entrepreneur, and co-founder and Master Blender, Ian Chang.
our aim is to deliver to the world
the best Japanese single malt whisky that is
as clean as the fresh breeze of Komoro, yet as full of flavour.
KOJI SHIMAOKAAfter graduating from Yokohama National University Graduate School, Koji joined a global finance company. Later, he ascended to executive management. In order to fulfill his dream of owning a whisky distillery, he started looking for the perfect location to build it. After searching for many years, Koji finally came across Komoro, and the site where the distillery is being built.
Vice President / Master Blender
IAN CHANGIan's expertise and reputation as one of the finest whisky-makers of modern times precede him. His awards, and those for whiskies made by him, are numerous and include IWSC Global Distiller of the Year, six-times winner of the IWSC Spirits Producer of the Year and countless other awards
YOSHIE SHIMAOKAYoshie developed her professional career at McKinsey & Co. and bulge bracket investment banks. After running a reputable international M&A boutique, she joined the management team to contribute her strong consulting and corporate finance capabilities.
Chief Educator & Consultant
EDDIE LUDLOWAuthor of best-selling book, 'Whisky - A Tasting Course' and founder of UK whisky events company, The Whisky Lounge, Eddie will oversee Whisky Academy courses.
will work to achieve 6 of the 17 goals
set out by the United Nations, under the theme of
'Growing Forests and Connecting with the Local Community'.
Karuizawa Distillers aims to achieve zero waste emitted during the production process.
In order to maintain the surrounding natural bounty for the future, we are planning to work with forest protection and forest education groups. We are planning to allocate a certain percentage of sales to donations for forest protection activities, and other activities to raise awareness of the need for forest protection.
Not only are we operating a distillery, but also a visitor center. Our distillery, that is in harmony with nature and adapted to the landscape, will not only offer unique whisky experiences, but will also promote the creation of links with the local community.
|Corporate name||Karuizawa Distillers Inc.|
|Headquarter||Tokyo Toranomon Global Square 5F 1-3-1, Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo Japan|
|Established||December 25th, 2019|
|Business Overview||Alcohol Production and Sales (Whisky)|