Category Archives: Hakushu

World Whiskies Awards 2019

Japanese Whisky Shines Again At World Whiskies Awards 2019

The World Whiskies Awards is a prestigious competition held annually in which the best expressions from around the world juke it out to be crowned champion in their respective categories. Everything from blended whiskies to limited edition single malts and world blends get their chance to shine as expert panelists blind taste and score each […]

Christmas Countdown Day 5 – Essence of Suntory

It’s not long now until Santa will be squeezing his way down your chimney and leaving a fantastic bottle of Japanese whisky under your tree (we hope). For Day 5 of our Christmas Countdown, we’re looking at a brand new range of expressions from Japanese whisky giant, Suntory. Released earlier this year, the “Essence of […]

Yamazaki Whisky – The Bottle Ranges We Miss

This month brings with it both good and bad news for Japanese whisky fans. On a positive note, Suntory’s new Hibiki Blender’s Choice launches this month, available domestically. September is also the month when we have to say goodbye to the Hibiki 17 and the Hakushu 12, as Suntory plans to discontinue the expressions first […]

Yamazaki 50-Year-Old Breaks Yet Another World Record

On Friday at an auction held by Bonhams in Hong Kong the first edition Yamazaki 50-Year-Old broke yet another world record, selling for $343,000. This tops the previous sale of the Yamazaki 50 in January, when it sold for almost $300,000. The recent sale follows a growing trend in the world whisky community, as rare […]

Japanese Spirits To Enjoy In Summer 2018

We’re halfway through summer, and it’s been a great one so far. The United Kingdom is enjoying one of the hottest summers in history, the West Coast is warm and comfortable, and in Japan, the humidity and heat makes one long for a refreshing, frosty beverage. No matter where you are in the world, summer […]

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 […]

Japanese Whisky At The International Spirits Challenge 2018

Japanese Whisky At The International Spirits Challenge 2018

The whisky results of the International Spirits Challenge 2018 were published today, on May 11th. There are some wonderful Gold winners in the Japanese whisky categories this year which are, as usual, dominated by the giants of Japanese whisky, Suntory and Nikka. In last year’s competition, Suntory was named “World Whisky Producer of the Year” […]

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 […]

Japanese Whisky Rocks the World Whiskies Awards, Again

Japanese Whisky Rocks the World Whiskies Awards, Again

The doors opened to a large, well-lit hall and the whisky industry heavyweights poured in. Wine was offered at the entrance but seeing the selection of whiskies available, I moved towards that instead. It was a wonderful sight to see so many legends of the industry gathered in one place. Jota Tanaka from Fuji-Gotemba, Ichiro […]