Post by Stefan of Tokyo Whisky Hub.
Kyushu - the most southwesterly of Japan's four main islands - is not generally mentioned in the same breath as "whisky". Part of that has to do with the fact that the island's association with "shochu" - Kyushu's quintessential drink - is so strong. Part of it is... well, plain ignorance, and we here at Nonjatta would have been the first to have plead guilty as charged. But not anymore. We spent the last few days of 2012 in Kyushu and discovered a whisky culture so incredibly vibrant it left us in a state of constant embarrassment. How could we not have known about this? And how much did we miss all this time by not looking further than our own backyard? Over the next few weeks, we'll fill you in on what and who is driving this whisky renaissance in Kyushu.