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Spirits of The Past
Banana Sherry everywhere. This is the 68th Annual Banana Festival. The ultimate evolution of the Josephine Baker. A drink that began life as a rejected submission for @worldclassus years ago that finally saw the light of day in Kentucky at the 2019 National Finals. Constant Reinvention.
There's a new post up on BottledInBondLA.com. Continuing this month's conversation about Nikka comes the news that Nikka will be discontinuing the Taketsuru 17, 21, and 25 Year old expressions as of March of 2020. The Taketsuru line represents NIkka’s history. It pays homage to its founding father as well as combining the art of both of the company’s distinct distilleries. The loss of the Taketsuru line is the loss of a piece of history but it does open a future. Whisky, and in particular Japanese Whisky, is having an incredibly large moment. Bit even if whisky distilled 25 years ago is being depleted left and right the world, and the flavor, that whisky represents is gone. The challenge now is to find the way to create the spirit that fills the barrel to be bottled in 25 years while still keeping the lights on in the years between.
With @sussexroyal removing themselves from official duties I thought there might be a job opening in the British Royal Family. Sadly, I believe my sword based application was rejected.
The world's on fire and anything can be a parking lot. But at least we live here, at the edge of it all.
I love a good story and Nikka Whisky certainly has a good story. A story of both an excellently crafted whiskey but also a phenomenal story of the life of the company’s founder, Masataka Taketsuru. The month of January is especially important to the story of Taketsuru and his redheaded Scottish wife, Rita. So, I thought I’d take some time and look at a few of Nikka’s offerings for the rest of January. First up on Bottledinbondla.com is a wee dram of Nikka Days.
Sometimes I make drinks. Sometimes I look like a Mafia Don. Sometimes I do both. 📸: @eugeneshoots