Located in Japan’s northern most island of Hokkaido and further east than any other distillery in the country, production at Akkeshi Distillery started in 2016. The town of Akkeshi has a cool, moist climate with frequent rolling sea fog that blankets the town coming off the marshes of the Bekan-Beushi wetlands. Fog and marshes like these are indispensable to the production of whisky with similar characteristics to Islay malts. Operating in this bountiful natural environment, Akkeshi Distillery will be a sustainable enterprise in harmony with nature.
The goal of Akkeshi Distillery is to blend traditional Scottish methods with the unique flavors of Akkeshi, Japan. With extremely unique aromas and flavors unlike anything else these whiskies will be a delight to aficionados worldwide. Akkeshi Distillery is the true embodiment of craftsmanship and is on track to be a leader in the highest quality Japanese whisky world.
Translating to “white crane” in Ainu, Akkeshi Sarorunkamuy Lightly Peated Single Malt Japanese Whisky is the first official single malt release from Akkeshi Distillery, located in a National Park on the northern Hokkaido Island of Japan. Aged in Mizunara, bourbon, sherry, and red wine casks, this expression took home a Double Gold from 2020’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition in the “Other Single Malt” category. Aged a minimum of 3 years and exhibiting notes of strawberry, chocolate, yuzu, cherries, & vanilla, it’s a true delight to taste the single malt evolution of Akkeshi’s previous “New Born” releases. 48% ABV.