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Japanese whisky maker Komasa Kanosuke Distillery announces investment by Diageo through Distill Ventures – Japanese Whisky News

Japanese whisky maker Komasa Kanosuke Distillery announces investment by Diageo through Distill Ventures

8 September 2021, (Kagoshima, Japan) – Komasa Kanosuke Distillery, a producer of ultra-premium single-malt whiskies based in Kagoshima, Japan, today announces that Diageo has made a minority investment in the company, through Distill Ventures, the independently operated and Diageo- backed drinks accelerator. The investment will support the next stage of the company’s growth by enabling increased production of whisky, the development of new products, and the expansion of its international sales and marketing teams.

Established in 2017 by Komasa Jyozo, a 138-year-old producer of shochu, a Japanese white spirit, Komasa Kanosuke Distillery launched its first single malt whisky in June this year. The release of this three-year old whisky will be followed by further limited cask-strength releases before the expected launch of its flagship single malt brand in 2022. The distillery has already won awards from the World Whisky Awards (Best Japanese New Make in 2019 and 2020) and the Tokyo Whisky & Spirits Competition (2019 and 2021).

Kanosuke Distillery single malt whisky is distilled, matured and bottled in Kyushu, the most southerly of Japan’s four main islands. The Komasa family were pioneers in barrel-ageing shochus and bring this expertise in maturation to the production of Kanosuke Distillery’s whiskies. Situated on Japan’s longest sand beach, the distillery features a stunning tasting room called The Mellow Bar, orientated to allow visitors to appreciate the sun setting into the East China Sea as they enjoy the distillery’s whiskies.

Yoshitsugu Komasa, founder and CEO of Kanosuke Distillery said: “We are proud of our accomplishments to date, including the barrel-ageing and other production techniques developed during Komasa Jyozo’s long history of shochu production and the awards we have won in both domestic and international competitions. Now, with the strong and strategic support from global alcoholic beverages leader Diageo and Distill Ventures through this partnership, we are very happy that we will be able to pursue growing our business further and provide more whisky drinkers in Japan and worldwide with Japanese craft whiskies from Kanosuke Distillery.”

Frank Lampen, founder and CEO of Distill Ventures, said: “It’s a proud moment for us to have entered into this partnership with this exciting new distillery. Yoshitsugu Komasa and his team are producing wonderful whiskies in a stunning distillery with one of the most beautiful tasting rooms anywhere in the world, and we’re excited to assist him and the team in introducing Kanosuke Distillery to whisky drinkers around the world.”

Sam Fischer, Diageo’s President Asia Pacific and Global Travel said: “We are honoured that Kanosuke Distillery has joined the Distill Ventures portfolio. Diageo has long heritage and expertise in whisky with many of our brands reflecting the work of generations of the same family. We are excited to be supporting this high-quality brand in the fast-growing Japanese whisky category, with the next stage of its growth and development.”

As with all brands within the Distill Ventures portfolio, the founders, Komasa Jyozo Co., Ltd, will retain majority ownership and control of the Kanosuke Distillery and continue to be responsible for all production, marketing and sales. The investment agreement envisages a transition to a 50:50 joint-venture ownership structure with Diageo subject to future performance. Until that point, Kanosuke Distillery will benefit from the support and global expertise of Diageo and the Distill Ventures team, joining Denmark’s Stauning Whisky, Australia’s Starward Whisky and Oregon’s Westward American Single Malt Whiskey in Distill Ventures’ portfolio of outstanding new world whisky brands.

Komasa Kanosuke Distillery Co Ltd

Kanosuke Distillery was founded by Komasa Jyozo Co., Ltd in 2017. A corporate split in August 2021 separated the distillery and all whisky assets into the Komasa Kanosuke Distillery Co., Ltd, and Diageo have taken a minority interest in this new company. The distillery benefits from the 138 years of tradition of the parent company in distilling shochu from rice and sweet potatoes. It pioneered the barrel-ageing of shochus, with its Mellow Kozuru brand receiving numerous awards in Japan and internationally.

The distillery was built on land acquired by Kanosuke Komasa, the second President of Komasa Jyozo Co., Ltd. Yoshitsugu Komasa, the fourth president, developed the whisky project and built the distillery, with distillation commencing in 2017. It houses three pot stills with variations in neck shapes and lyne arms, allowing for the creation of different flavours in the distillation process. The custom-designed bottle mirrors the shape of the principal spirit still.

