The long history of Sansanokawa Shuzo goes back to 1710 , the year of establishment in 1742 they moved to Kooriyama city , where its head office is located even today . One of their sake brands , Sasanokwa is one of the most popular in the region . They obtained the license of whiksy production in 1946 . In 1983 the whisky storate was built , which allowed them to store and mature whisky with great care . Sasanokawa Shuzo released a series of whiksy under the brand name 963 , which has earned a great reputation since it release .