Whisky's Big In Japan

Whisky's Big In Japan

Whisky From the Land of the Rising Sun

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"Man who catch fly with chopstick accomplish anything." Mr. Miyagi.
For a long time it was believed that Whisky made in the Scottish style, but not produced in Scotland, couldn't possibly measure up to the standards of the traditional Scotch Whisky distilleries.

Not anymore. It was inevitable, but that's easy when you're Big in Japan.
Whisky in Japan has a surprisingly longer history than most would think, starting as far back as 1854, when Commodore Matthew Perry came to visit Japan to negotiate a treaty and brought with him a barrel and 110 gallons of American Whiskey as a gift for the Emperor. Needless to say the Emperor never received his Whiskey. There was no treaty either.
Some distilleries might not want to admit that there were 70 years of attempts at Whisky before the official boom in the 1920s with the successful albeit temporary partnership of Masataka Taketsuru and Shinjiro Torii, the fathers of Japanese Whisky. And it took another 70 years before Whisky entered the golden ages in Nippon. In the past 10 years Japanese Whisky has been kicking butt world-wide. Banzai!
Japan isn't yet as known for Whisky as it is for Sake, Sushi or Harakiri, but it's getting there. And rightfully so.
Prepare your taste buds.
Trivia & SmartAss Corner:
1) Japanese Whisky is usually a blend of malt Whisky (Japanese or Scotch) and domestically produced grain Whisky.

2) Japanese single malts, like Scottish, are double distilled in pot stills while grain Whiskies in column stills.
3) Ji-Whisky is a concept similar to micro-brewing or micro-distilling. Ji means local.
4) Japanese Whisky can act as an interesting comparison between Scotch and Bourbon, being a Scotch-style spirit matured in conditions with greater temperature variation closer to Kentucky.
5) Japan is the second biggest producer of single malt Whisky in the world. Much to general surprise.
6) The two biggest Whisky producers in Japan and major rivals are Nikka and Suntory.
7) Japanese Distilleries do not trade with their competitors and thus have to produce a wider range of style to accomodate for that.
8) Mizuwari means "mixed with water" and is a popular way of drinking spirits in Japan. Typically, about two parts of cold water are mixed with one part of the spirit and some ice.
9) For cold, wintery days make an Oyuwari.  Just put two parts of freshly boiled water in a cold glass and one part of Whisky. Don't waste the good stuff on this.
10) In recent years Japanese Whiskies have won a number of top prizes at the World Whisky Awards and have consistently scored higher than Scotch Whiskies in blind tastings.

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In recent years, Japanese Whiskies have won several top prizes at the World Whisky Awards and have consistently scored higher than Scotch Whiskies in blind tastings. Talk about a student surpassing the master!

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Member Reviews and Ratings of Whisky's Big In Japan
The Nikka was very good, good bite with enough oak and little sweetness to balance. The Hibiki was overly sweet for my tastes, and the Chita was a very cool flavor profile. Wouldn't necessarily want a whole bottle of it, but a couple glasses were quite good!
Great tasting profile.
Excellent selection of different Japanese whiskey. All are very much enjoyable and smooth. Wish I could buy a bottle of each.
I was familiar with harmony but this box just made me more interested looking into japans whiskey really good all 3 around perfect selection to represent japan loves this box
2 exceptional whiskeys and one that is good but pales in direct comparison. If looking to try some Japanese Whiskey there is few better starting points.
Particularly enjoyed the Chita and hibiki as they both had unique tasting notes. The Nikka was good but not great. All three are Absolutely a mandatory try for any whiskey lover though
Nice introduction into Japanese wishky, though I would have opted for Yamazaki rather than suntory harmony masters select
The Nikka Super Rare was my favorite of the 3, with Hibiki being 2nd favorite. I was not impressed with the flavor of the Hibiki after having read the hype beforehand. I have a bottle of Nikka From The Barrel that is better overall than the Hibiki Harmony offering.
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