The Nagahama Distillery
Nagahama may be Japan’s smallest distillery, at about 8 tsubo (26 square meters), but it is playing its part well, as part of a new generation of distilleries popping up throughout Japan.
Since Nagahama’s inception last year in 2016, the distillery team have started with some very interesting new make spirit expressions. The most recent release by Nagahama was the lightly peated single malt.
Mini-casks were also created and sold alongside the first new make bottlings, allowing fans to age the whisky by themselves in just a few weeks. These were made of American Oak and charred, just like normal casks.
New make spirit releases are usually rather intense and overwhelming, yet, the unique shape of the small pot still at Nagahama is meant to give the spirit a richer flavour and more depth.
Right now, the new make releases and mini cask accompaniment are all Nagahama has to offer, and so they put a lot of energy into their distillation methods, attempting to create the most balanced new make whiskies they can.
They attend many whisky events throughout Japan, and so far their whiskies have been greatly welcomed, as their fan base begins to grow and awaits some of the young releases to come.