Japan is so hot right now! The Japanese drinking culture seems to be seeping into Cocktail bars worldwide. Spirit experts have long lauded Japanese Whiskies as formidable – even the most elegant.
The Japanese have been making Whisky for a long time, with Japan’s oldest distillery, Yamazaki, founded in 1923. However, it is only within the last 10-12 years that it has been exported– and only within the last 5 years that it has started to make a name for itself and people are talking about it, with labels such as Yamazaki and Hibiki picking up multiple awards on the international whisky scene.
Most of us associate Whisky with Scotland but could this all about to change…? We think it is a definite possibility, after Jim Murray, of the Whisky Bible 2015 naming the Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013 the world’s best Whisky, which he praised as ‘near indescribable genius’, with not one Scottish Whisky placing in the top 5! This as I’m sure you can imagine came as quite a shock! It maybe some time before the Japanese Whisky occupies the same place in British hearts as a drop of Scottish gold, but it is a definite that it will take up more space in the liquor stores. But with Yamazaki stealing the crown… what does the rise of the Japanese Whisky mean for the Scots?
Japanese Whisky has its own individual identity – a clarity of aromas, almost transparent with intense flavours you would find in scotch. Dave Broom, editor-in-chief of Whisky Magazine Japan stated that ‘Japanese Whisky is Whisky in HD’.
People are always looking for something new…and Japanese Whisky offers a whole new way of tasting – so unique, so specialist and refined.
Here at Saxtys Wines, we are lucky enough to have a fantastic selection of some of the most sort after bottles and gift sets of the Suntory Whisky’s, including, the Suntory Hakushu Distillers Reserve and the Suntory Yamazaki 18 Year Old Bill Amberg Bag. Log onto our Website via the link below to view our fine collection of Japanese Whisky, all of which are available to purchase.