All production at Kanosuke Distillery is of single malt whisky using non-peated and peated malted barley imported from the UK. Maturation includes the use of barrels previously used to age the parent company’s Mellow Kozuru rice shochu, alongside ex-bourbon barrels and a range of different wine barrels. The whisky benefits from the warm climate to develop great character in a short space of time, and the range of flavours from distillation and maturation enable Kanosuke to create rich, drinkable whiskies true to its philosophy of “Mellow Land, Mellow Whisky.” For more information:

Distill Ventures

Established in 2013, Distill Ventures is the drinks industry’s first accelerator for new and growing brands. Its aim is to support entrepreneurs to develop, scale and sell the drinks brands of the future. Through a combination of cash investment, mentoring support, and access to a network of experts, Distill Ventures works with founders to help brands go further, faster. Distill Ventures operates across many drinks categories and invests at all stages, from pre-launch (or “seed” businesses) through to those requiring significant expansion capital. It is operated independently and has a partnership with Diageo, who provide the investment funding, as well as access to their global network of experts.

To date, Distill Ventures has invested more than $100 million in 15+ drinks brands including: Seedlip, the world’s first non-alcoholic distilled spirits brand; Denmark’s Stauning, one of Europe’s standout new whiskies; Starward, a distinctive Australian whisky, exclusively matured in Australian wine barrels; and Westward Whiskey, a pioneer in American Single Malt. Further information on Distill Ventures and details on how acceleration works for drinks brands is available at


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Diageo is a global company whose products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the London Stock Exchange (DGE) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEO). For more information about Diageo, our people, our brands, and performance, visit us at Visit Diageo’s global responsible drinking resource,, for information, initiatives and ways to share best practice.

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Buffalo Trace Distillery Warns Fans Of Potential Online Scams

Buffalo Trace Distillery Warns Fans

Of Potential Online Scams

 Online Sites Taking Money, No Bourbon in Return

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (Sept. 16, 2021) Buffalo Trace Distillery is warning fans of an increasing number of consumer frauds that are making their way across social media and the internet.

Several disappointed fans have contacted the Distillery letting them know they ordered some of Buffalo Trace’s premium whiskies online from various sites, were charged for the transaction, and then received nothing, or in some cases empty bourbon bottles, many of which were counterfeit and included plastic toppers on the bottle instead of the metal toppers used on legitimate bottles.  Although various brands from Buffalo Trace’s portfolio have been targeted, its Blanton’s and Double Eagle Very Rare Bourbons are being attacked particularly hard by these scam artists.

Many fans see ads on social media promising them Buffalo Trace Distillery whiskeys at low prices, but are disappointed when nothing arrives, or the bottles are empty and not legitimate. “We’ve had fans from across the U.S. contact us to tell us they’ve been duped.  We’ve taken legal action to have the sites shut down and also sent notices to the social media companies asking them to take action, but unfortunately the situation persists,” said Mary Tortorice, general counsel, Sazerac Company.  “In all but six states plus the district of Columbia, it is illegal to ship alcohol directly to consumers,” continued Tortorice.  “One of the tip offs is if the website will process your order with shipment to your state, if you are located in one of the 44 states where shipping alcohol directly to your home is illegal.  Another red flag is if the website is located in another country, as the majority of the scams we have seen have been located overseas.”  Tortorice also warns of prices that seem too low, the old adage of “if it looks too good to be true, it probably is,” applies here.  The sale of counterfeit alcohol, which claims the lives of thousands of people a year, has long been a global problem and is now becoming a problem in the United States as the market deregulates the sale of alcoholic beverages.

Fans are advised Buffalo Trace Distillery does not sell its whiskies online, and to check out any site very carefully for its legitimacy if it is legal to receive distilled spirits in your state.  If you feel you have been duped, you can report the site to the Better Business Bureau, your State Attorneys General office and contact your credit card company about its fraud protection policies.

About Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich tradition dates back to 1775 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee.  Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a National Historic Landmark as well as is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won 35 distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Its Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain Bourbon was named World Whiskey of the Year for 2018 and its William Larue Weller and Thomas H. Handy Sazerac were named 2nd and 3rd finest whiskeys in the world for 2020.  Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 1,000 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit

Teaninich 1975 Aged 45 Years Coming Soon to Bartels Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

We are very excited to announce that we will have a brand new bottling ready very soon.

It will also be our oldest bottling to date!

Keep you eyes open next week for an announcement.  There are only 35 bottles as the cask was found to be low fill.

