Japanese Whisky

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  1. msr

    msr LE

    I was offered a glass the other night and replied that I would rather cut off my goolies.

    Was this the correct response?

    msr
     
  2. Absolutely! You had me worried for a moment there.
     
  3. Gremlin

    Gremlin LE Good Egg (charities)

    Spot on, although someone once tried to persuade me that it would be OK.


    BTW, never never ever try Indian whiskey. (note the "e" for none Scottish brews!)
     
  4. Biped

    Biped LE Book Reviewer

    Oh, when I read the thread title, I thought you were being saki . . .

    Aaah, taxi!
     
  5. rampant

    rampant LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    Bad Old Boy. I may be a rampant traditionalist when it comes to my booze, but I have to say Japanese Whisky is superlative. The noble Masataka Taketsuru ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masataka_Taketsuru ) learned his trade over here on rain sodden shores and help set up the Kotobukiya Whisky distillery in 1919, later to become Suntory: Lost in Translation anyone? ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_whisky ).

    The quality of the water in Japan, coupled with the traditional techniques they learned from us have resulted in the little buggers producing better whisky than us. It goes to show the respect when one considers the fact they are the only whisky producers in the world, other than our Canadian cousins, who are allowed to spell whisky without an "e".

    They have recieved numerous awards over the years including the Best in the World:

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/food_and_drink/article3822531.ece

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/apr/21/japan-whisky-industry

    http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/ViewCategory.aspx?category=35

    I have tried them all and found them to be excellent, a little more subtle and delicate than what our palates may be used to, but I highly, highly recommend them.

    As a postscript I would say that I am glad they are producing such a high standard as our own industry should not rest on its laurel, and should nseek to produce even finer products than we already do. Which I hasten to add is all the better for us consumers. :D
     
  6. The Japanese discovered how to make Whisky (and note the omition of the 'e') from the Jocks in the early 20th Century and like Scottish Whisky they also don't spell it Whiskey like many other Countries do, due to their own brand originating from Scottish Whisky Distillers who taught them the trade...

    Their One Single Malt certainly 'looks' the part, has anyone had a Wee Dram?

    Suntory Yamazaki Single Malt
     
  7. rampant's experience is more extensive than my own but I'd also express the same view. The 20YO Yoichi I was introduced to in Tokyo by a colleague was very pleasant indeed.

    lancslad
     
  8. I'm afraid that, even though I'm a Jock, I have to agree with Rampant and Gundulph.

    Having Japanese friends who introduced me to shochu (sp), sake and also their own whisky I have to grudgingly admit their whisky is really good.

    :oops: :oops:
     

  9. Sparky don't suppose you have a few bottles of saki to hand in exchange for a dusty bottle from the SS Politician.
     
  10. :D :D

    I'm afraid all I have are empties at the moment TS :D

    If you really have a bottle from the SS Politician hang on to it mate!!!

    Give me about a week mate and I'll arrange a bottle of Sake for you. Gratis.
     
  11. No, msr, you were very wrong (see Rampant's post) and not just for the implicit gross snobbery. But mostly.
     
  12. msr

    msr LE

    Don't believe everything you read on the internet ;)
     
  13. rampant

    rampant LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    Hey! That was quite mild for me :wink:
     
  14. Depends what it was.
    There are a couple of great whisky bars that I occasionally frequent here in Tokyo and I have sampled some great stuff - although buggered if I can usually remember what it was the morning after.

    However if you go out drinking to an after work dive bar with a bunch of Japanese salarymen you can end up drinking all sorts of rubbish. One bar that my Japanese colleagues like serves pre-mixed bottles of cheap Japanese whisky and soda - it is the only time that I like my whisky drowned in soda. Then again the whole point of these places is to get drunk very quickly and forget about the trials of the working day, so they don't really care what they are drinking as long as it does the job.
     
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