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Japan Distillery Drinking up Plaudits as Its Craft Whisky Proves a Hit

Venture Whisky Ltd. makes unblended malt whisky at the Chichibu distillery in Saitama Prefecture, north of Tokyo, on Jan. 18, 2021. (Kyodo)

SAITAMA (Kyodo) — Riding the craft whisky boom at home and abroad, a small distillery north of Tokyo is boosting production to meet the growing demand for its world-renowned and award-winning “Ichiro’s Malt” product.

Venture Whisky Ltd. in Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture, has established itself as a pioneer in the more recent Japanese craft whisky industry, which actually has roots in commercial production dating back nearly a century.

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