Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Nonjatta 2nd Release Lottery

Post by Stefan Van Eycken, Tokyo
The results of the lottery for our 2nd ‘Ghost’ release are in. We were overwhelmed by the sheer number of applications and wish to thank everyone who participated. The lucky winners – and we’re glad that, by pure luck, they come from all corners of the world – will be contacted on Friday, so keep an eye on your inbox (and your spam folder!). As per the rules outlined in our original post and on the Malt City page, those who have won have one week to respond and confirm that they wish to proceed and purchase the bottle.

We are working on other releases, from other distilleries, with a better outturn so that we can make more of you happy, so stay tuned. In the meantime, we want to thank all of you again for the kind words and support. It means a lot to us.

29 comments:

John B. said...

Again, great Job guys. 22 lucky people around the world. Can't wait 'till friday although, I'm never been really lucky with these things.

Rogier said...

Out of curiosity Stefan, can you tell us how many people entered the lottery? :-)

Anonymous said...

Good to know that this series will continue..

Perhaps something from Mars distillery?

Stefan Van Eycken said...

Perhaps... It's difficult to say before everything is 100% finalized, but obviously we are interested in the smaller craft distilleries... So stay tuned!

Stefan Van Eycken said...

Rogier, we can't release those numbers (because we have certain agreements with our business partner, Malt City) but let's just say... hundreds...

Adrien T. said...

That's a lot of people... Very little chance to be selected unfortunately (keeping fingers crossed though) but anyway, as agreed by a lot of Nonjatta fans, great initiative this lottery! I bought concert ticket this way in the past. At least it's fair indeed.

Guillaume Barth said...

I hope you will give the name of the winners.
Otherwise how will I find them, chase them, and steal their bottle ?

(no need to specify that this is a joke)

Peter brueckner said...

Awesome! I will anxiously watch my inbox. Again, I totally agree that you did this in the most fair way possible.

Peter brueckner said...

Awesome! I will anxiously watch my inbox. Again, I totally agree that you did this in the most fair way possible.

Peter brueckner said...

Awesome! I will anxiously watch my inbox. Again, I totally agree that you did this in the most fair way possible.

Peter Brueckner said...

Oops, sorry for the repeat comments. I'm on very spotty internet on my way to work right now

Enrico said...

Many of you guys already mantioned about that's a fair lottery and I do agree 100%! Now I'd like to rise the question to see what you think will those lucky people will do with the bottles, how many of those do you think will try it? how many will sell it generating an incredible profit from what I believe THE smallest limited edition Karuizawa? Kampai!

Stefan Van Eycken said...

Those are valid questions but we can't really control what people do with their bottle. We tried to make it as fair as possible in terms of distribution of the bottles. Re-distribution (selling on auctions, etc) is something out of our control...

Rogier said...

Part of this cask was already bottled in the past, according to Whiskybase at least, so that might make it slightly less interesting from a speculative standpoint?

Stefan Van Eycken said...

Part of it was bottled two years ago, for sale at the distillery shop -when it was a 16yo. Those bottles were never for sale anywhere else in the country, only at the distillery shop (I know cause I used to go there all the time), and because they were very cheap and in slightly smaller bottles (480 / 500ml) they were very popular with tourists who were in Karuizawa for the various other attractions the area has to offer (not specifically the distillery) to take back home as souvenirs for friends, or for themselves. So your chances of finding a bottle of that are very, very slim... (and I know because it's one of the few Rouge Cask distillery only bottlings missing from my personal collection).

Anonymous said...

If anyone buys it from UK, and wants to send samples or drink it together (that would be nice!) and you read the comments now , please let us know!

Will McBrien said...

So sadly, it seems Friday (Japan time) has come and gone with no email in the inbox; o for 2 on Nonjatta bottles thus far. I hope those 22 bottles found good homes and I'm already looking forward to the 3rd Nonjatta release to try my luck once more.

Tsunami Restaurant said...

I'm going to Japan soon and interested where I can buy some of the more rare bottles. Is there an on-line shop like in Australia? Or a big store like Costco? I'll be in Yokohama and Chiba.

Stefan Van Eycken said...

I'm afraid the answer is simple: nowhere. Basically, in Japan rare bottles don't even reach shops... Example: The Game 5 (Hanyu, Ichiro's Malt 2000 / 2013) was online here in Japan for less than 5 minutes before being sold out. Such is the situation at present. So, whereas 10 years ago there were loads of stores with interesting bottlings, nowadays you have a better chance of finding rare Japanese whiskies abroad (like I did, when I was in Belgium this summer and found stuff I would never have been able to buy here in Japan - long gone) than in Japan. Sad but that's the way things stand.

Sven said...

At least 2 bottles to Sweden someone whispered in my ear. Maybe a chance to get a sample ;)

Stefan Van Eycken said...

Just two people actually - but that's still pretty good, given the odds. If you happen to know one of the two lucky winners, feel free to pressure them into giving you a sample!

Rogier said...

Did anything go to The Netherlands? I might be lucky enough to know them...

Stefan Van Eycken said...

No, nothing went to the Netherlands...

Elskling said...

France maybe?

Stefan Van Eycken said...

One person.

Anonymous said...

how about Taiwan and Japan?

Michael said...

One for me and one for H.P (Sweden)
So happy to win this bottle :)

Maison Reno said...

I need one ! ^^ please
best regards from france

Anonymous said...

so the bottle of the photo is already in an auction..

http://www.scotchwhiskyauctions.com/store/product/64_the-33rd-auction-runs-until-sunday-january-05-2014/27311_lot-331058-karuizawa-rouge-cask-5022-1995-18-year-old/

Stefan, would it make any sense to name and shame?
Surely this is a bottle to share with friends and not try to make a quick profit.
This is really bad and not right at all..