Nikka’s castle-esque Hokkaido distillery offers the perfect winter warmers to get your blood flowing after a snowy day on the island’s western coast. Its locale and climate were chosen by Nikka’s founder for their similarity to Scotland–including fresh ocean air, whose presence gives the distillery’s whiskies a crisp salt-water finish. But it takes more than good ingredients to make good whiskey. Yoichi Distillery’s tour allows you to observe its unique coal-fired distillation process, a bit of a unicorn in modern-day production due to the difficulty it presents to its workers. Guided tours are in Japanese, but English-speaking visitors can get by with video displays spread throughout the factory explaining each step of manufacturing. As with any good tour, all of your studying is rewarded by a smoky sample at the finish line.
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