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A rising star in the spirits world

October 20, 2015

 In 2014 A single-malt from Japan has been named the best whisky in the world for the first time.  Let’s take a closer look at this phenomenon.

Do you remember Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation movie where Bill Murray’s character went to Japan to film  Suntory’s whisky commercials and his popular tagline  “For relaxing times, make it Suntory time.” ?
Well that was the first time I’ve heard about Japanese Whisky.

Don’t get me wrong, but I’ve never been too keen on this spirit for a long time. When I came to Japan for the first time and tried the quintessential drink known as sake nihonshu (日本酒)  I immediately fell in love with this special liquor made from distilled rice and was able to understand why it was most popular drink amongst the Samurai.

But let’s get back to the topic of whisky. The moment that I started to started to grow an interest in Japanese whisky occurred while I was watching the TV drama series called Massan . It was from that series that I learnt  about  Masataka Taketsuru  who is also known as “Father of Japanese Whisky”. Masataka went to Scotland  to study the manufacturing process of  Western liquors and there he fell in love with whisky and the art of distilling. He was lucky to meet his greatest inspiration- a Scottish woman Rita Cowan, soon after they met, they get married and then she accompanied him back to Japan.

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