YOIYO 5th release! Lotte x Shizuoka Distillery

Lotte has released the fifth product of “YOIYO,” a Japanese craft sake chocolate sold by Lotte. After Mars and Atsugishi, the next one is Gaiaflow Shizuoka Distillery. The single cask whiskey distilled in the “W” wood-fired distiller is matured for three and a half years, and is then encapsulated in chocolate.

The fifth YOIYO campaign is a chance to win a bottle of YOIYO <Shizuoka Distillery> Single Cask Whisky No. 782 (200ml), the whisky used in the fifth YOIYO product! Please refer to this article for detailed information on how to enter the contest.

How about a Mother’s Day gift for your mother who loves to drink and enjoys sweets?

1.What is “YOIYO”?

There is a Japan you do not yet know.
It is a taste born of pure water, local ingredients, and traditional techniques.
We have packed carefully crafted sake into a single grain.
Enjoy it at dusk or after dinner as if you were going on a trip.
This is a chocolate for adults.
Have a good night, feeling a little tipsy.

(Quoted from Lotte’s official website)

YOIYO” is a “Japanese craft sake chocolate” or so-called “whiskey bonbon” sold by Lotte Co. The wonderfulness, persistence, and passion of Japanese whiskey are packed into a single piece of chocolate.

The package design of each product is fashionable, printed with the regional scenery of each distillery and its distillation equipment.

Since the first stage “YOIYO Komagatake”, it has become a hot topic among whisky fans. This time we will introduce the fifth stage “YOIYO <Shizuoka Distillery> 782”.

2.YOIYO <Shizuoka Distillery>

Image Exhibit: Lotte Official HP
Product name

YOIYO <Shizuoka Distillery> 782

Release date April 12, 2022
Retail price

Set of 10 (in gift box): 6,300 yen (6,804 yen including tax)

Set of 4 (in box): 2,820 yen (3,045 yen including tax) including shipping

How to purchase Lotte Online Shop

Allergy Information

(28 items)

Milk, Soy
Purchase site

Set of 10

Set of 4

3.YOIYO <Shizuoka Distillery> Single Cask Whiskey No.782 Present Campaign Entry Method

YOIYO <Shizuoka Distillery> Single Cask Whisky No.782 will be given away to a total of 12 people by lottery!

The drawing will be held in two parts.
The application period is from April 1, 2022 to June 30, 2022.

The first deadline: Tuesday, April 12, 2022 (00:00) – Sunday, May 8, 2022 (23:59:59) (prize shipping time: May 8, 2022)

(Prizes will be shipped in late May 2022)

Second Deadline] Monday, May 9, 2022 00:00 – Thursday, June 30, 2022 23:59:59

(Prizes will be shipped in late July 2022)

Six winners will be selected for each application period, for a total of 12 winners.
The following three conditions must be met in order to enter the contest.

(1) Purchase the following products at the Lotte Online Shop.

Purchases made outside of the Lotte Online Shop are not eligible!

1.YOIYO <Shizuoka Distillery> 10-piece set

2.YOIYO <Shizuoka Distillery> 4-piece set

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(2) Lotte membership registration

(3) Mail magazine registration

You can apply for 2 units for a set of 10 or 1 unit for a set of 4. One person may enter as many times as they like.

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application form.

For more information, please visit the official website here.

4.Review of the subject products

4-1. YOIYO <Shizuoka Distillery

Woody, robust and full-bodied
A woody, robust, full-bodied flavor. The mellow aftertaste lingers in the mouth.

Quoted from Lotte’s official website

The powerful, fruity whiskey characteristic of the wood-fired distiller “W” flows out as soon as the chocolate is broken. The slight smokiness that escapes your nose, the sweetness derived from bourbon barrels, and the sweetness of the milk chocolate are a perfect match.

It is not only sweet, but also a gem with a slightly mature taste.

We hope you enjoy the changing flavors at two different temperatures: room temperature and refrigerated.

5.Shizuoka Distillery Whiskey

For more information and to purchase Gaiaflow Shizuoka Distillery Whiskey, please visit ↓here↓

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Lastly: Recommended Books on Japanese Whisky

If you want to learn more about Japanese whisky, which is a global trend, we highly recommend these books.

(1).Whisky Galore Vol.29 December 2021 issue

In the December 2021 issue of Whisky Galore, published by the Whisky Culture Research Institute, we report on 11 Japanese craft distilleries, including some that are open to the public for the first time, under the title of “Japanese Whisky Craft Frontline,” the first of three consecutive issues. Why did the popularity of Japanese whiskey and the craft boom occur? We will examine with interviews. Chichibu Distillery / Chichibu No.2 Distillery / Mars Shinshu Distillery / Mars Tsunuki Distillery / Kanosuke Distillery / Hioki Distillery / Ontake Distillery / Osuzuyama Distillery / Kaikyo Distillery / Hanyu Distillery / Konosu Distillery

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(2). Japanese Whisky as an Education for Business

This is a book written by Mamoru Tsuchiya, a world-famous whisky critic and representative of the Whisky Culture Research Institute, titled “Japanese Whisky as a Culture that Works for Business” .
The book covers the basics of whisky, the introduction of whisky to Japan, the birth of Japanese whisky, advertising strategies and the rise of Japanese whisky, and the current rise of craft distilleries. This is a book that summarizes Japanese whisky in a very easy to understand way.

(3). Whisky and I (Masataka Taketsuru)

Masataka Taketsuru, the founder of Nikka Whisky, devoted his life to brewing whisky in Japan. This is a revised and reprinted version of the autobiography of a man who simply loved whiskey and talked about himself. The book vividly depicts the days when he went to Scotland alone to study as a young man and overcame many hardships to complete Japanese whisky, as well as his companion, Rita.

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(4). A Letter of Challenge from a New Generation Distillery

Launching in 2019. With the world experiencing an unprecedented whisky boom, what were the managers of craft distilleries thinking and what were their thoughts as they took on the challenge of making whiskey? This book tells the stories of 13 craft distillery owners, including Ichiro Hido of Venture Whisky, famous for his Ichirose Malt, who inspired the birth of craft distilleries in Japan.

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(5). Whiskey Rising

This is the Japanese version of Whisky Risng, published in the US in 2016, with much updated content. Not only does it describe the history of Japanese whiskey in detail, but it also includes data on all the distilleries in Japan, including the craft distilleries that have been founded in recent years. The book also includes descriptions of the legendary bottles that have been released, as well as information on bars where Japanese whisky can be found.

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