[Lottery sales March 29, 2023 by 10:00 a.m.] Osuzu MALT Chestnut Barrel (Osuzuyama Distillery)

New Release
New Release
Osuzuyama Distillery

The Osuzuyama Distillery’s official website and the official online store’s mail magazine have released information on the lottery for the sale of “OSUZU MALT Chestnut Barrel. 200ml and 700ml are available.
The deadline for lottery applications is March 29, 10:00AM.

This is the first single malt release by Osuzuyama Distillery. They are a popular distillery that has released several new makes and new bones, but all of them have been sold out immediately. The release date for the 200ml is listed on the product page as April 9 (Sun.) at 10:00, but there is no information on the product page for the 700ml, so this is unknown at this time.

1. About lottery applications

The application for the lottery has been started at the online store of Osuzuyama Distillery. Click here for the application form.

Please remember to register as a member of Osuzuyama Distillery Online Shop.
Click here to register as a new member.

Application period: Saturday, March 25, 10:00 – Thursday, March 29, 10:00
Notification of winners: Only winners will be notified of their selection and purchase information to the e-mail address they entered in the application form at 5:00 p.m. on March 31. Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified.

2. OSUZU MALT Chestnut Barrel

This product is a Japanese single malt whisky that has reached three years of maturity.
It is made from hand-malted barley grown by our “Rebirth of the Earth Association” and aged in casks made from Miyazaki chestnuts and American oak, and will be released at cask strength.

Reference: Osuzuyama Distillery Online shop / OSUZU MALT Chestnut Barrel 700ml

Product name OSUZU MALT Chestnut Barrel
Alcohol Single malt Japanese whisky
Ingredients Malt
Barrel Type Chestnut casks, American white oak
Number of bottles
Alcoholic content 59%
Price Suggested Retail Price 700ml: 15,994 yen (tax included) 200ml: 6,600 yen (tax included)
Manufactory Ozuzuyama Distillery
Manufacturer Kuroki Honten

3. About Osuzuyama Distillery

The “Osuzuyama Distillery” is another distillery of Kuroki Honten, which was established in 1885. 1998, the distillery was built in the mountains of Osuzuyama in Takanabe Town, Miyazaki Prefecture, and is a beautiful distillery in harmony with the natural landscape.
Kuroki Honten is a long-established shochu distillery known for its “Hyakunen no Kodoku,” “Yamaneko,” and “Yamazaru“. The distillery was built in the mountains by Toshio Kuroki, who was inspired by the Edradour Distillery in Scotland. His son, Shinsaku Kuroki, who succeeded him, started making whisky in November 2019.
The barley used for the raw materials is produced in-house, and they grow two varieties, “Harushizuku” and “Haruka Nijo”.
There are a total of four distillation machines: two for shochu, one for whisky (redistillation), and one for spirits.
Whisky is first distilled in the distiller for shochu, and then the distiller for whisky is used for redistillation.

OSUZU MALT NEW MAKE, released in August 2020, sold out immediately after its release. It shows the high level of expectation and attention.

4. Lineup of Osuzuyama Distillery


4-2 OSUZU GIN Cacao

4-3 OSUZU GIN Kumquat


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".

Misato Ushiwataをフォローする