[March 18, 2022 release] Gaia Flow 10th Anniversary! Two single casks

New Release
New Release
Shizuoka Distillery

Gaia Flow Co. sent us information on the release of a new product.

Two single malts will be released to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Gaia Flow Co.


①[highlight color=”yellow”] Black Adder Row Cask Single Malt Shizuoka 2018 3 Year Cask No. 781


②[highlight color=”yellow”] Black Adder Row Cask Single Malt Shizuoka 2018 3 Year Old Cask No. 1357 100% Japanese Barley Aged in Japanese Wine Barrels[



This release is from Black Adder, with whom we have had a partnership since the beginning. Two barrels were carefully selected by Robin Tucek, representative of Black Adder. This will be the first single cask release as Gaia Flow.


“Cask No. 1357” is the Shizuoka Distillery’s first special bottle of 100% domestic barley and Japanese wine barrels.


*Row caskmeans that it is cask strength, non-chill filtered, and non-colored. This is a common practice in Japanese whisky these days.


The distributor is Black Adder, but the whisky is Japanese whisky because it is prepared, aged, and bottled in Japan.

Lottery sales

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It seems that the only sales for the general public are the lottery sales for this newsletter distribution.


Because it is a single cask and the number of bottles sold in Japan is 60 in both cases, there will probably be no “right to purchase owner’s cask privileges” as was the case when Prologue K, Prologue W, and Contact S were released.

2. Black Adder Row Cask Single Malt Shizuoka 2018 3 years Cask No. 781


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100% Scottish non-peat barley. Distilled in a “K” distiller and aged for 3 years in bourbon barrels.


Alcohol content: 64.9%.
Capacity: 700ml
Number of bottles: 199
Number of bottles sold in Japan: 60
Non-chill filtered, no coloring, cask strength
Price: 15,555 yen (tax included/price 14,141 yen)


Tasting Notes.
Nose: Vanilla, hay, slight almond
Mouth: light vanilla toffee and well-balanced oak
Lingering: just a little, slight pepperiness lingers on the tongue

(Quoted from GAIAFLOW BLOG)

Product Name

Black Adder Lowe Cask Single Malt Shizuoka 2018 3 Years Cask No. 781

By SakeSingle Malt Japanese Whisky
IngredientsScottish non-peat barley
Cask typeBourbon Barrel
Sales volume199 bottles (domestic sales: 60 bottles)
Number of units64.9%
Content Volume700ml
Price15,555 yen (including tax)

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3. Black Adder Row Cask Single Malt Shizuoka 2018 3 years Cask No. 1357 100% Japanese barley, aged in Japanese wine barrels

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Made from 100% domestic non-peat barley. Distilled in a “W” distiller and aged for 3 years in red wine barrels from a top winery in Japan.


Alcohol content: 61.1%.
Capacity: 700ml
Bottled quantity: 177 bottles
Number of bottles sold in Japan: 60
Non-chill filtered, no coloring, cask strength.
Price: 24,332 yen (tax included/price 22,120 yen)


Tasting Notes
Nose: Caramelized baked apples, vanilla, banana, allspice, oak
Taste: Soft, harmonious blend of caramelized fruits, spices and oak
Lingering: gentle, mild tannins, sweet, dry vanilla-caramel tails

(Quoted from GAIAFLOW BLOG)

Product Name

Black Adder Row Cask Single Malt Shizuoka 2018 3 Years Cask No. 1357 100% Japanese Barley, aged in Japanese wine barrels

By SakeSingle Malt Japanese Whisky
IngredientsDomestic non-peat barley
Cask typeRed wine casks
Number of sales177 bottles (domestic sales: 60 bottles)
Number of degrees of alcohol61.1%
Content volume700ml
Price24,332 yen (including tax)

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4. Whiskies released by Shizuoka Distillery in the past

4-1. Single Malt Whisky Shizuoka Prologue K

Over 50% Japanese barley malt is used and vatting is done with raw materials made from British and Canadian malt.
In addition to the delicate and delicate flavor of Japanese barley malt, British and Canadian Pilsner malts bring out the rich sweetness that is unique to PROLOG K.
In addition, the light peatiness of the English peated malt rounds out the overall flavor. Bottled in quantities of 5,000 bottles.


4-2. Single Malt Whisky Shizuoka Prologue W

Made primarily from Japanese barley malt, with Scottish peated malt and beer malt, it has the youthfulness of a 3 year old, but with a gentle aroma, firm body and light smokiness, and a long, gentle finish that is enjoyable. You can enjoy the richness of the wood-fired flavor. Bottled in 5,000 bottles.


4-3. Single Malt Whisky Shizuoka Contact S

The indirect steam-heated pot still “K” has a fruity aroma and light flavor, while the pot still “W” with direct wood-fired distillation gives a heavier flavor and a longer finish.

Japanese barley malt is the main ingredient, with Scottish peated malt, non-pitted malt and beer malt. First-fill bourbon barrels are the main casks used, with quarter casks also used. This single malt whisky is the result of the combined efforts of the Shizuoka Distillery’s wooden fermentation tanks and distillation equipment. Bottled in 5,000



4-4. Gaia Flow Whisky Blended M

Shizuoka malt sake matured for more than three years is harmonized with English malt and grain sake, and then blended meticulously. By balancing the delicate, elongated Shizuoka malt flavor with strong English malt and mellow grain, a one-of-a-kind Gaia Flow blend was created. Initial production of 5,555 bottles. After that, it will be sold throughout the year as a standard item.




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.

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Born July 17, 1981 in Kitahiroshima City, Hokkaido, Japan
After graduating from university, joined NTT Data Customer Service Corporation as a new graduate.
2010: Opened "Azabujuban BAR Shinkai" → 2016: Developed specialty "Yakuzen Curry" → 2018: Opened "Toranomon BAR Shinkai" and in 2019 "Shibadaimon BAR Shinkai" → 2020: Started web media "Japanese Whisky Dictionary".
We will daily communicate the appeal of Japanese whiskey as something we, as bartenders, can do.

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