bar miyako and women and distilling 2 – maker’s mark / margie samuels


メーカーズといえば熟練の職人が1本1本丁寧に仕上げるボトルの赤い封蝋がトレードマークですが、実はこのアイディアはメーカーズの創業家の6代目、ビル サミュエルズ氏の妻、マージー氏が提案されたとのことです。



なお、今週の bar miyako ですが、誠に勝手ながら営業時間とメンバーが少し変則的になります。

火曜日と水曜日につきましては、オーナーの宮子は不在となり、2号店bar miyako living 店長の野澤が皆さまをお迎えします。(その両日の bar miyako living の営業はお休みになります。)なお、月曜日には宮子はおりますが、19時〜24時までの営業となります。いろいろとご不便をおかけし申し訳ございませんが、何卒よろしくお願いいたします。

In celebration of Women’s History Month this March, we’re shining a spotlight on women in distilling. This week, we’re featuring Maker’s Mark and honoring Margie Samuels, a driving force behind the iconic bourbon brand.

Many bourbon enthusiasts recognize Maker’s Mark by its distinctive red wax bottle top. But did you know that Margie Samuels, the wife of sixth-generation distiller Bill Samuels, played a pivotal role in shaping the brand’s identity? Margie not only conceptualized the red wax bottle topper, but also influenced the bottle’s design, the label’s aesthetic, and even came up with the whisky’s name itself.

According to details from the distillery’s website, Margie was inspired by Maker’s Mark’s exceptional flavor and sought to ensure its presence stood out on store shelves. “It is said that Margie is the reason most folks buy their first bottle of Maker’s Mark and Bill, Sr. is the reason they buy their second bottle.”

In essence, Margie’s innovative vision has left an indelible mark on the whiskey industry. Here’s to celebrating her invaluable contributions! Cheers to Margie Samuels!

This week, operations will be slightly irregular as Miyako will not be at the bar on Tuesday and Wednesday, during which Yuki Nozawa, who runs our sister bar, bar miyako living, will be in charge of the main bar (bar miyako living will be closed for those two days.)

On Monday, Miyako will be at the bar but we will close one hour early at 12 am. We apologize deeply for any inconvenience and thank you so much for your understanding.

bar miyako and women in distilling 1 – jane walker / emma walker

あっという間にもう3月ですね!3月8日は国連が制定した「国際女性デー (International Women’s Day)」ですが、その日を起点に3月を「女性史月刊 (Women’s History Month) 」としている国も多くあります。そこで今月は女性が関わるお酒をご紹介していければと思います。




It’s March! As many of you know, March 8 is International Women’s Day, and many countries have since come to celebrate March as Women’s History Month. As such, we’d like to feature spirits which involve women in their creation this month.

The first one up is Jane Walker (photo right). While we’ve introduced this before, this 10-year blend was created by Emma Walker, the 7th master blender for Johnnie Walker and the first female master blender in the brand’s 200 year history. Wow!

Photo left is the Johnnie Walker 12 Year Jane Walker Edition, which was released in the US to coincide with International Women’s Day in 2018. At this point, this was essentially the Johnnie Walker Black Label with limited-edition packaging, but two years later, Jane Walker was released as brand new original limited-edition blend, proving that women just keep on walking!

This week, the bar is open from 7pm to 1am on weekdays, so we hope to see you all back at the bar soon!