YOIYO 9th and 10th release! Lotte×Akkeshi Distillery Whisky Taisetsu

New Release
New Release
Akkeshi Distillery

The 9th “YOIYO” series “YOIYO <Akkeshi Distillery> Whisky Taisetsu” and the10th “YOIYO Terrine <Akkeshi Distillery> Whisky Taisetsu” have been released from the [Japanese craft sake chocolate] sold by Lotte.

This is the third collaboration between Lotte and Akkeshi Distillery, who also collaborated on YOIYO No. 3 “Boshu” and YOIYO No. 4 “Ritto” in 2021.

The YOIYO series has collaborated with Mars Shinshu Distillery, Gaiaflow Shizuoka Distillery, Mars Tsunuki Distillery, and Sakurao Distillery before, but this is the first collaboration between YOIYO terrine and whisky in this tenth release. Since whisky is moistly kneaded into the terrine, it is as if the chocolate and whisky start singing together the moment you put it in your mouth. The presence that does not lose out to the heaviness of the chocolate terrine can only be found in the Akkeshi whisky.

There is a YOIYO present campaign again this time, and it seems that “Akkeshi Whisky Taisetsu” will be awarded to three people. Please check the following “4. ~Good night with YOIYO~ Akkeshi Whisky [Taisetsu] Present Campaign” as there are target products and application conditions.


1.What is “YOIYO”?

Get drunk on Japan, Chocolate.


There is a Japan you have not yet discovered.
It is the taste of pure water, local ingredients, and traditional techniques.
We have packed carefully crafted sake into a single piece.
Enjoy it at dusk or after dinner as if you were going on a trip.
This is a chocolate for adults.
Have a good night, feeling a little tipsy.

Quoted from Lotte’s official website

“YOIYO” is a so-called [Japanese craft sake chocolate] or “whisky bonbon” sold by Lotte Co. The wonderful taste of Japanese whisky and the passion of the whisky maker and the chocolate maker are packed into a single piece of chocolate.

The package design of each product has a fashionable design printed with the regional scenery of each distillery and distillation equipment.

Since the release of the first “YOIYO <Mars Shinshu Distillery> Komagatake”, it has been a hot topic among whisky fans.

This time, we will introduce the 9th release “YOIYO <Akkeshi Distillery> Whisky Taisetsu” and the 10th release “YOIYO Terrine <Akkeshi Distillery> Whisky Taisetsu”.

2. 9th YOIYO <Akkeshi Distillery> Whiskey Taisetsu

Product name

YOIYO <Akkeshi Distillery> Whisky Taisetsu

Release dateDecember 13, 2022
Sales price

Set of 10 (in a box): 7,020 yen including tax (shipping included)

Set of 4 (in a box): 3,132 yen including tax (shipping included)

Where to buy

Set of 10 x 10 pieces

Set of 4 x 10 pieces

3. 10th YOIYO Terrine <Akkeshi Distillery> Whisky Taisetsu

Its chocolate terrine sings with whisky.

YOIYO, the moment you bite into a piece of chocolate.
First you feel the liquor, and later the chocolate mixes with it to form a harmony.
In contrast, the terrine is moist and kneaded with whisky.
The chocolate and whisky sing together from the start.
The presence of the terrine is as strong as that of the chocolate terrine.
The presence of the whisky that does not lose out to the heaviness of the chocolate terrine can only be achieved by the strong individuality of Akkeshi whisky.
A rich marriage, different from the usual YOIYO, was completed.

Reference: YOIYO/Japanese craft sake chocolate

Product name

YOIYO Terrine <Akkeshi Distillery> Whisky Taisetsu

Release dateDecember 13, 2022
Retail price

3,980 yen including tax (cool delivery fee will be charged separately)

Purchase site

Pre-order sales only

4.~Good night with YOIYO~ Akkeshi Whisky [Taisetsu] Present Campaign


Akkeshi Whisky Taisetsu is 3 winners by lottery You can apply for one entry.

[Application Period] Tuesday, December 13, 2022 – Tuesday, February 28, 2023

(Prizes will be shipped in late March 2023)

[The three requirements are as follows]

(1) Purchase the following eligible products at the Lotte Online Shop.

Purchases made outside of the Lotte Online Shop are not eligible.

1.YOIYO <Akkeshi Distillery> Whisky Taisetsu 4 piece set
2.YOIYO <Akkeshi Distillery> Whisky Taisetsu 10 pieces set
3.YOIYO Tsunuki + Akkeshi Tasting Set 10 pieces set.
4.YOIYO Sakurao + Akkeshi Tasting Set 10 pieces set.

[Click here to purchase]

(2)Register as a member of LOTTE Membership

You can get a 500 yen coupon for registering as a new member.

(3) Lotte Online Shop Mail Magazine Registration

One entry for one 10-piece set, or two 4-piece sets. You can apply for one unit. Each person may apply for as many units as they wish.

Click here to visit the special campaign website.

5. Review of target products

5-1. YOIYO <Akkshi Distillery> Whisky Taisetsu

We aimed to create a
A whisky with a slightly chipped flavor.

According to blender Mr. Tatsuzaki, the important thing is to make the flavor lacking.
Because a whisky that tastes too good at the first sip is not a good whisky.
The distillery’s goal is to make a whisky that is somewhat smooth.
The distillery’s goal is to create a whisky that is somehow interesting, but not boring.
The first step is to create the most balanced state.
From there, they distort it a little, or shave it down a little.
The Akkeshi style is to evolve the whisky into a whisky that has a certain hook to it.

Quote from Lotte’s official website

6. Products of Akkeshi Distillery

For more information about the products of the Akkeshi distillery, please click here.





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".

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