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Welcome to Japanese Whisky Distilleries

Welcome to the page on Planet Whiskies referring to Japanese Whisky Distillery. There are six distilleries at present mentioned on this page and they are Yamazaki Distillers, Yoichi Distillery (Nikka), Hakushu Distillery, Miyagikyou Distillery, Karuizawa Distillery and Hanyu distillery. With the whisky world now taken major notice of Japanese whiskies these distilleries will keep on becoming stronger over time.

Japanese whiskies have won a few awards within the whisky industry over the last few years. It is become a real challenge to the dominance of Scottish whiskies which have been the force of the industry over the last century or so. The rise in Japanese whiskies has been extreme good for the whisky market as it keep everyone on their toes with regards to Japanese whisky and the world is always looking at them to see what is there next move with the industry. The one thing for sure is the Japanese whisky market share is going to grow over the next few years and that must be welcomed as Japan is producing top quality whisky.

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More Japanese whisky distillery will be on this page in the near future, but if you would like your local distillery mentioned straight away please email Planet Whiskies and I will insert the distillery onto this page. Some of the distilleries on this page have external web links to the distillery own site. This will give you the opportunity to research more information and improve you knowledge regarding the distillery in question.

Also remember to view the links just below this paragraph to read about all the distilleries in the world. There is an amazing list of distilleries and by looking through these page you start to realise how massive the whisky industry is to the world markets.

You can buy most of the whiskies mentioned on this page on-line at The Whisky Exchange. The company have worldwide delivery.

Japanese Whisky Distilleries

Yamazaki Distillers

Yamazaki Distillers opened in 1923 in Shimamoto, Osaka and was the first whisky distillery in Japan. It is owned by the massiver drinks company Suntory Limited. To read more about this distillery (in Japanese) Click here

Yoichi Distillery (Nikka)

Yoichi Distillery opened in 1934 and is located in Yoichi on the northern island of Hokkaido. The first bottles where produced in 1936. The whisky names it produces are, Yoicht 20 Year Old, Single Cask Yoichi 10 Year Old, Yoichi 12 Year Old, Yoichi 15 Year Old, Yoichi 1985, Yoichi 1991, Yoichi Single Cask, Yoichi Single Cask, Yoichi Single Cask, 1990. More details can be found using this link www.nikka.com/eng/distilleries/index.htm

Hakushu Distillery

Hakushu (Suntory) Distillers is located in Yamazaki, Kyoto and was built in 1973 and is located in the pine forests close to Japanese Alps. The distillery produces the Pure Malt Whisky call Suntory Hakushu 12 Year Old and the Suntory Hakushu 1993 Single Malt Whisky (Peaded Malt) to name just two. To read more about this distillery and the Suntory company as a whole Click here

Miyagikyou Distillery

Miyagikyou Distillers is located at Aoba, Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan which is in Northern part of Honshu on Japanese main island and opened in 1969. Three brands of the whisky produced are Miyagikyou 10 Year Old, Miyagikyou 12 Year Old and Miyagikyou 15 Year Old.

Karuizawa Distillery

Karuizawa Distillery was a vineyard below it owners moved into the whisky market in 1955. People say the whisky the distillery produces is very similar to certain types produced in Scotland, but say that Karuizawa produces unique whiskies. More information can be found on www.onedrinks.co.uk/karu.php.

Hanyu distillery

Hanyu distillery is located in Hanyu city, north-west of Tokyo and has been producing whisky since 1980 in a blended format as this was the demand at the time to be consumer and with the length of time need to produce Single Malts, blended whisky as a more commercial option.. In 1990 Chichibu was introduced onto the market place. More details regarding Hanyu distillery can be found at www.onedrinks.co.uk/hanyu.php

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