A Match Made in Japan
Photo/Jeff Harris
Sometimes underestimated and misunderstood, the premier whisky of the East is suddenly making a splash
Scotch, Irish, Canadian and American whisky all have centuries of heritage, as well as colorful anecdotes that include moonshining, bootlegging and even a rebellion. But how many Western whiskies have inspired a TV soap opera? Japanese whisky has. And if that’s not a sign that this spirit has arrived, consider that it is achieving enormous growth in American consumption and that a whisky from Japan is the reigning Whisky Advocate magazine Whisky of the Year. Not so long ago, the young Japanese whisky industry didn’t have that cache—at least among the uninitiated. In 2005, when Bill Murray mugged with mock intensity in the movie Lost in Translation about “Suntory time,” …
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