Japan Unveils New Labeling Standards for Japanese Whisky

What’s been hotter than Japanese whisky these past years? But unfortunately, with the category’s rapid rise, regulations protecting the authenticity of the industry have not necessarily kept pace. The Japan Spirits & Liqueurs Makers Association today announced new steps to combat these kinds of misleading labels. Addressing the need, the organization recently posted on its website (translated into English): “It is unfortunate . . . that in recent years there have been cases where brands that…

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Hanyu Ichiro’s Full Card Series breaks auction record

Bonhams Hong Kong set a new world auction record for a Japanese whisky collection after Hanyu Ichiro’s Full Card Series sold for HK$11.9 million (US$1.5m) last week. The whisky range was part of the Bonhams Fine and Rare Wine and Whisky Sale, which took place in Hong Kong on 20-21 November. The set of 54 bottles sold for HK$11,890,360 (US$1,520,000), surpassing the previous record of HK$7.19m (US$917,000) set in August 2019 during a Bonhams Hong…

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Dekantā to sell Karuizawa Budō Collection sets

Online retailer Dekantā will sell 43 sets of a 35-year-old Karuizawa whisky in three martial arts-inspired designs tomorrow, priced at US$45,000. The three-bottle Karuizawa 35 Year Old ‘The Budō Collection’ (1981-2017) #7147 Japanese single cask whisky will go on sale tomorrow (19 November) at 3pm GMT. The whisky was distilled in 1981 at the Karuizawa distillery and matured for 35 years in an ex-Sherry cask, before being bottled at 51% ABV in 2017. Dekantā said…

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Yamazaki 55 Years Old sells for HK$6.2m at auction

Bonhams Hong Kong has set a new record for the most expensive Japanese whisky sold at auction after a bottle of Yamazaki 55 Years Old sold for HK$6.2 million (US$795,000). The expression is the oldest Japanese whisky to date and smashed its pre-sale estimate of HK$580,000-HK$780,000 (US$74,834-US$100,640). Suntory launched the single malt whisky in June this year through a customer lottery system. The whisky was only available to customers in Japan. Yamazaki 55 Years Old …

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Nikka unveils apple brandy cask-finished single malts

Japanese whisky Nikka has released two limited edition single malts finished in apple brandy casks to commemorate the marriage of its founders 100 years ago. Nikka has released Yoichi Apple Brandy Finish and Miyagikyo Apple Brandy Finish, which have both spent six months in apple brandy casks. The brandy casks provide the whiskies with “rich and deep fruity characteristics”. On the nose, Miyagikyo has notes of apple, vanilla, honey, sage and verbena, while the palate…

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