In a dynamic market driven by the recent opening of many distilleries in Japan, a mysterious new Japanese whisky has just appeared. It has been bottled for the Hakutsuru Sake House by a distillery in Hokkaido whose name is kept secret. We have investigated in order to try to clarify the origins of this single malt Tan Cho.
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At the beginning of March, we propose you to focus on the Mars Whisky brand and its two distilleries Shinshu and Tsunuki owned by the Hombo Shuzo group, manufacturer of traditional Japanese wines and spirits. Let's go to Nagano prefecture in the heart of the Japanese Alps to (re)discover the Shinshu distillery !
Founded in 2017 by Chugoku Jozo, Sakurao Distillery has just announced the launch of its first two single malts distilled, aged and bottled in Japan: the Sakurao and Togouchi First Release Cask Strength single malts.
Big surprise in the Japanese whisky world, Chichibu and Mars Whisky have exchanged casks and unveil today their blended malts Ichiro's Malt Double Distilleries 2021 Chichibu X Komagatake, and Mars Whisky Malt Duo Komagatake X Chichibu 2021 !
Nagahama Inazuma & Saburomaru Far East of Peat, the first collaboration between Japanese distilleries !
The first ever barrel exchange between Japanese distilleries has taken place ! The Saburomaru and Nagahama distilleries have joined forces to create Inazuma and Far East of Peat, the first collaborative whiskies between Japanese craft distilleries.
In Japan, a bell foundry in the Takaoka region has diversified into creating a still for distilling whiskey and other spirits, designed using the traditional mold-casting method inherited from centuries of know-how.
Suntory has just announced on the sly the release of a peaty version of its single malt Hakushu, but beware there won't be enough for everyone ; you'll have to live in Japan and incidentally speak Japanese, but above all be lucky, very lucky...
This is a great step forward in the world of Japanese whisky, the Association of Spirits & Liquors Producers of Japan (Japan Spirits & Liquors Makers Association) has just officially announced the creation of a set of specifications aimed at clarifying the standards for the use of the "Japanese Whisky" label.