The Land Of The Rising Whisky

The Land Of The Rising Whisky

Master distillers from Japan

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Spick-and-span from Japan
Japan is running out of Whisky, you guys! Beloved aged bottles are vanishing like ninjas, distilleries are at full capacities, and our favorite Whiskies can only be found if you engage in Mad-Maxish activities. We’re obviously exaggerating, but it’s still serious. See, Japan watched a TV show about Nikka’s founder, Mr. Taketsuru in 2014, and Whiskies flew off the shelves in an instant. It’s like when a Johnny Carson joke caused a toilet paper shortage in 1973. But worry you not, aid is on its way!
We have a few spick-and-span Whiskies from the big boys of Japan to alleviate the crisis. Plus, new distilleries are cropping up, bringing their own drams to quench our thirst for Nippon Whisky. It ain’t just some consolation prize, either: these spanking new Whiskies continue the tradition of quality and flavors, plus allow more experimentation when age is not a factor. These drams are more than just stand-ins to pass the time while we wait for more famous sauce to mature.
This relief package contains three emergency vials: a creamy and slightly peated blend by Nikka; an intriguing spicy-mossy Spirit finished in Rum casks by Helios; and a volcanic and pure Scotland-sourced potion from Matsui Shuzo. It’s more of an extravaganza than a rescue mission, really.
That was close, right? We thought we’ll have to scrounge for the Spirits of the rising sun like post-apocalyptic wildlings, but we can keep our dignity and enjoy a dram from the Land of the Rising Whisky. Word of advice, though: share these rarities with VIPs only.

Smartass Corner
1) Japan is literally running out of aged Whisky with all of Nikka's single malts with age statements disappearing. The reason? The Japanese didn't care much for local Whisky a decade ago, so the production slowed down, meaning there weren't enough batches maturing when Japanese Whisky became big in Japan a few years ago.
2) Kensei, which is also a name of one of the distillers in this box, were masterful swordsmen within the Samurai tradition. They dedicated their entire lives to perfecting the katana.
3) The most profitable period for the Japanese Whisky-makers was definitely World War II, when the armed forces emptied almost all available barrels.
4) The Japanese Whisky tradition originates in Scotland and for many decades, Japan mimicked Scotch, before they started their own thing. That's the reason we're not calling it Japanese Whiskey with an “e”.
5) The Japanese version of White Oak Akashi Blend is made with malt Whisky and molasses Spirit, but because the bottling would not be classified as "Whisky" in the EU, the export version is a blend of grain and malt Whiskies.
6) According to Suntory CEO Takeshi Niinami, the Japanese Whisky shortages might last to 2026.
There were two catalysts for the renewed interest in Japanese Whisky in Japan. The first one was Suntory's campaign that introduced Whisky Highball, and the second was a hit TV show about Masataka Taketsuru.
7) Highball, a mix of Japanese Whisky and club soda, is still the most popular Whisky-based drink in Japan. The recipe is strict (1:4 ratio, by the way) and you can get it in a can from a vending machine.
Japanese laws are a bit loose on what is Whisky that's made in Japan. Many companies in Japan import Whisky from Scotland (or other countries), mature it Japan for a while, and bottle it as Japanese Whisky.
8) Japan is the second biggest producer of single malt Whisky and Japanese Whisky even got better ratings than Scotch in blind tastings.

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The two biggest Whisky producers in Japan are Nikka and Suntory, major rivals.

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Member Reviews and Ratings of The Land Of The Rising Whisky
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Great tasting box. Overall, the Kura was by far the best, but all three were very good.
The best tasting box I have tried so far. The nikka days was so smooth and light it tasted like sunshine. The only upsetting thing about this box is that most of the samples are unavailable to purchase as a full bottle...
Overall it was great. The Kura was my favorite
No offense, but this did not sell me on Japanese whiskey. I guess it may have been overhyped in my book, but as far as the barrel is concerned... it belongs in the southeast!
I bought this box because I wanted to try the Niikka. It ended up being my least favorite but I really enjoyed the Kura and Kurayoshi.
Good way to try different Japanese blends, but loses some points on the Kura. The other two were better, but that one was awful.
I really wanted to like these but they were all hard to get down.
Not to my tastes. I felt like none of the whiskeys had anything to distinguish it from other fine whiskeys.
This was not for me. The entries were challenging and the heavy peat and grain was too strong for me. In fairness, I am just starting my journey, but I think I’ll move back to Scotland
Most Japanese whiskies are not all that peaty, these entries are a little odd
a Lovely single malt set from the land of the rising sun
Just not a favorite of mine. Not a whiskey set that I was expecting. Perfect for scotch lovers.
Light. Slightly smoky. Not bad for a Japanese whisky but there is better
It’s a little hot if you chill it - goes down smoothly
It is an outstanding assortment of Japanese Whiskys!
The whiskeys has a very Smokey nose to them as well as a mild Smokey flavor. I noticed they were a little sweeter than American whiskey and lingered on the tongue a bit.
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