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Chugoku Jozo

Chugoku Jozo age much of its Togouchi whisky in an old abandoned railroad tunnel below the streets of Hiroshima.

That got your attention, didn’t it?

This particular story begins in 1970, when the JR Japanese railway company drilled a 361-meter long tunnel to extend a line, in a project that ultimately proved to be in vain. The tunnel was left unused, practically useless (I know your pain, sweet tunnel). That is until Chugoku Jozo found an alternative purpose for it; assessing that it possessed the ideal conditions for ageing shochu and whisky. Now that’s recycling.

Such a specific process is necessary to individualise its Togouchi, because the malt and grain whiskies used in the composition actually come from Scotland and Canada. Ageing, blending and bottling are the processes carried out by the team of Chugoku Jozo. The result is whisky with character resembling Scottish and Canadian vintages, but with a uniquely Japanese blending process. The company tempers the unique aroma of peat from Scotch whisky by blending it with milder liquid for a finish to better suit Japanese taste. The whisky is then reduced to an ABV of 40% using pure spring water from the Sandankyo mountains. Togouchi may begin with Scottish and Canadian malts and grains, sure, but it is not without Japanese identity or heart.

As Chugoku Jozo President and CEO Koichiro Shirai tells us: “Alcohol is not merely a beverage. It enriches lives like a good friend, letting us kick back and relax. They are a culture in itself.” Since 1990, Chugoku Jozo has attempted to make its whisky part of the culture. Now it’s up to you to see how they’re doing.

Togouchi 18 Year Old (43.8%)

70cl, 43.8%

Chugoku Jozo's 18 year old whisky blended in Japan from Scottish malt and Canadian grain. Part of the Togouchi range, it's aged in a railway tunnel rather than a warehouse! This is the 43.8% abv…  More info

Togouchi 18 Year Old (43.8%)
$128.63

Togouchi Premium Blended Japanese Whisky

70cl, 40%

Togouchi is a blended Japanese whisky from the producers Chugoku Jozo, who mature their whisky in a tunnel rather than a warehouse. The name comes from where the tunnel is located, in the town of…  More info

Togouchi Premium Blended Japanese Whisky
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$45.89

Togouchi 9 Year Old

70cl, 40%

A 9 year old blended whisky from Chugoku Jozo's interesting Togouchi range. The producers create their expressions with whisky from both Scotland and Canada, and age it in a railway tunnel in Japan…  More info

Togouchi 9 Year Old
$81.63

Togouchi 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%

A 12 year old Japanese blended whisky, produced by Chugoku Jozo for the Togouchi range, who age their whiskies in a tunnel (makes a nice change from a warehouse, doesn't it?). Rather peaty, with…  More info

Togouchi 12 Year Old
4
$77.22

Togouchi 15 Year Old

70cl, 43.8%

A 15 year old blended whisky from the Togouchi range, produced by the little-known Chugoku Jozo in Japan. They source whisky from Scotland and Canada, and then age it in a railway tunnel before…  More info

Togouchi 15 Year Old
$195.83

Togouchi Kiwami

70cl, 40%

Kiwami (meaning 'supreme') is a blended Japanese whisky from Chugoku Jozo who mature their whiskies in a 361 metre long tunnel rather than a warehouse, which is fun.  More info

Togouchi Kiwami
$52.60

Togouchi 18 Year Old (43%)

70cl, 43%

An 18 year old blended whisky from Japanese producer, Chugoku Jozo. Bottled for the Togouchi range, which are aged in tunnels rather than a warehouse, this is on the higher end of the age scale for…  More info

Togouchi 18 Year Old (43%)
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