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Secrets of the world's top whisky: Japanese water and Spanish casks

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A well-deserved honor, too bad they don't hand out samples at the station like the Monster Energy Drink people do.

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I was in a dimly-lit bar in Ginza (with jazz tinkling in the background) last night, when a group of American men came in to buy some cigars. One of them came up to the bar, clearly impressed by the range of scotches on offer, and pulled out his iPad. He fiddled with it for a minute, then turned it around to show the bartender a full-screen photo of the Yamazaki Sherry Cask single malt. "Do you have this?" he asked. But of course it's become very difficult to obtain and they were out of stock... he looked very disappointed. Word is definitely getting around!

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Actually, it seems its no longer for sale ANYWHERE IN JAPAN. Of course its nice it was awarded this important price, but whats the use if you cant buy it anywhere.

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It was never available in Japan

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Actually, the distillery is in Osaka.....

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Check your local Yamaya. I bought a bottle there a few years ago. I've seen it since on a few occasions, but I drink very little so I still have the bottle I bought.

It is available, but they only distribute to certain bottle stores.

StrangerlandDec. 07, 2014 - 09:50PM JST Stereotypes are not the same as truths.

I agree.

The fact is most travelers from most countries never bother learning a few words of the language of the countries they go to.

I disagree. Most travelers carry a phrasebook (or these days an iphone app). It would be sheer idiocy to try an arrogant "You WILL speak English" attitude if you were in an emergency situation and reliant on the goodwill of others.

Of course that doesn't mean that most people won't try their luck and see if the other person speaks English first before embarrassing themselves by mangling the local language. And that's probably what you're seeing, that people tend to try English first.

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"Taken from the wells of a nearby town, the distillery’s water is prized for its mineral content and softness, while maturation occurs in hard-to-come-by sherry casks, specially crafted from oak in northern Spain."

Further complex tastes are added to the water by the nearby Meishin expressway. Some believe this gives the whisky its special character which was once achieved in Scotland by highly skilled operatives known as "jakeys" pumping town gas through the liquid.

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works for me! i'll take a double with a hint of soda (to bring out the nose) PS NO ICE!

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Actually, the distillery is in Osaka.....

Ōyamazaki is a town located in Otokuni District, Kyoto Prefecture. But actually its right between Osaka and Kyoto, so could be either.

I sincerely recommend a visit to the yamazaki distillery btw. :)

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Oyamazaki is a town located in Otokuni District, Kyoto Prefecture. But actually its right between Osaka and Kyoto, so could be either. yamazaki is a town located in Otokuni District, Kyoto Prefecture. But actually its right between Osaka and Kyoto, so could be either.<

True, but the distillery isn't actually in Oyamazaki. It's in Shimamoto cho in Osaka Prefecture.

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In Kansai and interested in touring the Yamazaki distillery? Check this : http://en.japantravel.com/view/whisky-tour-between-osaka-and-kyoto

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It's in Osaka according to the road signs-I was there and had a good few samples.......

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Interesting, since Spanish wines like Rioja often use casks of American oak.

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Stacy Kurokawa Cooke

In Kansai and interested in touring the Yamazaki distillery? Check this :

Or cut out the middleman (woman,perhaps?) and go direct to the tour page on their website.

http://theyamazaki.jp/en/distillery/index.html

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