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Rare Shirakawa 1958 single malt to be presented at tasting event

Robert Graham, in partnership with Tomatin Distillery, has announced a tasting evening– referenced as once-in-a-time – at The New Club Edinburgh on 6 October, to enjoy all things Tomatin and Shirakawa.


Shirakawa 1958 is a single malt whisky from lost Japanese distillery Shirakawa, which was originally destined for use only in blends until the creation of this single malt, in collaboration between Tomatin Distillery and Takara Shuzo.


The rare expression will be the only official single malt bottling from the distillery, limited to 1,500 bottles globally. It is bottled at 49% ABV.


Stephen Bremner, Tomatin managing director, commented: “Tomatin Distillery Co. Ltd had been bought by Takara Shuzo in 1986 and I became fascinated by the story of Shirakawa and its history of whisky production.There had never been an official single malt bottling, and the distillery had long gone, but I couldn’t help wondering what if a part of liquid history lay unearthed. After several in-depth discussions with colleagues at Takara Shuzo the last remaining parcel of Shirakawa was identified in 2019. When I discovered that the last remaining stock was distilled in 1958, I was astounded! It was a genuine WOW moment as I realised very quickly that what we were dealing with was extremely rare.”


Author Stefan van Eycken, authority on the world of Japanese whisky and distilling, also commented: “There are no known examples of Japanese Whisky claiming to be from a Single Vintage that predate Shirakawa 1958. Even though Shirakawa Distillery was one of the pioneers of malt whisky making in Japan, the liquid was never officially available as a single malt. This limited 1,500 bottle release will see the Japanese Whisky category, one of the most sought-after categories of spirit in the world, continue to grow from strength to strength.”


The event will begin with a champagne reception, followed by a cigar and beverage pairing. Blender Scott Adamson will then host a Tomatin Masterclass, guiding attendees through three aged and exclusive Tomatin whiskies. The grand finale of the evening will be the presentation of the rare Shirakawa 1958.


Tickets for the event are still available and can be purchased here, at a price of £200 per person.

15 September 2023 - Bradley Weir