[On Sale in May 2024]Akkeshi Blended Whisky Koku (Keten Jitsugyo, Akkeshi Distillery)

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Akkeshi Blended Whisky Koku. Released in late May from kenten Jitsugyo and Hokkaido Akkeshi Distillery. Features, price and details are explained.

From the Facebook page of kenten Jitsugyo Corporation, Akkeshi Distillery, late May 2024.
The information about the release of “Akkeshi Blended Whisky Koku” was released from the Facebook page of Keten Jitsugyo Co.

This is already the 15th in the “24 solar terms Series”.
The 24 solar terms Series were introduced from China. The year is divided into 24 equal parts and the seasons are named accordingly, including the vernal equinox and summer solstice.

The limited quantity and price will be 16,500 yen including tax, based on the previously announced price revision.
The coloring of the label this time is vivid, yet graceful and beautiful, and seems to be based on the image of the Fugensakura.

Reference: Akkeshi Distillery official Facebook


1. what is “Koku” in the 24 seasons?

Starting with the release of single malt Kanro in October 2020, Akkeshi Distillery has been selling a new product about every three months as ” 24 solar terms Series”.

 Names of the 24 SeasonalsRelease Date
1stSingle Malt Whisky KanroReleased on October, 2020
2ndBlended Whisky USUILaunched on February , 2021
3rdSingle Malt Japanese Whisky BoushuLaunched on May, 2021
4thBlended Whisky ShoshoTo be released on August, 2021
5thSingle Malt Japanese Whisky RittouLaunched on November, 2021
6thBlended Whisky DaikanLaunched on February, 2022
7thSingle Malt Japanese Whisky SeimeiLaunched on May, 2022
8thBlended Whisky TaishoLaunched on August, 2022
9thSingle Malt Japanese Whisky TaisetsuLaunched on December , 2022
10thSingle Malt Japanese Whisky KeichitsuLaunched on February , 2023
11thBlended Whisky ShomanLaunched on May , 2023
12thSingle Malt Japanese Whisky HakuroLaunched on August , 2023
13thBlended Whisky ShosetsuLaunched on November, 2023
14thSingle Malt Japanese Whisky RisshunLaunched on February, 2024
15thBlended Whisky KokuLaunched on May , 2024

The 15th issue, “Kokuu,” will be released this time.
The word “koku” comes from the phrase “hyakkoku harusame,” meaning “rain falls and moistens a hundred grains.” The climate, which has been changing frequently, has stabilized, and this is the perfect season for sowing seeds. During this season, soft and warm rain falls to moisten the fields and nurture the sprouts. Kogure-rain is also a seasonal word for spring.

In 2024, the “Koku” will be on April 19.

2. kokuu, an Akkeshi blended Whisky

Information released by the Akkeshi Distillery is shown below.

The Fugensakura in Akkeshi-cho starts to wear pale, neat, light pink flowers around the time of “Koku” (Rainy Season).
This time, Akkeshi’s “Koku” is also a traditional classic blend.
More than half of the whole is malt whisky from the Akkeshi distillation,
The malt whisky from the Akkeshi distillation is lavishly blended to pursue a deep taste and a good drinking experience.

Tasting Notes:
Sweet aroma of freshly peeled sweet summer, quince, and fruit parfait
Honeyed pancake, coffee
Anise, nuts, freshly brewed orange tea

Product nameAkkeshi Blended Whisky Koku 
Alcohol typeBlended Whisky
IngredientsMalt, Grain
Cask type
Sales quantityLimited quantity
alcohol content48% (with a minimum of 2.5 percent alcohol)
Price16,500 yen (tax included)
ProducerAkkeshi Distillery

Attractiveness of the Akkeshi Distillery

Acquired “Hokkaido HACCP certification” in December 2021.

The distillery was the first craft Whisky distillery in Japan to obtain external HACCP certification.

We acquired HACCP certification based on our “company philosophy” of always producing safe and secure products through thorough food safety and quality control.

We overcame numerous difficulties and persisted in thorough quality control, and acquired the certification in our sixth season of operation. We feel their commitment to Japanese craftsmanship. We look forward to further improvement of sake quality.

