Updates from Japanese distilleries: 16th March, 2011.

Suntory: (15.3.2011)

Yamazaki Distillery

Hakushu Distillery

Awaiting response from PR department.


Nikka: (15.3.2011)

Due to ongoing transport problems and power cuts, Nikka have not yet been able to carry out a comprehensive assessment at the Miyagikyo Distillery. Initial reports suggest that there has been no major damage however and they have confirmed that distillery staff and their families are unharmed.

The Yoichi Distillery has been unaffected.


Venture Whisky: (15.3.2011)

Ichiro Akuto says

“The Chichibu Distillery staff and their families are all okay. There has been no damage at the distillery to either cask stocks or distilling equipment and just some minor damage to bottled stock. We appreciate the concern from overseas.”


Mercian: (16.3.2011)

Karuizawa Distillery

The Karuizawa Distillery was not damaged by the earthquake and the site has been operating (not distilling) since March 14th.


Kirin: (15.3.2011)

Fuji-Gotemba Distillery

Awaiting response from PR department.


Hombo Shuzo (16.3.2011)

Mars Distillery.

There have been many aftershocks in the Nagano area but so far the distillery, located in the Shinshu area, and the staff and their families, are all okay. After a break of 20 years, they are planning to produce whisky continuously from March 15th through to April 20th. They are grateful for everybody’s concern and interest.



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2 responses to “Updates from Japanese distilleries: 16th March, 2011.

  1. We put up a review of the Suntory Yamazaki the other day on the blog and it was fantastic. But to visit the distillery would be amazing, I hope they are all ok and no one was hurt, they are fairly inland.

    My thoughts and wishes are with the Japanesse. I think everyones are.

  2. The team at Jim Murrays Whisky Bible are relieved to announce that we understand that are our friends at the Miyagikyo Distillery Sendai have escaped unharmed from last weeks Japanese earthquake and tsunami… In the immediate news blackout in the area following the devastating events it had been feared that the distillery which sits close to the epicentre – may have been damaged either by the 8.9 tremor or the subsequent flooding… However we have heard via our contacts in Japan that the distillery escaped relatively unscathed with no loss of life…

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