Those of us that know Scotch know that
here is a very serious competitor from the east... Japanese Whisky.
Japanese Whisky is basically Scotch that's not from Scotland, much
like sparkling white wine is the same as Champagne. Japan is probably
the only country (England included) that can say that they are making
Scotch-style whisky up to par with that in Scotland, and they’re
starting to beat Scotch in the big competitions. Why didn't you
know this? The greedy bums keep most of it for themselves, that's
This was a special evening with great whisky at Katana of West
Hollywood. We had the plush patio reserved for a special event co-hosted
by Neyah White of Suntory, who presented :
- Yamazaki 12 and Yamazaki 18
- Chita Grain Whisky
- Hibiki 12
- Yamazaki Barrel Samples (Japanese, Spanish, and American Oak)
- The incredibly rare, expensive, and luscious Suntory 1984.
Not to be outdone (although Neyah made it difficult), the LASC
brought something special too:
- A rare and highly sought Hibiki 21, that we had specially couriered
- Ichiro's Malt - King of Hearts from Hanyu, a distillery that no
- Nikka 17 Taketsuru and a Nikka straight-from-the-cask.
- Hakushu 1989 Sherry Cask bottling for The Whisky Exchange’s
10th Anniversary – A Malt Maniac award winner.
Suntory also generously supplied a Yamazaki 18 that was auctioned
at the tasting with the proceeds going to the Japan Earthquake and
Tsunami Relief Fund, to help our friends across the sea.
Only the Yamazaki 12, Yamazaki 18, and Hibiki 12 are currently available
in the United States, so this was a special treat for us, as was
learning the history of Japanese whisky and its humble origin of
a young Japanese man wandering Scotland for a job.