For reservations for distillery tours organized by Conchiglie, a roadside station in Akkeshi-cho, click here

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4. “24 solar terms Series” of Akkeshi Whisky released in the past

Let’s review the Twenty-Four Season Series released by the Akkeshi Distillery in the past.

4-1. 2020 release

■Akkeshi Single Malt Whisky Kanro (released on October 28, 2020)

[Review] Akkeshi Single Malt Whi...
The first work "Kanro" which made 24 seasons into a series. A blend of wine barrels, bourbon barrels, sherry barrels and Mizunara barrels.

4-2. Release in 2021

Akkeshi Blended Whisky Usui (released on February 28, 2021)

【Review】Akkeshi Blended Whisky U...
Released on February 28, 2021, akkeshi blended whisky usui is a gorgeous harmony of sweet and aromatic peatiness combined with the lightness of grain.

Akkeshi Single Malt Japanese Whisky Boshu (released on May 28, 2021)

[Review] AKKESHI Single Malt Jap...
The key malt is peated Quercus mongolica. The rich sweetness of the Akkeshi malt may attract fireflies. Please enjoy the early summer time with the malt grown u...

Akkeshi Blended Whisky “Shosho” (to be released in late August 2021)

[Review] Akkeshi Blended Whisky ...
The main ingredients are 4 years old. The composition is predominantly bourbon barrels with sherry and wine barrels. The complexities and depth of the blends ar...

Akkeshi Single Malt Japanese Whisky Ritto (released in late November 2021)

[Review] Akkeshi Single Malt Jap...
By using wine barrel (Pinot Noir) aging of hokkaido malt original sake, it brings out a mellow and rich taste

4-3. 2022 Release

Akkeshi Blended Whisky Daikan (released late Feb. 2022)

[Review] Akkeshi Blended Whisky ...
The malt is blended with key malts, bourbon barrels are slightly modest, and sherry and wine barrels add sweetness and glamour.

■Akkeshi Single Malt Japanese Whisky Seimei (released in late May 2022)

[Review] Akkeshi Single Malt Jap...
The key malt is all Hokkaido Mizunara. After a good richness and bitter sweetness, a tidal peat taste comes up softly. This is the taste of Akkeshi.

Akkeshi Blended Whisky “Taisho” (Late August 2022)

[Review] Akkeshi Blended Whiskey...
Mizunara is emphasized more and is characterized by lactic acid-based richness, fruit acidity, bitter chocolate-like sweetness and peat aftertaste.

Akkeshi Single Malt Japanese Whisky Taisetsu (released in early December 2022)

[Review] Akkeshi Single Malt Jap...
Japanese Whisky, Akkeshi Single Malt Japanese Whisky Taisetsu. The key malt in this release is also all Hokkaido Mizunara. This time, "Taisetsu" has a...

4-4. 2023 release

Akkeshi Single Malt Japanese Whisky Keichitsu (released in late 2023/2)

[Review] Akkeshi Single Malt Jap...
"Keichitsu" is savory and sweet, with a slight peaty aftertaste. It also has a sweet, whole wheat cookie-like aroma.

Akkeshi Blended Whisky Shoman (released in late May 2023)

[Review] Akkeshi Blended Whisky ...
The key malt is all Hokkaido Quercus crispula. The cask composition is a diverse blend of bourbon, sherry, wine, quercus crispus, and rum. The fruity top, orien...

Akkeshi Single Malt Japanese Whisky Hakuro (released in late August 2023)

[Review]Akkeshi Single Malt Japa...
Aged for more than 3 years in Hokkaido oak barrels, etc., with some of the original barley made from barley produced in Hokkaido. The aroma is characterized by ...
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Akkeshi Blended Whisky Shousetsu (2023/Late November release)

[Review] Akkeshi Blended Whisky ...
Akkeshi Blended Whisky Shosetsu, the 13th in the Akkeshi Twenty-Four solar terms series, was released on November 27 by Kenten Jitsugyo for 13,200 yen (tax incl...

4-5. 2024 release

Akkeshi Single Malt Japanese Whisky Risshun (2024/Late February release)

[Review] Akkeshi Single Malt Whi...
Akkeshi Distillery has released information on the release of "Akkeshi Single Malt Whisky Risshun," the 14th in theTwenty-Four solar terms series. The...

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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