[JAL international flight passengers only] “THE STORY OF KANOSUKE

New Release
New Release
Kanosuke Distillery

JAL Limited Edition of “THE STORY OF KANOSUKE” from the Kanosuke Distillery will be sold on JAL international flights through the JAL international in-flight sales “advance reservation service” and lottery sales for JAL Mileage Bank (JMB) members in the Japan region.。




JAL sympathizes with the origins of the Kanosuke Distillery and the passion that goes into the creation of its unique whiskey, and with the desire to bridge the gap between Kagoshima and the world, JAL is proud to present two new products: Mellow Codzuru Excellence, the rice shochu that Mr. Kanosuke II challenged the world with, and the five-year-old Single Malt The set includes two bottles of Kanosuke THE STORY OF KANOSUKE(*) and a tasting glass as “THE STORY OF KANOSUKE” JAL Limited Edition.

(*) Aged for more than five years in American white oak litchi casks where “Mellow Cranes” was stored, and bottled directly from a single cask, this is the one and only rare whiskey that concentrates the characteristics of “Kanosuke Whiskey”.

Tasting Notes

The color of the whiskey is a reddish amber like the sunset from “THE MELLOW BAR” on the grounds of the Kanosuke Distillery. When poured into a glass, sweet aromas of apple, cinnamon, vanilla, and caramel, just like baked sweets, rise up. In the mouth, sweetness reminiscent of milk chocolate and the oaky flavor of litchi casks swell, and a faint aromatic flavor of hojicha tea wafts over the palate. The bitter citrus notes are followed by a long, sweet finish with the freshness of green apples.

Reference: Japan Airlines Co.

Set includes
Single Malt Kanosuke THE STORY OF KANOSUKE 700ml
180ml of rice shochu “Mellow Codzuru Excellence
Tasting glass, cotton bag, booklet, special box
Whisky type Single Malt Japanese Whiskey
cask-type Single Cask of Shochu Richer Cask
alcohol content  unknown
Price 54,000円(Tax included)
manufactory KANOSUKE Distillery
manufacturer Komasa KANOSUKE Distilery Co.

2.About Kanosuke Distillery

Location 845-3, Gannokawa, Hiyoshi-cho, Hioki-shi, Kagoshima 899-2421, Japan
Start Operations 2017

The Kanosuke Distillery stands on a site of about 9,000 m2 along Fukiage beach on the west coast of Kagoshima Prefecture.
The U-shaped, two-story main building houses distilling facilities, a bar with a great view, and a store selling original goods.

The main feature of the distillery is that it is equipped with three pot stills (large, medium, and small). Each has a capacity of 6,000 liters, 3,000 liters, and 1,600 liters, respectively.
Craft distilleries (small distilleries) around the world generally have two stills. Whiskey is usually distilled twice, and by using pot stills with different shapes of necks and angles of line arms at the top during the second distillation (redistillation), the aroma and flavor of the original whiskey can be changed more richly.

Fukiage beach, where the distillery is located, is one of the “Three Great Sand Dunes of Japan” and has been selected as one of the “100 Best Sandy Beaches in Japan. The beach stretches about 47 km from north to south, and strong winds blow in from the sea surface, shrouding the area around the distillery in a white mist of fine droplets from the sea. It is hot in the summer and cold in the winter, with temperatures near zero degrees Celsius, and snow flurries are not uncommon.

3.How To Buy

1) JAL International Inflight Sales “Advance Reservation Service
Target customers: JMB Diamond and JGC Premier members
Eligible flights: Flights departing from Japan between April 1 and May 31, 2024
Reservations: Reservations can be made through JAL International Inflight Sales “Advance Reservation Service”. How to use: https://www.jal.co.jp/jp/ja/inter/service/jalshop/jizen/
Purchase method: A cabin attendant will provide you with an information sheet on how to purchase tickets on board your flight.
Please note: After boarding the flight and completing the payment on the special page, we will deliver to the address you specified.

The delivery address must be within Japan only.

Products cannot be picked up onboard the aircraft.

(2) Lottery sales
JAL Mileage Bank (JMB) Japan members who have boarded JAL international and domestic flights(*) in the past 6 years from April 1, 2018 to May 31, 2024.
 Excluding JAL code-share flights operated by other airlines.

Application period: March 25 – May 31, 2024 Please apply from the following website.


4. other whiskies from the Kanosuke distillery

4₋1. single malt Kanosuke

[Review] Single Malt Kanosuke
Non-peat malt is used, with multiple barrels of vatting, with the key ingredient being the original wine aged in America...


[Review] Kanosuke HIOKI POT STIL...
KANOSUKE HIOKI POT STILL", the second standard product after "Single Malt KANOSUKE", has been released. I...
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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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