Japanese Whisky

#1
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
msr said:
I was offered a glass the other night and replied that I would rather cut off my goolies.

Was this the correct response?

msr
Absolutely! You had me worried for a moment there.
 
#3
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!)
 

Biped

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#4
Oh, when I read the thread title, I thought you were being saki . . .

Aaah, taxi!
 

rampant

LE
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#5
msr said:
I was offered a glass the other night and replied that I would rather cut off my goolies.

Was this the correct response?

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

Was this the correct response?

msr
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
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
WORLD WHISKIES AWARDS 2009
THE WINNERS

This year’s competition saw more than 150 whiskies put through their paces during three rounds of tastings to win the coveted titles of “Best in the World”

Once again this year’s competition has been incredibly hard fought with some of the winners being separated by very slim margins.

Impressively for the second year running in both the Grain and Whisky Liqueur categories, the winners retained their top spots showing great consistancy.

There have been intensive rounds of tastings by Whisky Magazine’s independent editorial panel drawn from the best journalists and retailers across the world, and also by industry representatives made up of master blenders, distillers and brand ambassadors. To get to the final results three rounds of blind tastings were held.

Round one was conducted by the editorial panel at their homes. The judges were simply sent sample bottles marked with the ABV and category.

We split the whiskies up by regions and styles. The entries were then divided up among the judges, who then tasted and marked the spirits out of 10.

The highest scoring whiskies in this round gave us the subcategory winners, for instance the Best Speyside Single Malt Whisky 12 Years and Under, which then went forward to the second round of tastings, held in London with some of the best noses in the industry judging them.

The winners of this second round gave us our category winners, for instance Best Highland Single Malt whisky, which were then sent back to the editorial panel to do battle for the overall titles.

The competition featured some outstanding whiskies and the judges had a hard time separating the very good from the good.

In some categories, particularly if only one whisky entered, it was still put through the tasting wringer to make sure it deserved an the award.

A little different from last year is that we awarded a Best Scotch Single Malt for the whisky that scored the most points during the final round of tasting.

Our congratulations go to the winners and we hope that you will have fun exploring some of the whiskies that performed exceptionally this year.

WORLD’S BEST WHISKY LIQUEUR

WILD TURKEY AMERICAN HONEY

WORLD’S BEST GRAIN WHISKY

COMPASS BOX HEDONISM

WORLD’S BEST NEW RELEASE

HIGHLAND PARK 40 YEARS OLD

WORLD’S BEST BLENDED MALT WHISKY

TAKETSURU 21 YEARS OLD

WORLD’S BEST BLENDED WHISKY

HANKY BANNISTER 40 YEARS OLD

WORLD’S BEST AMERICAN WHISKEY

THOMAS H.HANDY RYE

WORLD’S BEST SINGLE MALT WHISKY

HIGHLAND PARK 21 YEARS OLD

Sparky don't suppose you have a few bottles of saki to hand in exchange for a dusty bottle from the SS Politician.
 
#10
tiger stacker said:
Sparky don't suppose you have a few bottles of saki to hand in exchange for a dusty bottle from the SS Politician.
: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
Whiskybreath said:
No, msr, you were very wrong (see Rampant's post) and not just for the implicit gross snobbery. But mostly.
Don't believe everything you read on the internet ;)
 

rampant

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#13
msr said:
Whiskybreath said:
No, msr, you were very wrong (see Rampant's post) and not just for the implicit gross snobbery. But mostly.
Don't believe everything you read on the internet ;)
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.
 
#15
Gundulph said:
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

The Suntory was advertised by Connery in one of his sellout moments. Tried it and to be honest I'd rather be seen swilling Tesco Value Whiskey. The only country with a passable alternative to Scotch is Ireland.

To cut a long story short you were absolutely right to say no.

Chally
 

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