SAITAMA — A whiskey brand once destined to be discarded due to the financial hardships faced by a local distillery in Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture, has recently been gaining popularity overseas because of its quality and distinctive taste.

Ichiro’s Malt, a series of products named after Ichiro Akuto, the 44-year-old president of Venture Whisky, has earned top ratings from Whisky Magazine, a prestigious British publication, and has also grabbed top prize for Japanese whiskey at the World Whisky Award hosted by the magazine for three straight years from 2007.

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