japanese whisky

10 Facts you may not know about Japanese Whisky

2017-12-30

Since I started this blog, you’ve been asking many questions about Japanese Whisky – and while I’m not a strong believer that whisky from the land of the rising sun is the best in the world (Remember, I think there’s no “best whisky in the world” ;)) – One cannot but admit that the Japanese know their dram!  There’s a lot of bullshit being said …

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So what is “ji-whisky” exactly ?

2017-05-29

Ji-whisky can really be whisky lottery: hidden gems, great nectars as well as awfully undrinkable liquids can hide behind this kawaï term  – but the good news is that there’ll always be a surprise when you crack open the bottle 😉 But do you actually know what ji-whisky is? So what’s the difference between ji-whisky and Japanese whisky I hear you say… All ji-whiskies are …

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Asian Whisky is NOT the “best in the world”

2017-04-03

You know what really grinds my gears? All those articles claiming that Whisky from Asia (Japan/Taïwan) is the “best in the world”. First of all, I don’t think there’s such a thing as the “best whisky in the world” – According to who? to what? If there’s an official list of criteria on which journos/critics base their statement on, I’m more than happy to have …

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Those new Japanese distilleries to watch out

2016-11-30

It’s been a long time since we haven’t talked Japanese spirits around here – while I don’t have a clue about Shōchū & Saké (#SorryNotSorry), I couldn’t go without noticing that 2016 was a pretty interesting year for the Asian spirits category, seeing new distillery projects emerge and even the first Japanese gin launched! Let’s then have a look at 2 new Japanese distilleries that I’ll …

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Your Ultimate Guide to Whisky Investment (top tips)

2016-03-22

Rare whisky has outperformed other investments such as wine and gold, enjoying a record year in 2015. The leading index for scotch whisky, the Rare Whisky Apex 1000, rose by 14% last year, outperforming wine, which fell by 0.4%, gold, which declined by 10%, and many of the world’s leading equity indices. The FTSE 100 index in London lost 4.9% in 2015, while on Wall …

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Japanese Spirits: the best is yet to come?

2015-12-10

After asking Japanese whisky experts from the Dekanta team last week about all the fuss around Karuizawa, I thought it could be a great opportunity to get an update on the latest spirited news and projects in Japan… We all know these are exciting times for the Japanese spirits industry, getting everyday more and more popular all over the world. If sometimes it may seem …

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Japanese Whisky Facts: Why is Karuizawa so hot?

2015-12-02

People seem to go mad each time a bottle of Karuizawa hit the market (whisky collectors would probably sell their entire family for a bottle of this supposed liquid gold) – I then decided to ask real Japanese whisky experts for an explanation and finally know why Karuizawa is so hot right now amongst malt maniacs of all continents. The amazing chaps at Dekanta, specialist …

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Special Review: Flaviar Tasting Pack

2015-10-22

What is Flaviar? “Flaviar is a club of spirits lovers and enthusiasts who want to discover new drinks. To help in this quest, we send our members a tasting pack of new and exciting flavours every month. We’re very, very, very, very… arrrrrrr obsessed with awesome drinks and passionate about connecting those that like to be flaviarized (we just made this one up; it means …

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My August Whisky Wishlist

2015-08-02

Oh boy, time is flying! Poor-quality-beer-fuelled celebrations are in full swing in the whole southwestern area of France since a few weeks, and I didn’t even find enough time to put my white pants on and hit the smelly streets of any Basque country small-size town. Or maybe I’m just getting old and too snob to dance to mainstream electro beats anymore while trying not …

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