Tag - whisky



The Japan Spirits and Liqueurs Makers Association has brought in a new definition for Japanese whiskies, officially in use from Monday in an industry push to deter foreign-made imposters.
Apr 1, 2024
New Japanese whisky rules aim to deter imposters
Japan has over 100 distilleries, whose whisky has commanded global respect since the early 2000s.
A bottle of Suntory Holdings' Yamazaki 25 Year Old whisky at the company's distillery in Shimamoto, Osaka Prefecture, in October
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 22, 2023
Suntory to more than double the price of some alcoholic beverages
The company said that the price increases are designed to help improve the quality of its products and enhance production facilities.
A young news editor (voiced by Kensho Ono) is assigned to cover a distillery helmed by a rising star of the Japanese whisky scene (Saori Hayami) in “Komada: A Whisky Family.”
Nov 16, 2023
‘Komada: A Whisky Family’ has the complexity of a bottom-shelf bottle
Anime studio P.A. Works’ film centered on whisky production takes the fun out of delving into what unfolds behind the scenes in a workplace.
Nobuhiro Torii, president of Suntory Spirits, speaks during an interview in Tokyo on Oct. 27.
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 6, 2023
Suntory to boost output as Japanese whisky sees global boom
Suntory Spirits has begun two-year renovations at its Yamazaki distillery in Osaka Prefecture and its Hakushu distillery in Yamanashi Prefecture.
In addition to its regular whiskies, Suntory is released a limited-edition 100th Anniversary Hibiki blend retailing at $5,000 per bottle.
LIFE / Food & Drink
Nov 5, 2023
A century of Suntory's whisky mastery costs $5,000 per bottle
Suntory's 100th anniversary blends are already selling for double their original retail prices online.
Bottles of whisky sit on display behind the bar at the Door XXV private club in the Golden Equator Group office in Singapore.
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 13, 2023
Asia takes over the world’s whisky market
Yearslong efforts by Pernod, Diageo and other major whiskey producers to get Asian drinkers to spend more on their premium spirits are finally paying off.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / FOCUS
Jul 18, 2023
Suntory's Yamazaki Distillery turns 100 as whisky demand enjoys renewed boom
Japan's acclaimed aged whiskies are commanding increasingly eye-watering prices thanks to growing demand and long-standing shortages.
Japan Times
Jul 16, 2023
The world’s fastest-growing whisky market is South Korea
South Koreans consumed 14.2 million liters of whisky in 2022, a small amount compared with other nations, but up 46% from 2021.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
May 7, 2023
Bar none: Tokyo's liquor shops are where locals start their weekends
Kaku’uchi — liquor stores doubling as bars — are trending again in Tokyo. Mara Budgen provides a guide to some of the capital’s best joints, for all tastes.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Apr 14, 2023
Noma Kyoto’s eclectic beverage lineup leaves no stone unturned
As with the food menu, the beverage program at Noma Kyoto is the fruit of long, deep and, by all accounts, highly enjoyable consideration by Noma’s head sommelier, Ava Mees List.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 30, 2022
Kirin to export premium Fuji whisky to Singapore amid weaker yen
Singapore was chosen as the fifth country for the brand to enter, counting on a large population of well-to-do customers eager to snap up high-end products.
Japan Times
Jan 29, 2022
Whisky to join gin on the menu at Niseko Distillery
Distillery's Ohoro Gin takes inspiration from its northern surroundings, the name even coming from the Ainu language.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 11, 2021
Inagora begins Saburomaru Japanese whisky sales on China's Tmall
According to a report released by Japan's National Tax Agency, whisky exports in 2020 grew 39.4% from the previous year, with those to China topping the country-by-country list.
Japan Times
Aug 10, 2021
Beverage-makers target high-end spirits for post-pandemic growth
Drink companies are seeking M&A opportunities because sales of higher-priced drinks are expected to grow more than moderately priced beverages in the next five years.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Feb 24, 2021
Japanese distillery drinking up plaudits as its craft whisky proves a hit
Riding the craft whisky boom at home and abroad, a small distillery north of Tokyo is boosting production to meet a growing demand for its world-renowned and award-winning Ichiro's Malt product.
Japan Times
Feb 19, 2021
Japan's new whisky rules prioritize provenance in a culture that prizes blend
Until this week, Japanese whisky could be sourced from anywhere on the planet as long as it was bottled inside the country.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
May 30, 2020
Japanese whisky is breaking records at global auction houses
When a bottle of Karuizawa 52-year-old Zodiac Rat sold for a record price at auction in March 2020, the sale proved Japan's whisky is serious business.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 18, 2020
Kirin to release two new whisky brands
Kirin Brewery Co. on Tuesday announced the release of two new domestic whisky brands.
Japan Times
Jan 31, 2020
Feeling lucky? Only lottery winners will get to enjoy Suntory's limited edition 55-year-old single malt whisky
The newest bottle in the vaunted lineup of premium Japanese whiskies is more than 55 years old.
Japan Times
Oct 6, 2019
'The Complete Guide to Japanese Drinks': A compendium of Japan's alcohol traditions
Stephen Lyman and Chris Bunting's 'The Complete Guide to Japanese Drinks' is a beautiful, carefully put together coffee-table book full of insights, anecdotes and thirst-inducing pictures of Japan's various alcohols.


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