[Review] Akkeshi Single Malt Whisky Risshun – Features, Taste, List Price, Where to Buy?

Whisky Review
Whisky Review
Akkeshi Distillery

Review of Risshun, an Akkeshi single malt whiskey. Newly released by Kaken Jitsugyo Akkeshi Distillery. Features, price, and how to purchase.

Akkeshi Single Malt Whisky Risshun , the 14th in the[Twenty-Four solar terms series, has been released by Akkeshi Distillery.

1st Single Malt Whisky Kanro Released on October 28, 2020
2nd Blended Whisky USUI Launched on February 28, 2021
3rd Single Malt Japanese Whiskey Boushu Launched on May 28, 2021
4th Blended Whisky Shosho To be released on August 25, 2021
5th Single Malt Japanese Whisky Rittou Launched on November 25, 2021
6th Blended Whisky Daikan Launched on February 25, 2022
7th Single Malt Japanese Whiskey Seimei Launched on May 30, 2022
8th Blended Whisky Taisho Launched on August 26, 2022
9th Single Malt Japanese Whisky Taisetsu Launched on December 5, 2022
10th Single Malt Japanese Whisky Keichitsu Launched on February 27, 2023
11th Blended Whisky Shoman Launched on May 31, 2023
12th Single Malt Japanese Whiskey Hakuro Launched on August 24, 2023
13th Blended Whiskey Shosetsu Launched on November 22, 2023
14th Single Malt Japanese Whiskey Risshun Launched on February 22, 2024

The Twenty-Four solar terms series of the year are divided into 24 equal parts and named to represent the seasons, including the commonly heard “vernal equinox” and “summer solstice.

Risshun” is the beginning of the 24 seasonal divisions and the time when the longitude of the sun reaches 315 degrees, which is around February 4 on the solar calendar. It is the midpoint between the winter solstice and the vernal equinox. Since it is calculated based on the movement of the sun, it is cold enough to be called spring, but one can sense that the days are longer than at the winter solstice. Risshun and Setsubun are also closely related. The day before Risshun is Setsubun.

Image exhibit: Akkeshi Distillery Facebook


1. Manufacturer

Kenten Jitsugyo Co.

Established 1982
Head office Imperial Hotel Tokyo, 1-1-1 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0011, Japan
Owned distillery Akkeshi distillery


Akkeshi distillery

Address 109-2, Miyazono 4-chome, Akkeshi-cho, Akkeshi-gun, Hokkaido 088-1124, Japan
Start of operation October 2016

2015: Started construction of the distillery
2016: Started distilling in October
2017 Second aging room completed
2018 February: First product release as Akkeshi distillery. The 3rd maturation warehouse was completed.
2020 FebruaryFirst single malt whisky ” Sarorun Kamui ” is released.
   AprilCompletion of the 4th maturation warehouse.
     October: Released the first single
malt whisky in the 24 Season series, ” Single Malt Cold Dew “.
2021 New milling building is constructed (operation starts in 2022).
April 2023: Completion of the No. 5 M ature House.

The concept is “Whisky that inherits the traditional Scottish process and has a flavor unique to Akkeshi.

Deep fog with tidal air, clear air, and abundant peat. We believe that the climate of Akkeshi in Hokkaido will create the unknown flavor of Japanese whiskey that we are looking for, and started distillation in 2016.
We will continue to hone our skills here in order to make the most of the “terroir” of Hokkaido and the land of Akkeshi in our whiskey production, and at the same time, we will continue to work more deeply with the people and nature of the land. Barley and Quercus crispula grown in the land of Hokkaido, the beautiful water of Atsukishi, and peat containing abundant minerals. Our wish is to make everything from Hokkaido and deliver to the world a Japanese whiskey that cannot be found anywhere else.
Quote: Blender’s Attention Blender’s Attention [Akkeshi Distillery

With a strong desire to “make whisky like Islay malt using the traditional Scottish process,” the facilities are made by Forsyth in Scotland. All construction was carried out by Forsyth craftsmen visiting Japan. The pot stills are straight-headed and onion-shaped, similar to those at some distilleries on Islay. Heating is by radiator system (indirect heating), and the attached condenser is of shell-and-tube type and the mash tun is of semi-reuter type.
The fermentation tanks (washback) are all made of stainless steel, and the temperature is purposely not adjustable. The craftsman determines the timing of fermentation while letting nature take its course.

The aging cellars currently range from the first to the fifth cellar. The first is a dunnage type, and the second (next to the filling building) is currently used to store products prior to shipment. The third to fifth maturing warehouses are rack type, and are located on a hilltop overlooking Atsukishi Bay, where “sea fog” with the scent of the sea envelops the entire town of Atsukishi and deepens the maturation of the malt, which is expected to have a positive effect on the characteristics of the whiskey.

