Lottery applications start [July 11, 2022] THE SUN 2022 (Saburomaru Distillery)

New Release
New Release
Saburomaru Distillery

Information on the release of the new product “THE SUN 2022” was released on the official Twitter page of Saburomaru Distillery.
The product concept is “a peppy and aromatic collaboration of Saburomaru malt and home-aged grain”.

The release date is July 11, 2022. Lottery applications have started on the official website.

There is a quiz as usual for the lottery sales at Saburomaru distillery. There is only one question this time, and it is a gentle question this time from the viewpoint of the difficulty level of the past quizzes. Is it really that easy? Is there a pitfall? I think so.

1. About the lottery application

Lottery applications are now open to “Me and ALC” members only.
Registration is required. You can apply for the lottery after registering as a member.

Click here for the application page.


Application period: Wednesday, June 29, 12:30 p.m. to Monday, July 4, 23:59 p.m.
Lottery results: Winners will be notified directly by e-mail. The exact date and time are unknown.

2. THE SUN 2022

The majority of the 2018 distilled Saburomaru malt is made mainly from Mizunara and sherry casks from Toga, Toyama Prefecture, bringing out a variety of aromas, peppiness, and an oakiness derived from Mizunara. The blend of grains aged for more than 12 years in roasted casks from Iba and wine casks from Nagano are used to combine and support the multilayered aroma.
Reference: Saburomaru Blended Whisky: A New Frontier|Wakatsuru Brewery

The product is a blend of malt distilled at the Saburomaru distillery and grain distilled at the distillery.
The grain is aged for more than 12 years and is “home-aged”, and although it is not stated, it may be made from overseas grains.

Product name

THE SUN 2022
Sake type Blended whisky
Ingredients Malt, Grain
Casks Quercus, Sherry, and other types of casks
Number of bottles Limited to 5,320 bottles
Strength 48% (with a minimum of 2,000 bottles)
Price Suggested retail price: 10,780 yen (tax included)
Place of production

Saburomaru Distillery

Manufacturer Wakatsuru Shuzo Co.

3. About Saburomaru Distillery

The only whisky distillery in Hokuriku, founded in 1952.
Amidst the postwar rice shortage, they obtained a license to produce whisky in 1952. Since then, they have been brewing sake in winter Whisky distilled only during summer In the winter, they brew 200 bottles of sake. They make 200 bottles a year. They are planning to make 300 bottles in the future.
Since the beginning, they have been particular about smoky whisky, using Islay peated malt and recently Toyama peated malt The whisky is brewed with Islay peated malt and more recently with In order to preserve the natural flavor, no cooling filtration or coloring is used.

In 2018, we installed a state-of-the-art mash tun from Miyake Manufacturing.
In 2019, we collaborated with a local company, Oigo Seisakusho, to develop a cast pod still “ZEMON” to develop a cast pod still.
In 2020, one wooden vat fermenter was installed.

The main difference from other distilleries is the world’s first cast pod still. “ZEMON” The distillery uses the world’s first cast pod still, “ZEMON”.
There are three main features.
(1) The casting method enables mold forming and quick delivery. Also, it is possible to add sufficient wall thickness at a low cost, which increases the service life of the main body.
(2) Free molding by the casting method allows for a variety of sake qualities. Also, by unitizing the parts, it is possible to replace only worn parts or expand the functions.
(3) Made of a copper-tin alloy containing 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 mellow the taste of alcohol. It is said to be the most expensive metal in the world, and has been used for sake vessels 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 is also used as a cooler for sake and shochu.
Reference: Wakatsuru Sake Brewery official website

4. Blended Whiskies from Saburomaru Distillery released in the past

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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