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A Guide to Japanese Whisky For people who love drinking whisky, they should try Japanese whisky for their drinking pleasure. Japanese and Scotch whiskies are almost similar expect that the Japanese whisky has a history and traditions. The best whisky in Asia in Japanese whisky. Even before whisky making became popular in Japan, there were … Continue reading “Understanding Drinks”

A Guide to Japanese Whisky For people who love drinking whisky, they should try Japanese whisky for their drinking pleasure. Japanese and Scotch whiskies are almost similar expect that the Japanese whisky has a history and traditions. The best whisky in Asia in Japanese whisky. Even before whisky making became popular in Japan, there were already small quantities produced in Japan in the early 19th century. The beginning of the now popular Japanese whisky industry was right after the first world war. Chemist Masataka Taketsuru was sent to Europe, particularly to Scotland, to learn their whisky making secrets and processes. In Glasgow, he attended classes while learning their language, and worked in distilleries before going back home to Japan. Arriving home he shared everything he learned about whisky making in Scotland in a manual for Japanese whisky making. Although similar with the Scotland whisky processing, Japanese whisky is uniquely Japanese. Because of the similarity in the distilling process, Japanese whisky is spelled in the same manner as the Scottish do. Both countries, Japan and Scotland, have the same basic elements in their whiskies. In most regions of Japan, single malts and blends are being produced. The main whisky making region in Japan is Honshu, although there are other manufacturers across the country. Hokkaido is also another popular whisky making region and it boasts of having a similar geography and weather as Scotland.
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The largest Japanese whisky producer owns the most popular brand in the country. Many Japanese firms own world-renowned distilleries and are in competition with the leading brand. There are also other smaller distilleries who are coming up with interesting products and giving the competitors a run for their money.
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At present, Japan has made a name as a top whisky producing country. Whisky tasting contests have given Japan many of its awards. Awards abound for the Japanese whisky makers including the really prestigious ones in the industry. It is now expected for Japan to win whisky making competitions every time. And Japanese whisky now also outscores Scottish whisky makers continuously. This, despite being made in Scottish tradition. Whisky drinkers who still have not tried Japanese whisky is really missing out on the best whiskies around. Scotland is very well known for its many years of whisky making, but the Japanese have greatly improved on the Scottish way of making whisky by their willingness and ability to experiment with new techniques. It is because of this continuous experimentation that the Japanese whisky is near to perfection. The Japanese element in their whisky is very evident despite having Scottish flavors. Japanese firms has put efforts into maintaining the right depth and balance. If you try Japanese whisky, it will satisfy you.