinjiro Torii is a legend. He brought Japanese whisky to life with the creation of the Yamazaki distillery in 1923, and worked tirelessly for decades to create unique Japanese whiskies which would be loved by his fellow countrymen. […]

The Wonders of Japanese Mizunara Oak

As many of you may know, the period of World War 2 was an extremely difficult time for numerous countries, including Japan. One major issue during that time was that Japan had no access to imports. Therefore, Japanese whisky producers were finding it increasingly difficult to secure barrels for maturation during that period. While whisky […]

The Top 3 Japanese Whisky-Loving Dads

Father’s day is almost here, kicking off on Sunday the 18th of June. There are many great gifts to get your dad this year, the obvious and best choice being a bottle of great Japanese whisky. While the whisky world is changing, and becoming more popular across a wider age range in the population, the […]

Interview With The Author of Whisky Rising – The Definitive Guide to the Finest Whiskies and Distillers of Japan

Just over a month ago, to mark the coming of spring, one of the most well-researched, in-depth books on Japanese whisky to date was published. On the 4th of April 2017, “Whisky Rising – The Definitive Guide to the Finest Whiskies and Distillers of Japan” hit online bookstores worldwide, easily purchasable from Amazon and other […]