My recent foray into listing some Japanese whisky distillers was facilitated greatly by Chris Bunting’s Nonjatta Blog. Just click “Japan” in the category cloud to see what listings we have for Japanese whisky. The magic of the web is that I can point to the good work he’s done, as he should feel able to do the same with any content I produce.
For each distillery, the name in the first line of my very brief summary is a link to that distillery’s page on the Nonjatta blog. Chris has compiled much more information than I care to do. What I was looking for was simply the names and postal addresses of each distillery. I feel like this is the bare minimum information I can cite for any distillery, since it is enough to locate them on the map, in the event that you would like to visit.
Again, the idea is that the Whisky2.0 community will add comments so we can build up a database of each distillery’s expressions. In the end, I stopped with just (what I think are) the market-leading in-production distilleries in Japan. If I’m wrong, please tell me…it’s easy to fix. And I have no objection with listing defunct or non-producing distilleries, but someone else will have to do the digging.
One thing I will say is that I found it difficult to get precise Japanese postal addresses. In some cases, even though Chris had what looked like an address but may have had the postal code wrong (it’s wrong if it’s not 7 digits, like xxx-yyyy) or something else that made me question it. I dug around for more authoritative sources, like the companies themselves if I could find English-language web sites. I also did dozens of Google Maps lookups trying to find a string that would resonate with reality. Ideally, I wanted to be able to type in the address and have it resolve to something that looked like a distillery. I had many opportunities to enjoy Google’s attempts to translate Japanese to English. 🙂
What I ended up with might have been inspired by Nonjatta, but you’ll notice that in no case did I just copy from Chris. Based on my research, I don’t think any of his postal addresses are correct, but he provided enough context that I was able to dig in the right places to get the correct address (or a close approximation thereof), and without context I got from Nonjatta I would never have made any progress at all.