Shinobu Distillery is located in the beautiful Niigata region of Japan, and is famous for its rich white three treasures, "water source", "white rice" and "sake". In the distillery, there is a passionate whisky lover and experienced distiller "Usa Meiken", who is also the founder of Niigata Ale established in the same town 20 years ago. At the heart of his team, Mr. Usami was the first brewer to apply the concept of in-bottle secondary fermentation and aging of beer in Niigata ale.
With years of experience, Mr. Usami has a dream of making local whisky. Not only can it promote the local pure water source, but also benefit the majority of whisky lovers. Finally in 2017, Mr. Usami received the Niigata region's first whisky license (emphasis is the first!) and began his journey as a distiller.
Award record Ninja Ten Years 2020 International Spirits Competition Gold Medal Letter 10 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition Double Gold Medal No Vintage & Forbearance 10 Years 2020 Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition Ninja 10 Years & 15 Years 2020 World Whisky Competition Category Champion Ninja Harmony 2019 American Wine and Spirits Wholesale Annual Conference Gold Medal Ninja Harmony 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2019 Gold Medal Ninja Blending 2019 International Whisky Competition Gold Medal