Articles Tagged Japanese Whisky

Bar High Five Hidetsugo Ueno

Drinking in Tokyo's Bar High Five

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To say that Bar High Five comes highly recommended is a whopper of an understatement. The Tokyo cocktail den has become a permanent fixture on international best-of lists, and achieved household name-status among bartenders the world over. So on a…

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Welcome to the Ice Dojo

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Japan has no shortage of natural wonders. But for cocktail enthusiasts, one stands out in particular: the baseball-sized, hand-carved ice spheres that chill libations in every bar from Sapporo to Osaka. In April I attended a class at Thirst Boston…

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Land of the Rising Suntory

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Last month, I had the opportunity to visit Japan with my two brothers. We stuck to a fairly conventional route during our two week sojourn: Tokyo-Kyoto-Osaka. But there was one detour we couldn’t miss: the Yamazaki Distillery. It was just…

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Suntory Whisky Toki Review

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We’ve been entangled in a pretty serious love affair with Japanese whisky for many years. And just when things start to look stagnant, and we consider moving on in search of some other exciting elixir, we’re met with something new….

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Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky Review

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Nikka Coffey Malt is not just a poorly translated spelling of “coffee.” (It’s a common question–you’d be surprised.) Instead, it refers to Aeneas Coffey, whose 1930s continuous-still design significantly impacted distilling, and whose eponymous work can be found at Nikka…

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New Whisky: Hibiki Japanese Harmony

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Over the past few years, we’ve fallen hard for Japanese whisky. We’ve explored and sampled some of the best expressions from the storied houses of Suntory, Nikka and Chichibu, and we’re always on the lookout for more. So, good news:…

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Masataka Taketsuru and Nikka Japanese Whisky

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We’ve spent time detailing the origins of Suntory, the beverage giant that pioneered Japanese whisky and introduced it to the Western world. Now let’s look at a figurehead whose passion was not profitability, but the perfection of his individual craft and the effect it had on the world around him. I’m speaking of Masataka Taketsuru…read more →

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An Intro to Japanese Whisky

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When Cocktail Enthusiast sent me a bottle of Hakushu 12, a Japanese whisky produced by beverage giant Suntory, back in 2012, my attention was captured. Two years and many drams later, my interest has grown into an obsession, all too…

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