Teaninich 1975 Aged 45 Years

Single Cask Bottling

Bourbon Hogshead

Cask Strength – 49.5%vol

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Loch Fyne Whiskies “Do you own these absolute classics from GlenDronach?” – Scotch Whisky News

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1995 Glenallachie 25 Year Old “Hart Brothers Finest Collection” K&L Exclusive Cask Strength Single Sherry Butt Speyside Single Malt ~ Scotch Whisky News

1995 Glenallachie 25 Year Old “Hart Brothers Finest Collection” K&L Exclusive Cask Strength Single Sherry Butt Speyside

Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml) (Pre-Arrival)

An incredible find by any measure, the GlenAllachie has recently become the darling of sherry loving scotch geeks worldwide. Why you ask could this random Speyside distillery go from completely unknown to widely sought-after? One name stands out, Billy Walker. We’re not so cynical (and certain he isn’t either) to believe that he’s the only reason we’re seeing great malt out of this distillery suddenly, but it’s his astute consideration and deft purchase of this special distillery, which has allowed it to flourish. Billy made waves more than two decades ago taking over the Glendronach and Benriach distilleries. He spent the subsequent decades refurbishing their images, not with sleek marketing campaigns, but by barreling and bottling exceptionally high-quality whisky and selling it to us at a fair price. Now he’s set his sights on this underappreciated Speyside gem and no one is surprised that he’s finding some exceptional juice in those warehouses. We’re grateful that our relationship with the exceptional Hart Bros has afforded us an opportunity to sell this exquisite cask of sherry matured GlenAllachie. While compared to many other heavily sherried old Speysiders, the distillery bottlings being released currently look rather affordable, this exceptional cask beats their prices by nearly half. We’re not sure how many more of these might be hiding in the Hart Bros warehouses, but we’ll buy every last one given the chance and all they sherry loving fiends should be too.

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GlenDronach with Rory Glasgow at The Whisky Shop #SFO – Scotch Whisky News

Saturday, September 25th


GlenDronach with Rory Glasgow

Established in 1826, Highland distillery GlenDronach was one of the very first licensed distilleries in Scotland. The award-winning GlenDronach range marries the best of Highland and Spanish skill and heritage to offer whiskies of elegant, complex character and tremendous depth of taste. Masters of Sherry Maturation, Glendronach scotches are recognized for their deep color and rich flavor profiles, ranging from sweet fruity Pedro Ximenez sourced single malts, to the dry and nutty Olorosso expressions.

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Suleni Pather, Malts Global Senior Brand Manager tells us about her role at Diageo – Scotch Whisky News

Suleni Pather, Malts Global Senior Brand Manager tells us about her role at Diageo.

Hear from Suleni as she discusses launching the new Talisker 43-Year-Old Xpedition Oak and The Singleton of Dufftown 54-Year-Old.

Suleni joined Diageo in 2016 as a Marketing Manager in South Africa, and today she is our Malts Global Senior Brand Manager, based in the UK. Her role involves launching new and exciting global innovations in the whisky category.

Tell us about your experience in your current role?

My experience in this role has been somewhat of a rollercoaster, in the best way. I’ve now spent more time working from home during this pandemic than I ever did at the office as I only moved to the UK 8 months before it all unraveled. It has been challenging working on multiple complex projects remotely, but I’m very fortunate to work with great colleagues and agencies who have made it easier to approach each day feeling motivated and excited about the work I do. Fortunately, Diageo has also provided a plethora of tools and support to ensure that I can perform at my best from wherever I am situated.

Tell us more about your current role as Malts Global Senior Brand Manager?

In my current role, I work across all of Diageo’s renowned single malts brands on various global innovation and renovation projects, predominantly in the luxury space. It is a very dynamic role as the luxury single malt scotch category continues to grow exponentially as does consumer demand for rare, high-aged, luxury whiskies.

My role is to lead a variety of projects that deliver on our long-term ambition of being the leading luxury spirits company in the world. I work across iconic brands that have been built over centuries and have rich legacies – Singleton, Talisker and Lagavulin to name a few. Excitingly, there are also the mysterious ones, some of which were new to me before taking on this role, that are steeped in intrigue and mysticism like the Pittyvaich ghost distillery or the celebrated Royal Lochnagar. No two days in this job are ever the same and that is the most fun part about it.

Talisker has recently announced the new 43-Year-Old Xpedition Oak: The Atlantic Challenge. What has it been like behind the scenes to get this to launch and into the hands of consumers?

