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Tag Archives: Japanese whisky

• Blast off! Suntory whisky’s going to space!

Blast off! Suntory whisky’s going to space!

Getting ahead of the game, Japanese booze behemoth Suntory Holdings is sending  six samples of its kickass whisky and other alcoholic beverages to the International Space Station in August. Suntory is sending up the samples for a year as it wants to check out how these samples age in zero gravity. Then, back at home assuming […]

• 11 Best Whiskies for Burns Night Coming Up January 25

Mark Burns Night in suitable style: with a dram of one of these whiskies, all hailing from the British Isles – with one exception for renegade celebrators. 1. Lagaluvin 16-year-old single malt: £48.50, 70cl, waitrosecellar.com The pride of Islay, Lagaluvin’s standard single malt is a consistent winner of high scores in the whisky ratings world, […]

• How (not) to Drink the World’s Best Whisky

How (not) to Drink the World’s Best Whisky

The first thing you notice is the smell: rich, deep, and mysterious. And somehow, both fresh and musty at the same time. It’s a scent that immediately piques your curiosity. CNN’s On the Road Japan team visited Japan’s oldest whisky distillery just outside Kyoto to learn more about a spirit that’s just been named the […]

• Historic Japanese whisky fetches over $32,000

Historic Japanese whisky fetches over $32,000

One of the world’s rarest bottles of Japanese whisky, a 50-year-old Yamazaki single malt, has sold at auction in Hong Kong for more than $32,000 On Friday 15 August, Asia’s largest ever sale of Japanese whisky took place at Bonhams Hong Kong, where the rare Yamazaki bottle fetched HK$257,000 (£19,886). Bottled in 2011, the rare […]

• Beam Suntory distributing whisky brands in U.S. as of July 1

Beam Suntory distributing whisky brands in U.S. as of July 1

In both markets, distribution of brands including Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whisky, Bowmore and Auchentoshan single-malt Scotch whisky, and Midori will transition from current third-party distribution arrangements to the company’s own routes to market. As the company’s brands are already distributed together in Japan, the Beam Suntory portfolio will now be combined in markets […]

• How Japanese Single Malts Surpassed Scotland’s Finest

How Japanese Single Malts Surpassed Scotland’s Finest

My first sip of a great Japanese single-malt whisky was back in 2004, when the 18-year-old Yamazaki was first introduced into the U.S. I found its suave smoothness and elegance as sleek as a new Lexus. It had the familiar spicy, caramel-and-honey notes of a luxury single malt from Scotland but with its own exotic […]

• Why Sherry Casks Are So Important To Scotch

Why Sherry Casks Are So Important To Scotch

Wood is the single most important thing when it comes to maturation of liquor, including American bourbon, Irish and Japanese whisky or Scotch. Before writing my article last month, I had just visited Jerez in the south of Spain to see the production of sherry casks that Scotch whiskies end up maturing in. I’d mentioned […]

• Japanese Whisky Teases U.S. Consumers By Playing Hard To Get

Japanese Whisky Teases U.S. Consumers By Playing Hard To Get

Scotland is the de facto king of whisky. But now an unlikely challenger — Japan — is making a name for its whiskey far beyond its borders. Unfortunately for Americans, this highly coveted Japanese whiskey is very hard to come by. “I stock everything that’s currently available,” says Eddie Kim, beverage director at the Japanese […]

• Japanese Whiskeys, Translated From the Scottish

Japanese Whiskeys, Translated From the Scottish

ONE of the most expensive cocktails in New York can be found at Ryu, the Japanese-inspired restaurant that opened last spring in the meatpacking district. It’s a Sazerac variation called Shogun’s Grip and it’s ticketed like a four-star entree: $35. Adam Schuman, then the beverage director, had a good excuse for the stiff tariff. Its […]

• World Whiskies Awards 2012

World Whiskies Awards 2012

JAPANESE DISTILLERY – YAMAZAKI – WINS ‘WORLD’S BEST SINGLE MALT WHISKY’. Japanese whisky continued its dominance of World Whiskies Awards this year; with Suntory scooping one of the top titles and Nikka securing the blended malt title for the fourth year running. For the first time a South African blend, Three Ships, took the title […]

• Uh Oh. Suntory Japanese whisky Yamazaki stocks running dry

Uh Oh. Suntory Japanese whisky Yamazaki stocks running dry

Stocks of Japanese whisky Yamazaki are set to run dry across the globe this year after Suntory admitted it had not been prepared for the huge rise in demand for the product in recent years. Suntory whiskies have garnered over 60 awards in the last eight years. Most recently, Yamazaki 1984 single malt was named […]

• ‘Unique’ Scotch whisky to help Japan disaster victims

‘Unique’ Scotch whisky to help Japan disaster victims

A unique whisky made by seven independent Scottish distilleries to raise money for the disaster relief effort in Japan has almost sold out – before it has even been bottled. The distilleries each donated a cask of single malt to create a limited edition whisky called Spirit of Unity. Most of the 2,000 bottles expected […]

• Nice. Scotch distillers unite for Japan

Nice. Scotch distillers unite for Japan

A Group of seven Scotch whisky distillers have come together to produce a Scotch to raise money for disaster relief in Japan. Arran, Benriach, Bladnoch, Glendronnach, Mitchell’s Glengyle, Kilchoman and Springbank have each donated a cask of single malt to be blended into the limited edition Spirit of Unity whisky. There will be a production […]

• 50-year-old Springbank leaps to the top spot in WhiskyAuction's online sale

50-year-old Springbank leaps to the top spot in WhiskyAuction's online sale

The fine single malt sold ahead of a bottle of the famous Ardbeg 1974 Bourbon. WhiskyAuction’s online sale of fine and rare single malts concluded this weekend with some healthy results for the best drams. One interesting aspect was the solid performance of the Japanese whiskey brand Karuizawa with five bottles of the 1967 distillation […]