Hey, I’m Casey. Welcome to our newsletter, sharing the startup journey of Kamui Whisky K.K. We’ve been busy, but when we aren’t overwhelmed, we’ll share a story as we craft up a whisky distillery on a remote, volcanic island in the most northern part of Japan.
A few days back, our Senior Distiller, Taura-san arrived in Rishiri.
The master had a jerry-rigged plan. No-one thought it would work. Skepticism was palpable.
Some wooden trolleys collapsed under the weight, some unbalanced moments, but we were able to get the condensers through the doors.
Our saviour, Shiraita-san.
The speed of his problem-solving was amazing. In a pinch, he went to the local electric power station to grab chain winches. Without those hoists and pulleys we would have never have gotten the system in place.
This was the scariest part:
It was a lot of team work. Different members flourished at different times. Everyone stepped in, everyone contributed. It will be a day all of us will remember.
A beautiful team. A beautiful system.
And, of course, you need a barbecue to finish.
Our distillers are ready to make some sublime whisky.
A couple of more steps and we will be a real distillery.