[August 2, 2022 release] Single Malt Japanese Whisky “YUZA Asahimachi Wine Barrel Aged Whisky” (Yusa Distillery)

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A collaboration whisky between Yusa Distillery and Asahimachi Wine Co.

The single malt Japanese whisky “YUZA Asahimachi Wine Barrel Aged Whisky” will be released in a limited quantity of 5,000 180ml bottles. The release date is August 2.

The project was made possible by Yamagata Sake Wholesaler Co.


The official website of the Yusa Distillery states

“This product will be sold only in Yamagata Prefecture. Please understand.”

but it seems that the product is sold at liquor stores in Yamagata Prefecture on Rakuten Ichiba and other online retailers.

1. How to purchase

In this store Sales will begin at 9:00 a.m. on August 2. The price is limited to 1 bottle per person. Limit one per person.

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2. Single Malt Japanese Whisky “YUZA Asahimachi Wine Barrel Aged Whisky”

YUZA Asahimachi Wine Barrel Aged Whisky is a unique “Yamagata” product created through a collaboration of Yamagata Prefecture’s sake makers, in which YUZA distillery’s own original sake is aged for more than three years in red wine barrels used by Asahimachi Wine. The result is a deep flavor with the sweetness of malt blended with the gorgeous flavor of wine.
Reference: Collaboration Project Product Information|Yusa Distillery

Product name

YUZA Asahimachi wine barrel-aged whisky
Sake type Single malt Japanese whisky
Ingredients Malt
Barrel type Red wine casks
Number of bottles Limited to 5,000 bottles
Strength 48% (48%)
Price Suggested retail price: 2,970 yen (tax included)
Manufactured at

Yusa Distillery

Producer Kinryu Co.

3. About Yusa Distillery

Kinryu Co., Ltd. opened its third whisky distillery in the Tohoku region in Yusa-machi, Yamagata Prefecture in 2018.

Yusa-cho is blessed with fresh and clean air and water from Mt. Chokai, which has been selected as one of the “100 best water villages” in Japan, and is suitable for producing the highest quality whisky.

The pot stills used are made by Forsyth, there are five fermentation tanks, and Canadian bay pine is used. The process and aging methods are also based on the Scottish method, with young whisky not being casked and only whisky that has been fully matured to the point of satisfaction being bottled. Focusing only on single malt whisky The distillery is a small distillery where mass production is not possible. Because we are a small distillery that cannot mass produce, we go to great lengths in every detail to produce the highest quality whisky with the utmost attention to detail.


Yusa Distillery Whisky
The “TLAS” concept

The whisky produced at the Yusa Distillery is
The concept of the Yusa distillery is “TLAS”, which stands for the initials of the above.

Yusa Distillery is a very small distillery for a whisky distillery, with a site area of approximately 4,550 square meters and a distillery area of approximately 620 square meters. The exterior of the distillery may look small and cute, but the whisky produced here is authentic and of the highest quality. It is a one-of-a-kind Japanese whisky produced using traditional methods, but with the Japanese spirit of “monozukuri” (craftsmanship).

Quote from Yusa’s official website

4. Yusa Distillery’s Whiskies 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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