New Release
New Release
Saburomaru DistilleryEigashima Distillery

Wakatsuru Shuzo’s general mail order online store “Me to, ALC.” has released information on the release of “Far East of Peat Third Batch” and “Far East of Peat Fourth Batch”.The THIRD BATCH is limited to 600 bottles for 16,500 yen, and the FOURTH BATCH is limited to 5,000 bottles for 6,985 yen.

This time we exchanged unblended whisky from Wakatsuru Shuzo’s Saromaru Distillery and Eigashima Distillery of Eigashima Shuzo Co. This is a collaboration between two distilleries that have been producing whisky since before the local whisky boom in the 1980s.

Applications for the lottery will be accepted from Tuesday, January 25 (15:00) to Tuesday, February 8 (23:59). Don’t forget to apply for the lottery.


Product Concept
We selected and blended the 2018 distilled Billy Peated Malt from Saburoumaru Distillery and Lightly Peated Malt aged in bourbon casks from Eigashima Shuzo. The Eigashima malt’s fruity freshness and complexity is complemented by the robust Saburoumaru malt, creating a supple and robust collaboration between Japanese craft distilleries.

Citation: Me to, ALC.

Product name


Sake category Blended Malt Japanese whisky
Ingredients Malt
Number of bottles sold Limited to 600 bottles
Number of Degrees 50
Contents 700ml
Price 16,500 yen (tax included)

Saburomaru Distillery Eigashima Distillery


Product Concept

In addition to the 2018 distillation of Saburomaru Distillery’s Billy Peated Malt and Eigashima Shuzo’s Bourbon Cask Aged Lightly Peated Malt, Scotch malt was carefully selected and blended. Using only malt raw materials, we aimed to create a gorgeous, multi-layered flavor.

Quote: Me to, ALC.

Product name


Sake category Blended malt whisky
Ingredients Malt
Number of bottles sold Limited to 5,000 bottles
Number of Degrees 50
Contents 700ml
Price 6,985 yen (tax included)

Saburomaru Distillery, Eigashima Distillery

3.How to purchase

①WEB lottery

The web lottery form is Click here

Application Period : Tuesday, January 25, 15:00 – Tuesday, February 8, 23:59

Only members of “Me and ALC.” online store can purchase. If you haven’t registered yet, please do so.

Announcement of winners: Winners will be notified to the e-mail address entered in the application form on or after February 10 (Thu).

There is a quiz (5 questions in total) in the application guidelines, and after answering all the questions, the winners will be drawn according to the number of correct answers.

Only one entry per person is allowed. The quiz cannot be cancelled or changed after submission, and the contents of the quiz must not be made public through SNS or other means.

Lottery sales will be Set of “THIRD BATCH” and “FOURTH BATCH”, 23,485 yen (tax included) sales.


②Purchase at Saburoumaru Distillery

For those who visit Saburoumaru Distillery on February 22, you can purchase it at Saburoumaru Distillery.

The SaburoMaru Distillery tour is by reservation only, and there are only a few spots left for the tour on February 22, so if you are planning to visit the distillery, we recommend that you make a reservation as soon as possible. Reservations for the tour can be made up to two days in advance.

The availability of the distillery tour is Click here from.

For more information or to apply for a distillery tour, please contact

<Reservation Center>

TEL: 0763-37-8159 (Office hours: Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

4.About Saburomaru Distillery

Saromaru Distillery

Address 208 Sabromaru, Tonami City, Toyama Prefecture 939-1308, Japan
Start of operation 1953 (renovated in 2016)

The only distillery in Hokuriku, established in 1952.
The distillery was licensed to make whisky in 1952 amidst the rice shortage after the war. Since then, the distillery has been brewing sake in winter. Distilling whisky only during the summer Since then, the distillery has been making sake in winter and whisky in winter. The annual production is 200 bottles. Planning to make 300 in the future.
Since the beginning of the operation, we have been focusing on smoky whisky, using Islay peated malt and recently Peated malt from Toyama Prefecture The whisky is made with Islay peated malt and more recently with It is characterized by the fact that it is not cooled, filtered, or colored at all in order to preserve its natural flavor.

In 2018, we installed the latest mash tun from Miyake Manufacturing.
In 2019, we collaborated with a local company, Oigo Manufacturing, to develop a cast pod still ZEMON in 2019.
In 2020, one wooden vat fermenter will be installed.

The main difference between ZEMON and other distilleries is the world’s first cast pod still. ZEMON ZEMON is the first distillery in the world to use a cast pod still.
There are three major features.
(1) The casting method makes it possible to mold the product using a mold, which allows for short delivery times. (2) The casting method enables molding using molds, which results in shorter production lead times, and allows for sufficient wall thickness at low cost, resulting in a longer service life for the body.
(2) Various liquor quality is realized by free molding by casting. In addition, it is possible to replace only worn-out parts or expand functions by unitizing each part.
(3) The product is made of a copper-tin alloy containing about 90% copper and 8% tin. (3) Made from a copper-tin alloy that contains about 90% copper and 8% tin. Tin is a high-grade metal that is traded at about three times the price of copper.
Tin has been used since ancient times to mellowing the taste of alcohol. It is said that tin is a high-grade metal that sells for about three times the price of copper, and has been used for liquor containers and shochu coolers. ZEMON contributes to the production of high quality spirits through the dual effects of copper and tin. to the production of high quality spirits. It has been used for sake vessels and shochu coolers.
Reference: Wakatsuru Sake Brewery official website


See also this ↓ for more information on the Sanromaru Distillery.

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Japanese Whisky Dictionary

5.Wakatsuru Sake Brewery’s lineup

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6.About Eigashima Distillery

Eigashima distillery

Location 919 Nishijima, Okubo-cho, Akashi, Hyogo 674-0065, Japan
Start of operation 1919.

In 1891, the shochu storehouse “Nibangura” was completed * Later it became a whisky storehouse.
1919 Obtained a whisky license and established a distillery.
 In the same year, the local whisky “White Oak” was released.
1984 New distillery completed.
2007 First single malt whisky ” Akashi ” 8 years old released

Akashi is made at the White Oak Distillery in Eigashima, Akashi City, Hyogo Prefecture.
The name of the distillery is now changed to Eigashima Distillery in order to make it easier to understand for foreign tourists.
The distillery is famous for being the closest distillery to the sea in Japan, and it is also the westernmost single malt whisky distillery in Japan.
As a small fishing village, Eigashima enjoys a pleasant climate all year round and benefits from a warm oceanic climate right next to the Akashi Strait, an inland sea.
A license to produce whisky and wine was obtained in 1919.
The first whisky distillation in Japan took place at the Yamazaki Distillery in 1923, but it was the Eigashima Distillery (formerly the White Oak Distillery) that received the first patent for whisky distillation in Japan in 1919.
In 1919, Masataka Taketsuru, the father of Japanese whisky, went to Scotland to learn about whisky distilling.
It is amazing that the White Oak Distillery existed at such an early stage.
However, although the patent was obtained, the correct method of making whisky was not handed down, so it is said that what was being made at that time was imitation whisky.

Reference: White Oak Distillery official website

See also this ↓ for more information on White Oak Distillery.

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Japanese Whisky Dictionary

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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.

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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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