Plans to protect the reputation of Japanese whisky have been unveiled, but do they go far enough? Shay Waterworth looks at the implications.

The Japan Spirits and Liqueurs Makers Association has announced a new set of rules and regulations for the production of Japanese whisky.

Marussia Beverages has bolstered its spirits portfolio by taking on two Japanese whiskies from Hatozaki.

Tennis superstar Naomi Osaka has been appointed as creative director for SOTO after investing in the premium sake brand.

English sparkling wine producer Black Chalk has announced plans to set up an office in Tokyo as it bids to crack the Japanese market.

Number One Drinks Company has bottled a limited edition 1964 Japanese whisky exclusively for Poland.

Craft Japanese whisky launched

30 September, 2011

The first whisky from Japanese craft distillery Chichibu has been launched. Chichibu The First is three years old, 61.8% abv and limited to 7,400 bottles. The whisky is not chill-filtered.

Indian distributor Radico Khaitan is to launch Japanese whiskies the Yamazaki 12 year old and Hibiki 17 year old in India.

Estonian alcohol producer AS Liviko has acquired 50% of a Japanese alcohol import and distribution company.

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