I was lucky enough to have started on this project right from its inception as I was on the team that ideated this extraordinary whisky. Talisker 43-Year-Old Xpedition Oak: The Atlantic Challenge is a single malt scotch whisky that is the ultimate expression of Talisker. We set out to create a luxury whisky that epitomised the brands ruggedly elemental character and celebrated its rich heritage. As a whisky Made By The Sea, we knew we needed to add a nautical spirit of adventure and so we sent staves from casks across the ocean on a 3264 mile journey and then transported them back to Scotland where they were used in the whisky’s final finishing.

The work behind the scenes was a mammoth task ensuring that the precious cargo, the staves, made it across the Atlantic and back to Scotland safely. It took many different teams, agencies and one solo sailor to make it happen but when we finally launched in April, it was the proudest and most rewarding point in my Diageo career to date. This whisky is the culmination of creativity, innovation, adventure, luxury and heritage and I’m so lucky to have played my part in it.

The Singleton of Dufftown 54-Year-Old has also just been announced – tell us more about this release.

The Singleton of Dufftown 54-Year-Old is the second and final bottling in the Paragon of Time collection (the first was a 53-Year-Old released in 2019). This project was a true privilege to work on as it is the oldest single malt ever released from Diageo and The Singleton. Not only is it a prestigious release, only 235 bottles globally and a feather in the Diageo cap, it was an absolute honour to work alongside our esteemed whisky specialists in Scotland to understand the history of this last remaining cask from 1966 and bring the story to life for consumers. From a design point of view, the product itself is nothing short of spectacular – the whisky is in a Baccarat crystal decanter housed in a wooden leather-lined display cabinet, a masterpiece in craftsmanship with a fitting price tag of almost £30,000.

What are the most exciting and challenging aspects of launching innovation?

What I love most is that the calibre of projects I work on at a global level inspire me to want to be the best and deliver tangible results. For someone as results oriented as me, it has been an incredible opportunity. I get to work with the best, most experienced and intelligent minds on some of the most iconic whisky brands in the world. There are days that are challenging; working long hours across different time zones, back-to-back zoom calls and looming deadlines, pandemic notwithstanding. However, these pale in comparison to the overwhelming sense of accomplishment I feel in getting these beautiful luxurious products in the hands of consumers through impactful marketing campaigns and experiences.

How do innovations have a personal impact as well as affect business performance?

Working on luxury innovation projects has motivated me to continuously behave and think outside my comfort zone. Because the consumer landscape is so dynamic, it drives me to be adaptable, make bold choices, stay curious and always be well informed. My role requires high levels of accountability, an entrepreneurial mindset and great interpersonal skills with multiple global stakeholders, all of which have reinforced my leadership skills and experience.

From a business performance perspective, innovation is critical to driving growth and cementing Diageo’s position as an industry leader. To be the leaders in luxury is tantamount to continuing to deliver world class, highly desirable, buzzworthy innovation and I am extremely excited to be part of the team that delivers on that goal.

Book now to discover the Spirit of Scotland – Scotch Whisky News

Why not come and visit us in Edinburgh and join us on a journey of discovery, adventure and friendship as we stride into a bold future of whisky enjoyment any way you like it. Book your experience and be one of the first to visit Johnnie Walker Princes Street when we open on the 6th September.

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Scotch: from Scotland to the World – Scotch Whisky News

Our History

Our scotch is steeped in a rich history, from John Walker’s genius for blending whisky to Elizabeth Cummings’ determination to bring Cardhu single malt to the world. Today, we produce over 100 individual scotch brands with the same care, skill and entrepreneurial spirit as these giants of our industry.

Our leading brand is Johnnie Walker, the world’s best-selling scotch. We also produce other high-quality blended brands such as J&B and Bell’s, along with a range of single malts, including Lagavulin, Talisker, Mortlach and The Singleton.

Investing in our Scotch Distilleries

Since 2012 we have invested around £1bn expanding and enhancing our Scotch distilleries and facilities. We are also investing heavily in scotch tourism and have committed £150 million to upgrade 15 distillery visitor centres across Scotland and create a major new visitor experience in Edinburgh.

Scotch exports

  • Diageo is Scotland’s largest exporter of Scotch whisky and other spirits.
  • The Scotch Whisky industry contributed £5.5bn to the UK economy in 2018.*
  • The Scotch Whisky industry employs over 40,000 people across the UK.*
  • In 2018 Scotch Whisky was exported to around 180 countries.*

*SWA Scotch Whisky 2018 economic impact report

Read more about our ambition to become one of the most trusted and respected consumer products companies in the world by playing a positive role in society.

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