Whisky fans can finally make plans to hit whisky festivals in person. Get ready for these heavy-hitting festivals in the next few months.
Osaka Whisky History. 2nd October 2022 (Sunday). Held at Lucid Square Osaka near Umeda and Osaka stations. There will be more than 70 booths of distilleries, liquor stores and bars offering a selection of new and hard-to-find classic whiskies.
Japanese Whisky Fes in Tokyo. 17th to 18th December 2022 (Saturday and Sunday). This will be held at Bellesalle Kudanshita, the same location as the Tokyo Whisky Festival from 2017 to 2019. As the festival name indicates, all the exhibitors are Japanese whisky producers, so no scotch, bourbon or any other world whiskies. In addition to the beverage behemoths, Suntory and Nikka, and the more recently established Chichibu, Mars and Kanosuke, expect a brand-new wave of distilleries to bring their spirits, including Kuju, Osuzuyama and Komoro. This event will be a terrific opportunity to taste a huge range of Japanese whisky and new-make.
Nagoya Whisky Lovers. 22nd January 2023 (Sunday). One of my three favorite whisky festivals in Japan, along with Chichibu and Fukuoka, Nagoya Whisky Lovers is known for its smorgasbord of classic whiskies offered by bar managers from all over Japan.
Chichibu Whisky Matsuri. 19th February 2023 (Sunday). [Date to be confirmed.] Whisky paradise, according to many! A vast number of booths offer obscure and rare bottles from Japan, Scotland and the world. The festival is set in the town, officially over three buildings and a Shinto shrine, but lots of stores open their doors to whisky maniacs. The highlight for many is the tombola, when you have a chance of winning the right to buy a single cask Chichibu. The last in-person Matsuri was held in February 2020, with the 2021 and 2022 events held online, thanks to the huge efforts of all the staff. Fingers crossed we’ll all be back in the town of Chichibu in February 2023.
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