[Released May 31, 2022] INAZUMA Edition No.3 (Nagahama Distillery)

On the official website of Nagahama Distillery of Nagahama Romantic Beer Co., Ltd. the information about the third collaboration whisky, “INAZUMA Edition No. 3” two types of whiskey blended from three distilleries in Japan, Eigashima Distillery, Saburomaru Distillery and Nagahama Distillery, are released for limited sale. The release date is

The release date is May 31, 2022. May 31, 2022.

1. How to purchase (Lottery application)

(1) INAZUMA Blended Malt Japanese Whisky Synergy Blend Edition No. 3

(2) INAZUMA World Blended Whisky Extra Selected Edition No. 3

 

Set of 2 bottles (1) and (2): Available at the official online store from 12:00 p.m. on April 29 to May 9. Lottery application will be started. Not on a first-come, first-served basis.

(2) Only: Advance reservations will be available from April 29, 12:00 pm. This will probably be on a first-come, first-served basis, so please be quick.

 

Lottery application period: 4/29 (Fri) 12:00 – 5/9 (Mon) 23:59
Announcement of winners :5/17(Tue) ※Winners will be notified directly by e-mail.
Purchase period: 5/18 (Wed) 12:00 – 5/24 (Tue) 23:59

Official online store, lottery application page is here.

2. INAZUMA Blended Malt Japanese Whisky Synergy Blend Edition No.3

<Tasting Notes>

From the Eigashima distillery, we selected a mildly peated, lightly bourbon cask-aged malt whisky, from the Saburomaru distillery, a distinctive peaty malt whisky, and from the Nagahama distillery, a bourbon and sherry cask-aged malt whisky, to bring them together. The top note is a malt aroma with a firm structure. The top notes have a solid malt structure, with aromas of vanilla, custard cream, orange and spice, and a melancholy note, like vintage leather goods. In addition, leafy accents of black tea and hay, and subtle smoky flavors. The palate is very smooth, with rich malt umami and stewed berry jam sweetness. Lingering spices of salted caramel, cinnamon and cloves. The finish is mildly salty with a hint of peat.

Reference: [Lottery sale] INAZUMA Edition No.3 2-bottle set|Nagahama Romantic Beer Online Shop

Product nameINAZUMA Blended Malt Japanese Whisky Synergy Blend Edition No.3
Sake distillationBlended malt Japanese whisky
IngredientsMalt
Cask Type
Number of bottlesLimited to 600 bottles
Degrees of alcohol content47% 
PriceSuggested retail price: 16,500 yen (tax included)
Manufacturing siteNagahama Distillery
ProducerNagahama Roman Beer Co.

3. INAZUMA World Blended Whisky Extra Selected Edition No.3

<Tasting Notes>

The key malt is an overseas malt owned by Nagahama Distillery, blended with malt from three distilleries in Japan used in a synergistic blend with different recipe compositions. The long-aged grain whiskey nicely connects the unique malt whiskeys. The top notes are fresh green apple, western pear, and fresh green. Soft nuances of freshly baked milk bread and fresh citrus aromas. Then there is a tidal air reminiscent of the seaside. The palate is silky smooth, with a gentle maltiness and a sweetness reminiscent of rum raisins and sponge cake. The lingering finish is very elegant, with a hint of spiciness and a soft peaty note that lingers forever.

Reference: [Lottery sales] INAZUMA Edition No. 3 2-bottle set|Nagahama Romantic Beer Online Shop

Product nameINAZUMA World Blended Whisky Extra Selected Edition No.3
Sake typeBlended Whisky
IngredientsMalt, Grain
Casks
Number of bottlesLimited to 6,000 bottles
Frequency47% 
PriceSuggested retail price: 7,590 yen (tax included)
Manufacturing siteNagahama Distillery
ProducerNagahama Roman Beer Co.

4. Products from Nagahama Distillery’s past sake exchanges

The second phase will be on November 9, 2021, at Collaboration whiskey with Eigashima distillery and at that time, one type of whiskey was released.

INAZUMA Extra Selected Edition No.2

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

created by Rinker
¥1,320
(2022/09/24 13:55:35時点 Amazon調べ-詳細)

(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.

created by Rinker
¥1,051
(2022/09/25 11:13:35時点 Amazon調べ-詳細)

(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.

created by Rinker
repicbook(リピックブック)株式会社
¥1,870
(2022/09/24 13:26:36時点 Amazon調べ-詳細)

(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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