In addition to bourbon and sherry, hard-to-find ” mizunara” oak is used as a maturing cask. Furthermore, we are challenging every possibility, such as matching with wine and rum casks.
In addition, barley, the raw material for whiskey, is grown in Akkeshi, and everything, including the peat and wooden casks used for aging, is produced in Akkeshi. As a new initiative, in August 2021, the distillery began experimentally maturing the distilled spirit at the Akkeshi distillery in Furano. What kind of changes will be brought about by the sake matured in Furano? This is exactly what terroir is all about, taking advantage of the great individuality of “Hokkaido” as well as the locality of Atsukishi. The idea of “terroir”, which wine connoisseurs have probably heard a lot about, is incorporated into whiskey, and the fusion of “the individuality of Atsukishi” and “the individuality of Hokkaido” and the whiskey production utilizing the terroir of these lands is fascinating and the expectations are unlimited.

Lake Akkeshi andBessanbekyu Marsh in the vicinity of Akkeshi Town are registered wetlands under the Ramsar Convention. The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, adopted in Ramsar, Iran, on February 2, 1971, aims to conserve and make wise use of wetlands as habitats for waterfowl and other wildlife under international cooperation.
Our company aims to be a distillery that protects and coexists with this rich natural environment.
The tap water used for whiskey is taken from the Homakai River upstream of the Ohoro River, which runs near the distillery. The surrounding area is a marshland and a habitat for baikamo ducks, which are said to live only in clear water. The small white flowers that bloom in summer are a symbol of the abundant water. This water nurtures the whiskey of Akkeshi.

Reference: Akkeshi Distillery official website

For more information on the Akkeshi Distillery, please see also here↓.

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3. product name and photo

Akkeshi Single Malt Whisky Risshun
Akkeshi Single Malt Whisky RISSHUN

4.Features of Akkeshi Single Malt Whisky Risshun

Key malt is “All Hokkaido Whisky

Akkeshi Single Malt Whisky Risshun is distilled in Akkeshi with Hokkaido malt and matured in Hokkaido oak casks.

It is the ” most peaty ” of the 24 Setsubiki series currently available. It is a highly anticipated product for those who love Akkeshi whiskey.

Reference: Akkeshi Distillery official Facebook

4₋1. Tasting Notes

Aroma Sea peat, brioche, evaporated milk, fragrant and sweet aroma
Taste Baked marshmallow, caramelized nuts, dried persimmon, citrus sweetness and acidity
Aftertaste Smooth texture and refreshing citrus-like acidity. Aromatic peatiness with sweetness lingers long afterward.

4-2. Product Specifications

Alcohol content 55% (55% alcohol by volume)
alcohol category Single Malt Japanese Whiskey
Cask type Bourbon, Quercus crispula, etc.
Volume 700ml
Number of bottles sold Limited quantity
Suggested Retail Price 19,800 yen (tax included)
Release date February 22, 2024

5. Awards

No awards have been received at this time.

6. Price of Akkeshi Single Malt Risshun

6-1. Suggested Retail Price

Product name Akkeshi Single Malt Whiskey Risshun
Volume 700ml
Suggested retail price Including tax: 19,800 yen

6-2. Resale price on Mercari

Resale prices on Mercari range from28,000yen to 35,000 yen. (*As of 2/27/2024)

6-3. Yahoo Auction Sold Price

Thelowest bid price on Yahoo! Auctions is 25,000 yen.

(*No trading record as of 2/27/2024)

6-4. Rakuten, Yahoo Shopping, Amazon

No sales are currently confirmed for these mail order sites.

(*As of 2/27/2024)


6-5. Prices offered at BAR Shinkai

At “BAR Shinkai” operated by this site, onecup, 45ml: 5,610 yen 30ml: 3,740 yen, 15ml: 1,870 yen, etc. are offered in small quantities.

Information about “BAR Shinkai”
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7. Summary

This new peat has quite an impact. If we take only the aroma, it can be said that it is just like an Islay, but it is probably only from Akkeshi that such a sweet aroma can be found along with the peat.

The taste is also complex, but you can feel many elements that are not defeated by the strong peat. The peat is strongly felt in the single malt at the Akkeshi distillery, and the lemon and lime-like citrus is also common to “Boushu” and “Seimei”, but the sweetness stands out more, as does the peat.

The next release will probably be in May, around Rikka (Rikka means “standing summer” in Japanese).

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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 whisky 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

(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 whisky 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.

(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 whisky? 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.

(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 whisky 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.

Ryuhei Oishi

Bartender at bar Shinkai Toranomon, born in Hokkaido.
After working at a restaurant in Tokyo, became a certified sommelier by the Japan Sommelier Association.
I became interested in Japanese whiskey, of which he had little knowledge, and started working at bar Shinkai. I went to distilleries to talk to the distillers and joined JWD to share their passion and information as a bartender.

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