There are two types of seminars: the free "Open Seminars" for whisky novices and aficionados alike.
The other is the "Special Tasting Seminar," which is a more in-depth, paid seminar.
Here are the details of the seminars.

Open Seminar(Free)

This "Open Seminar" will have 4 panels!

Staff will go around to the line of customers who are waiting in line for the opening of the venue at 11:30 on the day of the seminar and hand out numbered tickets.

Each person can attend only one session per person.

Each session is limited to 60 people, and each session lasts 30 minutes.

Please refer to the timetable for start and end times.

You may enter the seminar area (front center of the venue) 10 minutes prior to the start time.

Please note that if you do not enter the seminar area 5 minutes before the start time, your attendance rights will be transferred to those on the waiting list.

Details of the seminar will be posted here as soon as they become available.

A-1 12:00~ 12:30(30分)

Capacity of 60 persons Numbered tickets are required to attend the class.

This tasting seminar by Robert Stockwell, aka Rob, is popular with both whisky novices and whisky enthusiasts.
Having worked at four malt whisky distilleries, he is fluent in Japanese and will introduce you to the fascinating world of single malt whisky in an entertaining and easy-to-understand seminar.

Sample1 Glenmorangie Original
Sample2 Talisker 10 years
Sample3 Ardbeg 12 years
Sample4 whistlepig 12 years

Lectuer:Robert Stockwell/MHD Single Malt Ambassador

He is a specialist in whisky production, having spent 10 years at Diageo and Glenmorangie, Scotland's most prolific distillers, learning all aspects of single malt production, including distilling, maturation, comparative tasting, and cask production. He is a member of "The Keepers of the Quaich", which consists only of individuals who have been recognized for their special contribution to the Scotch whisky industry.

A-1 12:00~ 12:30(30 min)
『Suntory Whisky: 100 Years of History and New Challenges』

Capacity of 60 persons Numbered tickets are required to attend the class.

The 100-year history of Suntory Whisky, which began in 1923 with the great dream of its founder, Shinjiro Torii, and the new challenge for the next 100 years. We will introduce Suntory's new challenge to develop a world blended whisky "Ao", a blend of five major whiskies with rich individuality.

Sample1 Suntory Ao
Sample2 Ao Composition Original (Scotch)
Sample2 Ao Composition Original (Japanese)

Lectuer:Taichi Sasaki/Master of Whisky

Born in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture in 1971. After joining Suntory Limited in 1994, he became the company's first Whisky Ambassador, and in 2011 became the first person in Japan to be certified as a "Master of Whisky" by the Institute of Whisky Culture. He is active in a wide range of whisky seminars at distilleries and outside the company.

A-3 15:40~ 16:10(30 min)
『Fuji Gotemba Distillery and the new Fuji brand』

Capacity of 60 persons Numbered tickets are required to attend the class.

Kirin Fuji Gotemba Distillery makes whisky by making the most of nature's bounty. Fuji Gotemba Distillery, which makes whisky at the foot of Mt. Fuji, taking full advantage of the natural bounty of the area.

sample1 Kirin Single Malt Japanese Whisky Fuji

sample2 Kirin Single Grain Whisky Fuji

sample3 Kirin Single Blended Japanese Whisky Fuji

sample4 Kirin Single Malt Japanese Whisky 50th Anniversary Edition

Lectuer:Robert Stockwell/MHD Single Malt Ambassador

Born in Kyoto, Japan in 1962, he joined Kirin Brewery in 1988, worked at a winery in Napa Valley in 1989, and then completed a master's degree at the University of California. 2002 - Bourbon production and product development at Fore-Roses Distillery in Kentucky. Since 2009, when he returned to Japan, he has been working as a blender at Kirin Brewery, where he received the Master Distiller/Master Blender of the Year award at the 2017 Icons of Whiskey (IOW) 2017.

A-3 16:20~ 16:50(30 min)
『Attraction of Nikka's diverse grain whiskies』

Capacity of 60 persons Numbered tickets are required to attend the class.


In 2024, Nikka Whisky will celebrate its 90th anniversary. In the course of its long history, Nikka Whisky has continued to create a variety of challenging sake. In this issue, we would like to share with you the appeal of Nikka's various grains, including the grains that have made their mark on history and the grains that have been secretly brewed as a milestone.

Sample1 Caffey Grain New Make
Sample2 Caffey Grain
Sample3 Caffey Malt
Sample4 Nikka the Grain

Lectuer:Hiromi Ozaki/Nikka Whisky Chief Blender

He joined Nikka Whisky in 1988 and was in charge of sake production technology development and yeast breeding at the Production Technology Research Laboratory. He was transferred to Asahi Breweries in 1977, returned to Nikka Whisky in 2005, and was appointed as the head of the Blender Office in 2019. He has been the Chief Blender since 2021.

Talk Session/17:00〜17:50

The final part of the event will be a "Whisky Talk Session" (free of charge) by eleven people who are the faces of the whisky industry in Japan!

This so-called "panel discussion" will be held without tables in the seminar space, so everyone is welcome to attend.

This is the reason why Whisky Talk Fukuoka is called "Talk"!

Please do not miss it.