[Late November 2023 release] Akkeshi Blended Whisky Shosetsu (Kenten Jitsugyo, Akkeshi Distillery)

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Akkeshi Blended Whisky Shosetsu. Released in late November from Kenten Jitsugyo and Akkeshi Distillery. Characteristics, price and details are explained.

Kenten Jitsugyo Corporation, Akkeshi Distillery Facebook page has released information about the release of “Akkeshi Blended Whisky Shosetsu” in late November 2023.

This will be the 13th release in the Akkeshi Whisky “Twenty-Four solar terms series”.
Twenty-Four solar terms was introduced from China. The year is divided into 24 equal parts and the seasons are named accordingly, such as Risshun and the Geshi.

Limited quantity, priced at 13,200 yen including tax.
The previous release was called “Single Malt Japanese Whisky Hakuro,” and this time it will be a blended release.


1. What is “Shosetsu” in the Twenty-Four solar terms?

Starting with the release of single malt Kanro in October 2020, Akkeshi Distillery has been selling a new product about every three months as part of the “Twenty-Four solar terms series.”

 Release DateNames of the Twenty-Four solar terms
The first releaseOctober 28, 2020Kanro: around October 8
The second releaseFebruary 28, 2021Usui: around February 19
The third releaseMay 28, 2021Boshu: around June 6
The fourth releaseLate August, 2021Shosho: around August 23
The fifth releaseLate November, 2021Ritto: around November 7
The sixth releaseLate February, 2022Daikan: around January 20
The seventh releaseLate May, 2022Seimei: around April 5
The eighth releaseLate August, 2022Taisho: around July 23
The ninth releaseEarly December, 2022Taisetsu: around December 7
The tenth releaseLate February, 2023Keichitsu: around March 6
The eleventh releaseLate May, 2023Shoman: around May 21
The twelfth releaseLate August, 2023Hakuro: around September 8
The thirteenth releaseLate November, 2023Shosetsu: around November 23

The 13th release will be “Shosetsu”.
“Shosetsu” refers to the time of year when the sunlight weakens, autumn leaves begin to fall, and snow begins to fall on the mountains and other areas. Full-blown winter is just around the corner, and the cold gradually becomes more severe. It is necessary to be prepared for winter. It is considered as a guideline to prepare for the year-end gift.

The Shosetsu for 2023 is November 22. Also in 2023, it is about 15 days from November 22 to December 7, the 21st “Taisetsu” of the next Twenty-Four solar terms.

2. Akkeshi Blended Whisky Shosetsu

Information released by the Akkeshi Distillery is listed below.

The golden leaves of the fallen pine trees in the mountains are falling in the autumn.
The pure white whooper swans that fly to Lake Akkeshi invite the first snowfall.
The end of the year is filled with smiles as people warm themselves with peat-covered whisky from Akkeshi.

Tasting notes:

<Aroma> Potapota-yaki, hot egg omelet with a dash of soy sauce, honey lemon, and a hint of raisin
<Taste> Smoke, citrusy acidity and sweetness
<Aftertaste> Poivre rosé, orange sauce, salted lemon
Product NameAkkeshi Blended Whisky Shosetsu
Distinction by alcoholBlended Whisky
IngredientsMalt, Grain
Cask type
Sales quantityLimited quantity
Degrees of alcohol content48%
Price13,200 yen (tax included)
ProducerAkkeshi Distillery

3. Attractions of the Akkeshi Distillery

Obtained “Hokkaido HACCP Certification” in December 2021.

We are the first craft whisky distillery in Japan to receive external HACCP certification.

The acquisition of HACCP certification was achieved based on the “Company Philosophy” of always producing safe and secure products through thorough food safety and quality control.

The company overcame a number of difficulties and persisted in thorough quality control, acquiring the certification in its sixth season of operation. We feel their commitment to Japanese craftsmanship. I have high expectations for further improvement in sake quality.

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

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4. Akkeshi Whisky “Twenty-Four solar terms series” released in the past

Let’s review the Twenty-Four solar terms 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. 2021 Release

■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 (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 in late February, 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 (Released in 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 February, 2023)

[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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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.

Misato Ushiwata

Born in Fukushima Prefecture.
She attended a university in Tokyo, where she studied brewing and other sciences while translating articles for the "Japanese Whisky Dictionary".

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