SAKURAO DISTILLERY TO RELEASE BLENDED WHISKIES FULLY COMPLIANT OF NEW REGULATIONS
By Susan Lewis
Source: Sakurao Brewery & Distillery
Japan’s Sakurao Brewery & Distillery announced that they will release their inaugural blended whisky labels from 1 September.
These four labels are made in full compliance with the new Japanese whisky regulations issued by the Japan Sprits & Liqueurs Makers Association (JSLMA) in 2021.
The line-up includes the “Blended Japanese Whisky Togouchi Premium” as the basic label. The remaining three labels are part of the cash finish series namely the “Sake Cask Finish”, the “Beer Cask Finish” and the “Peated Cask Finish”.
To be in accordance with JSLMA’s new regulations, the whisky used in the blend has to be distilled and aged in Japan.
Sakurao’s President and CEO Koichiro Shirai said the malt whisky and grain whisky used in the “Blended Japanese Whisky Togouchi” labels are all distilled and aged by Sakurao Distillery.
He also said they carefully select and blend the whisky to make the labels worthy of the “Japanese whisky” brand, displaying the unique characteristics of this category.
Sakurao Distillery was established in 2017 in Hiroshima when malt whiskies were distilled, they started to distill grain whiskies as well in 2019.
The “Blended Japanese Whisky Togouchi” series will be their inaugural release, with the whiskies in the blend having met the maturation requirements set in JSLMA’s new regulations.
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