Post by Stefan Van Eycken, Tokyo
Photography © by Niko Neefs
Nine Leaves Distillery is the first rum distillery on the main island of Japan, making it the most northerly located rum distillery in the country. Most rum, and its cousin ‘kokuto shochu’, is produced in the southern islands of Japan. It just makes sense because that’s where the raw materials can be found aplenty. Sure, rum is produced in Tokyo but that’s on the Ogasawara islands, technically part of Tokyo but located 1,000 kilometres south of the metropolis. Also, some of our readers may have come across something called ‘Yokosuka Rum’, but that’s not actually made in Yokosuka but in Kochi prefecture in Shikoku.