The name AMAHAGAN is derived from NAGAHAMA spelt backwards! Clever isn’t it!

The smallest craft distillery in Japan making headways on the world award stage. Nagahama distillery in the northern part of Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture. Japan’s smallest class distillery that only started operation in November 2016. These craft whiskies are made in this small distillery famously known in the region for its unique shape alembic pot stills, that makes you feel the very origin of artisan whisky making. The newmake spirit from these unique pot stills have a rich, floral and malty character. The Amahagan ‘Blended World Malt’ series are unashamedly world malt blends, due to the shortage of local malt in Japan, however the blending, finishing and more all takes place at Nagahama Distillery. The whiskies are filtered using the purest of water in Japan and finished in the finest oak from many forms. Made in the whisky style we have all come to love and enjoy from Japan, these malts have been awarded highly recently at the world whisky awards 2020, and are likely to sell out year upon year due to small batch hand crafted whiskies, luckily JQWS has continuity of supply as a major partner with Nagahama Distillery… for now.

Nagahama Distillery Master Blender is Takashi Kiyoi. This master blender and small team of three are definitely honing their craft of creating unique blends, whilst playing with wood infusions of great flavorsome rich oaks at its best. A total of only 9 ranges are released from this small and unique craft distillery. Amahagan range consist of 4 unique lines, infused different oak finishes, that are blended world 100% malts sourced from Japan, as well as imported world regions. The Whiskies are 47% ABV, 700ml and craft blended and finished in Japan for a minimum of three years. The “Nagahama New Makeup 59 ° are locally sourced and made in Japan. These unique clear whiskies consist of variations of malt & grain through the range and are finished in precious quercus crispula barrels in the distillery, 59% ABV and 500ml, hand labelled. The New Makeup 59’s are extremely limited release, and we get the first dib’s yearly at these releases. The final whisky is a 75% ABV proof newmake, which is available mostly only at distillery door. Single Malts are set to release in the future.

All releases are Non-chill filter / Non-colour

Crossing wine aroma and malt sweetness. Based on Edition No. 1, we took on the challenge of ripening after taking advantage of the individuality of red wine cask flavours, and the outcome was outstanding! The appearance is a reddish and glossy brick colour. The flavour derived from red wine such as raisins and berries and the malty peculiar to Nagahama are in perfect harmony, and you can feel the refreshing orange peel afterwards. In the mouth, the unique sweetness of the grain spreads throughout, but the moderate astringency tightens the whole. Deep, integrated and complex. The color is reddish and glossy brick. The flavor from red wines such as raisins and berries is in perfect harmony with the unique malt flavour of Nagahama. A refreshing aftertaste of orange peel can be enjoyed. The sweetness of grain carries through the finish with a long, moderate astringent taste. The flavors linger long after the sip.


World Whisky Awards 2020 –  Silver

Melbourne International Spirits Competition 2020 – BRONZE

TWSC 2020 – Bronze

SFWSC 2020 – Silver

WWA 2021 – Silver

700Ml, ABV 47%