[Release in late September 2022] Metamorphosis “The Origin” Single Malt Newborn (Maoi Distillery)

New Release
New Release
Maoi Distillery

This is the first release from Hokkaido’s Maoi Distillery (MAOI Co., Ltd.).



This is the first distilled whisky bottled as a new pot.

Metamorphosis “The Origin” Single Malt Newborn Whisky

The first distilled whisky will be bottled as a new pot and released as “Metamorphosis “The Origin” Single Malt Newborn Whisky” in limited quantities of 1,500 bottles starting in late September. This will be the first commemorative bottle from the Maoi Distillery, made from 100% Hokkaido malt and brewed with groundwater from the hills of Maoi.
All bottles will be numbered and will be the one and only commemorative bottle in the world.


Reference: Maoi Distillery’s first distilled whisky

Product name

Metamorphosis “The Origin” Single Malt Newborn Whisky

Sake typeNew Pot
IngredientsHokkaido Malt
Cask Type
Number of bottlesLimited to 1,500 bottles
Alcohol content
PriceSuggested retail price: 4,950 yen (tax included)
Manufactured atMaoi Distillery
ManufacturerMAOI Corporation (AZE Group Co., Ltd.)

2. Method of purchase

MAOI Distillery Club and Premium Members will be able to pre-order the product, and it will be sold exclusively at direct sales outlets and some retail stores.

The Maoi Distillery Club has an admission fee of 3,000 yen (tax included) and an annual membership fee of 12,000 yen. To apply for membership, please contact HERE

They are planning to offer membership benefits such as membership cards, pin badges and other goods, liquor twice a year, and exclusive events with limited sales, advance sales, and tastings.

3. About MAOI Inc.

The winery was established in March 2006 in the hills of Maoi in Naganuma Town, and at the time was said to be the smallest winery in Japan, producing mainly mountain grape varieties on 0.5 ha. In 2017, it was succeeded by Maoi Free Hill Winery. In the winter of 2021, the distillery will change its name to MAOI Corporation, and will offer everything from wine to distilled spirits as MAOI Distillery.

Reference: MAOI Distillery|MAOI Co.

4. About MAOI Distillery

MAOI Distillery will change its name and brand from MAOI Jiyu no Oka Winery in May 2022. The distillery will install a 1,000L hybrid distiller made by Forsyth in Scotland and start producing brandy, fruit brandy, Hokkaido whisky, and Hokkaido corn whisky.


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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