Over the past decade there has been an explosion in the number of distilleries around the world. Building a modern distillery from scratch, rather than on years of tradition, is a daunting prospect, and only a handful of producers have achieved worldwide recognition. We are very pleased to announce that we will be joined by two of the most successful – Kilchoman's Anthony Wills and Chichibu's Ichiro Akuto.

While their distilleries seem at first to be very different – with Kilchoman sitting on the Rhinns of Islay off the west coast of Scotland and Chichibu perched in the hills of Saitama Prefecture in central Japan – they appeared on the scene at the same time and have been confronted by many of the same problems during the development. While the result of their hard work over the past decade is the excellent range of whiskies that we are now able to try, it has been a difficult path to follow.

In this masterclass, hosted by whisky author Charles MacLean, Anthony and Ichiro will tell us about the successes and challenges that they've had in setting up their distilleries and will give us the chance to taste the whiskies that their extensive efforts have made possible.

This is an incredible opportunity to try some rarely seen drams and hear from two of the most respected pioneers of modern whisky.

The Whiskies

  • Kilchoman 2007 Port Ellen Malt Cask Sample

    Kilchoman 2007 Port Ellen Malt Cask Sample

  • Kilchoman 2007 100% Islay Cask Sample

    Kilchoman 2007 100% Islay Cask Sample

  • Kilchoman mystery bottle

    Kilchoman mystery bottle

  • Chichibu Non-Peated Cask Sample

    Chichibu Non-Peated Cask Sample

  • Chichibu Peated Cask Sample

    Chichibu Peated Cask Sample

  • Chichibu Non-Peated Mizunara Cask Sample

    Chichibu Non-Peated Mizunara Cask Sample

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