Post by Stefan of Tokyo Whisky Hub.
For Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) members in Japan, the end of November will be really special, and for those who aren’t a member, now’s the time to dig into your pockets and become part of what really is a must-join club for the serious whisky enthusiast. On November 22nd, a commemorative event will be held to mark the launch of three new Nikka single casks as Society bottlings. These are the first Japanese bottlings for almost 3 years, so there’s ample reason to celebrate. There will be two Yoichi single casks - one from 1987, the other from 1994 – and one Miyagikyo single cask from 1999. The 1987 Yoichi is drawn from a first-fill sherry cask; the others from refill sherry casks. They will be offered for purchase to Society members during November, but probably earlier and separate to the regular launch on the 25th. (Delivery will be at the end of the month, however.) Members in other countries can try and purchase them from their chapter in due course, probably with varying degrees of success depending on allocation and competition from fellow-members.
This promises to be one of the highlights of the whisky year here in Japan. Needless to say, yours truly will be there and we’ll report as soon as we’re back with our feet on the ground after the event. Watch this space.