Category Archives: Japanese Whisky

100 Years Of The Japanese Whisky Industry

Celebrating 100 Years Of The Japanese Whisky Industry

It’s 2019 and that means it’s a particularly special year for the Japanese whisky industry. 100 years ago, in 1919, the first whisky distilling license was granted to a Japanese distillery, the coastal distillery of Eigashima to be precise, signalling the start of the industry that we know and love today. Since then, we have […]

Japanese Whiskies Fetch Impressive Fees At Bonhams HK

Last week’s auction at Bonhams Hong Kong saw a number of old and rare bottles, including some outstanding Japanese expressions, pull in huge sales, with the total value of sales exceeding 32 million Hong Kong dollars (over 4 million USD). Japanese whisky has experienced huge growth in recent years, solidifying its place as a modern-day […]

The Most Elusive Japanese Whisky

The Most Elusive Japanese Whisky

Few could have foreseen the astronomical rise in demand for Japanese whisky that has occurred in the last five years. Though its popularity has risen gradually since the early 2000s, it was not until recently that the world began to really appreciate the craftsmanship and creativity that goes into making, and ageing, the spirit. Nowadays, […]

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Where To Drink Japanese Whisky When You’re Not In Japan

It’s fairly obvious that the best place to drink Japanese whisky is in Japan, whether you’re at The Door in Kyoto, or Zoetrope in the Nishi-Shinjuku area of Tokyo, or the tasting room at the Yamazaki distillery, to name just three.  But what about Japanese whisky aficionados who don’t happen to live there, and can’t […]

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 […]

Hokkaido

Hokkaido: A Hub for Japanese Spirit Production

Hokkaido is Japan’s second largest island, situated in the country’s northernmost prefecture. The island is home to the famous city of Sapporo, where the huge Snow Festival is held annually, as well as Niseko (the country’s most popular ski resort), the famous Noboribetsu hot springs, and rolling fields of lavender and beautiful summer flowers. It’s […]

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Essence of Suntory 2019 Brings Spanish Influence To Yamazaki Whisky

Launched in February 2018, the Essence of Suntory experimental series set out to explore the expert craftsmanship behind Suntory whisky, providing insight into what is possible in their distilleries through unique finishes that stray from the norm. The 2018 releases were huge successes, lapped up by Japanese whisky fans around the world, and this year’s […]