Ohishi Sherry Single Cask Whisky, Cask #1257 – Review

*Thank you to SF and GRC Imports for the sample. The Ohishi Sake Brewery and Distillery is located on the Japanese island of Kyushu, well south and east a bit from the island's largest city of Fukuoka. According to most sources, Ohishi was founded in 1872, and has remained a family owned business from the … Continue reading Ohishi Sherry Single Cask Whisky, Cask #1257 – Review

Ohishi Brandy Cask Regular Whisky – Review

*Thank you to SF and GRC Imports for the sample. According to ricepedia.com, rice, corn, and wheat account for approximately 42% of the calories consumed by us humans. Rice itself is responsible for nearly 20% of calories gobbled up by all the people on the planet, with Asia accounting for a staggering 90% of that total. … Continue reading Ohishi Brandy Cask Regular Whisky – Review

Suntory Whisky Toki Japanese Whisky – Review

*Sincere thanks to MS and Savona Communications for the sample. Toki (とき) is the Japanese word for "time." Ah, if it were only that simple. It's not. But if it were, this part of my review would be a little shorter. As I understand it, it's far more accurate to say that toki  (pronounced toe'-key) is a Japanese … Continue reading Suntory Whisky Toki Japanese Whisky – Review

Hibiki 12 Year Old Japanese Blended Whiskey

*Sincere thanks to DK & NR from Exposure PR for the sample, and to Suntory's Neyah White for the sage advice. Last month, March, Suntory celebrated the 90th anniversary of the Yamazaki Distillery and the House of Suntory Whisky. Shinjiro Torii founded his first distillery in March of 1923, establishing a whisky-making empire that would … Continue reading Hibiki 12 Year Old Japanese Blended Whiskey

The Hakushu 12 Year Old – Review

From the few pictures I've seen, Suntory's Hakushu distillery lies in a particularly beautiful setting. Seen from afar, its twin pagoda roofs, connected near the top by a covered walkway, nestled in a deep forest surrounded by mountains...it's hard to imagine a more idyllic, if not idealized, setting for Japanese whisky making. It came as … Continue reading The Hakushu 12 Year Old – Review

The Yamazaki SIngle Malt Whisky, Aged 18 Years – Review

There are times that I think the story of Suntory's Shinjiro Torii and Nikka's Masataka Taketsuru and his Scottish wife Rita would make for a great movie. Unfortunately, if Hollywood ever got their hands on it, Tom Cruise would probably force his way into one of the title roles and there'd be a lot of … Continue reading The Yamazaki SIngle Malt Whisky, Aged 18 Years – Review

Indian and Japanese Whisky at 18 Reasons

I'll be leading another tasting at 18 Reasons on Monday, July 18th, this time around taking an introductory look at Japanese and Indian whiskies by tasting three expressions each from Suntory and Amrut. While Japan's interesting whisky history is not very long, they are certainly renowned for their version of Scottish stuff...unfortunately, very few are … Continue reading Indian and Japanese Whisky at 18 Reasons