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Corn-Based Japanese Whisky is Under way (whiskeyraiders.com)

Corn-Based Japanese Whisky is Under way

Japanese Whisky

Hokkaido Liberty Whisky’s Benizakura Distillery is pictured in Sapporo, Japan. Hokkaido Liberty Whisky plans to release the first corn-based Japanese whisky in 2026. (Photo: Benizakura/YouTube)

Multiple distilleries in Japan are teaming up to bring the country what is believed to be its first corn-based whiskey, mimicking the popular American bourbon spirit, which by definition must have a mash bill consisting of at least 51% corn.

This new Japanese whisky won’t legally be allowed to go by the name “bourbon,” as bourbon by definition must be made in the U.S., but it will be similar.

“The only bourbon that is sold in Japan is made in the United States, and I believe this…

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