Find out about the Kawasaki Distillery
Kawasaki was set up in 1935 in Kawasaki prefecture on the outskirts of Tokyo. One of the smallest distilleries in Japan, it is not as well-known as its sister distillery Karuizawa. Kawasaki did, however, have a reputation for making excellent grain whisky.
By the late 1990s, the company’s fortunes began to shift and in 2006 Mercian became part of Kirin Holdings, which was not interested in whisky making. As a consequence, both the Kawasaki and the Karuizawa distilleries were closed down and the remaining stock locked up in a basement. This might have been the end of the story if it were not for Ichiro Akuto, the founder of Venture Whisky and the owner of the Chichibu distillery. Ichiro bought up much of what was remaining of the Karuizawa and Kawasaki stocks and marketed it under the label Ichiro’s Choice. The labels are colourful and the alcohol strength can exceed 60 percent. We at dekantā usually have a few bottles in stock of this now rare grain whisky.