[Lottery sales March 14 – April 18, 2024] Single Malt Whiskey Hakushu Story of the Distillery 2024 EDITION

New Release
New Release
SuntoryHakushu Distillery

Suntory will release “Single Malt Whiskey Hakushu Story of the Distillery 2024 EDITION” in limited quantities on May 28, 2024.Features, price, and lottery application procedures are explained.

Hakushu brand website “Hakushu Mori Kaoru Kuru Seikatsu” has released information on the release of “Single Malt Hakushu Story of the dist illery 2024 EDITION”.
As usual, there will be two lottery applications, and the number of winning bottles will be 1,000 for each lottery, for a total of 2,000 bottles to be sold by the official. The release date is Tuesday, May 28.


1. lottery application procedure

Lottery applications can be made on the Yamazaki Club website. Click here for the application page .
Click here to register as a member of “Hakushu Mori Kaoru Kuru Kuru Seikatsu”.

Application Period
First round: March 14, 2024 (Thu) – April 1, 2024 (Mon)
Second session:
Tuesday, April 2, 2024 – Thursday, April 18, 2024
You may apply up to once for each session. Multiple applications will be invalid.

Number of winners
1,000 winners each time
There is a possibility of being selected for each session.

Winners will be notified by e-mail
First round: April 24, 2024 (Wed.) or later
Second round: May 15, 2024 (Wed.) or later

About Hakushu Single Malt Whiskey Story of the Distillery 2024 EDITION


Product NameSingle Malt Whiskey Hakushu Story of the Distillery 2024 EDITION
Sake categorySingle Malt Japanese Whiskey
Cask TypeBourbon casks, etc.
Sales quantityLimited quantity
Number of bottles43% (with a minimum of 2.5 percent alcohol)
PriceSuggested retail price: 16,500 yen (tax included)
Manufactured atHakushu Distillery
ManufacturerSuntory Limited

A light, sweet smoky flavor with a “Hakushu-ness”.

Only carefully selected and blended smoky Hakushu malt aged in bourbon barrels.
In 2023, on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, the Hakushu Distillery was renovated and given a new lease of life.

The limited edition design for 2024 depicts the distillery as it begins to move toward the future.

Official Tasting Notes


Light amber
NosePineapple, vanilla cream, roasted tea
TasteLight, soft, sweet like Wasanbon, faint bitterness
FinishSmoke from the fire, bitterness

Reference: “Hakushu Story of the Distillery 2024 EDITION” which unravels the craftsmanship and story of Hakushu Distillery, limited quantity and lottery sales Single Malt Whiskey Hakushu, Suntory

3. past lineup of single malt Hakushu

[Review] Single Malt Hakushu 18y...
The deep taste and aroma that only long-term malt aging can provide. The complex richness, sweetness, and rich barrel aroma are in perfect harmony. It also has a pleasant aftertaste with a hint of smokiness. The malt is aged for more than 18 years, which gives it a deep aroma and a hint of smokiness. The complex richness and sweetness of the malt and the aromatic scent of the oak are in perfect harmony. Smoky and pleasant aftertaste.
[Review] Single Malt Hakushu 12y...
Slightly smoky malt is fermented in a wooden tub tank using upper yeast. The fruity and creamy wash is distilled in an open-fire distillation pot and stored in white oak barrels and aged in a Hakushu forest storage for more than 12 years.


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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