Togouchi whisky to be Relaunched Four Blended Japanese Whisky Products

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Sakurao Distillery

The Togouchi series of blended whiskies has been redesigned to conform to the definition of “Japanese whisky” established by the Japan Western whisky Brewers Association. Features, price, and how to purchase.


1. Manufacturer

Sakurao Brewery and Distillery Co.

Established 1918
Head office location 1-12-1 Sakurao, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima 738-8602, Japan
Owned Distillery Sakurao Distillery

2. distillery


Address 1-12-1, Sakurao 1-chome, Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima 738-8602, Japan
Start of operation January 2018

SAKURAO BREWERY AND DISTILLERY Co. in Hiroshima Prefecture is a long-established brewery established in 1918.
In fact, it has a deep history in whisky making, having produced and sold malt whisky from 1938 to 1989. At that time, the distilled spirit was stored in a warehouse in Togouchi that utilized a JR West Japan railroad exploratory tunnel.
In 2008, the company began selling Togouchi whisky, a blend of the original whisky stored in the Togouchi storage facility and imported original whisky. (90% of the product is exported to Europe.)

In December 2017, as a 100th anniversary project, new equipment was installed to produce high quality single malt whisky and a craft distillery “SAKURAO DISTILLERY” from Hiroshima was built. distillation started in January 2018.

December 2017

Completed construction of SAKURAO DISTILLERY.
2019 SAKURAO DISTILLERY second phase construction (introduction of grain whisky distillation equipment and new whisky storage facility)
March 2021 Company name changed to SAKURAO BREWERY AND DISTILLERY Co.
Image Exhibit: SAKURAO DISTILLERY|Hiroshima’s Craft Distillery for the World

3. changes

 “Blended whisky Togouchi” that has been sold until now is a blend of the original whisky that was produced until 1989 and stored at Togouchi and the imported original whisky. The Togouchi series is now being used.

The renewed Togouchi series is blended and bottled only with malt and grain whisky distilled and stored at SAKURAO DISTILLERY, and thus conforms to the above standards and can be called “Japanese whisky” in both name and reality. Japanese Whisky” in both name and reality.

If you want to know more about the voluntary standards for Japanese whisky, please refer to this page.

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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