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Whisky production in Japan has a surprisingly prestigious pedigree. Whisky distilleries have been operational in the land of the rising sun since 1923 when Shinjiro Torii established Suntory and opened the Yamazaki distillery. He employed a gentleman by the name of Masataka Taketsuru who had travelled to Scotland to study the art of distillation and whisky production.
Mr Taketsuru eventually left the Suntory company and founded his own one in 1934 which would go on to be renamed Nikka.
These two men, the main pioneers of Japanese whisky set out to create whiskies that were very similar to the Scotch whisky that they had studied. Japanese whisky tends to be light, floral and delicate. The type of wood that is the basis of their casks has a major influence on the flavour of the whisky as they often use Mizunara (Japanese Oak) wood. It has been proven to provide the whiskies with a distinctive coconut aroma and flavour as well as evoking sandalwood too.
Japanese - 50cl / 40%
Akashi is the official whisky from the Japanese distillery WHITE OAK. As you can easily guess from its name, the distillery is located within the small-sized city of Akashi, south of the main island, a few miles away from Kobe. White Oak distillery was the first Japanese distillery to be granted a …
Japanese - 70cl / 40%