[Limited to 100 lottery tickets] “Gaia Flow Shizuoka Blended M” to be released in late February

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The Gaia Flow whisky Blended M, which has already been introduced on this site, has received a notice from the Gaia Flow Shizuoka Distillery newsletter, announcing the Blended M lottery sale.

It is also posted on the Gaia Flow blog.


The Gaia Flow whisky Blended M, which will be sold all year round, will be sold by lottery to 100 members of the email newsletter at the online store “WHISKY PORT” run by Gaia Flow Shizuoka Distillery.

Here is the detailed information on the lottery method, schedule, and necessary preparations for the Gaia Flow whisky Blended M.


1. Register as a member of the email magazine (if you haven’t already, do so by February 18)

The lottery method for the Gaia Flow whisky Blended M will be posted in the mail magazine to be distributed on February 19. If you haven’t registered as a mail magazine member yet, be sure to do so by February 18.


Click here to register.

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2. Check your mail magazine for February 19th

Once you have registered for the newsletter, please wait for the Gaia Flow newsletter to be delivered on February 19.

In the newsletter, you will find details on how to apply for the lottery.

3. Enter using the method described in the e-mail!

When you receive the February 19th email newsletter, you will probably find the URL for lottery application in the body of the email. Please read the lottery application instructions carefully and apply on the lottery application page. 

4. Winners will be announced by February 25

Winners will be announced within 5 days of the lottery entry.

If you do not receive an email from Gaia Flow by February 25th, you will not be selected…

5. Winners will be able to purchase at WHISKY PORT

If you receive the winning email by February 25, please follow the instructions in the email to complete your purchase.

The lottery will be limited to 100 people, so we expect the lottery to be quite high again this time.
However, the Blended M is scheduled to be sold throughout the year, so even if you are not selected this time, you will definitely have another opportunity to purchase it, so don’t give up and wait for the next opportunity.

First of all, let’s hope we win the lottery for this first release!

6. Products from Gaia Flow Shizuoka Distillery

Here are the official bottles released by Gaia Flow Shizuoka Distillery.

6-1. Single Malt Whisky Shizuoka Prologue K

Made with over 50% Japanese barley malt and vatted with malted barley from the UK and Canada. It is characterized by a woody taste with a light peaty aroma and a pleasant aftertaste.

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6-2. Single Malt Whisky Shizuoka Prologue W

W is the nickname for the one and only wood-fired direct distillation machine. It has a youthful, yet gentle aroma from three years of maturation, a thick taste unique to wood-fired distillation, a firm body, a light smokiness, and a long, gentle finish.

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6-3. Single Malt Whisky Shizuoka Contact S

The Shizuoka distillery used two first distillation units, K (moved from the Karuizawa distillery) and W (direct wood-fired distillation), to blend both types of raw materials with different characteristics for the first time.
The steam-heated K has a fruity aroma and light flavor, while the wood-fired W gives a heavier taste and a longer finish.

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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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