Japanese craft whiskey Ichiro's Malt to build distillery in Hokkaido
Producer Venture Whisky to acquire 6.6 hectares of land for the plant
Ichiro's Malt & Grain whisky, made by Venture Whisky, won the World's Best Blended Limited Release award in the World Whiskies Awards 2023, a competition held by Whisky Magazine, a British specialty publication. (Photo courtesy of Venture Whisky)
SAITAMA, Japan -- Venture Whisky, the craft distiller known for its award-winning Ichiro's Malt whisky, will build a distillery in Hokkaido in northern Japan and start making grain whisky there as early as the spring of 2025, the company said.
Founded in 2004, Venture Whisky has spearheaded a craft-whisky boom in Japan and has mentored other distillers in whisky making.