- Robb Report •
For whisky lovers, there are few things quite as exciting as the hunt for rare bottles from shuttered (but beloved) distilleries. But dekantā, an online retailer founded in 2015, is making it easy for collectors to buy a vast selection from one of Japan’s finest defunct whisky makers: Karuizawa Distillery.
- The Scotsman •
Makiyo Masa, founder and director of dekanta, one of the most prominent specialist retailers of Japanese whisky online, stated that the report didn’t really feel like news to them, since it’s an issue which has challenged their business for quite some time. Ms Masa added that recent news indicating that progress has been made, so they are feeling quite positive for 2020, she said: “We aim to arm our customers against being misled by this type of marketing. “We believe we have a duty to our clients to be as transparent as possible. As such we make sure that we gather an appropriate amount of information, wherever possible, from distillers and blenders before putting their product online. If their expression does contain a large portion of whisky from overseas it will be labelled as a world blend and will say so in the product description.
- Bloomberg •
Yamazaki - Owned by Suntory, this is the oldest whisky brand in Japan, with versions that can be had for much less than those from hot names Karuizawa or the Ichiro’s Malt Playing Card series. (For a good selection, try www.dekanta.com)
- Robb Report •
To this day, the Yoichi Single Malt is a characterful reflection of its coastal birthplace, carrying the imbiber to a land of rugged shorelines and rocky peaks. “The whiskies produced at Yoichi bring unique regional characteristics not often found in Japanese varieties,” says Liam Hiller of Dekanta, the online store specialising in Japanese whisky. “Gentle Sea salt, rich citrus fruits, a good whack of peat smoke and soft herbal, grassy notes are the stars of the show, bringing the very essence of the wet, often blustery island of Hokkaido to your glass.”
- Nikkei Asian Review •
"The big two players are Suntory and Nikka, who produce consistently great products," said Makiyo Masa, founder of online Japanese whisky retailer Dekanta. "But there are also smaller brands that taste great and are affordable."