Open Bottle: Yamazaki 18 Year Single Malt Mizunara Cask

In today’s edition of things you’ll never get to taste: Yamazaki 50 Year Old!             On Friday August 17th 2018 a bottle of 1st edition Yamazaki 50 Year Old, one of only 50 bottles to exist, sold at auction for $312, 519.87. This is now the most expensive bottle of Japanese whisky ever sold at auction, beating theContinue reading “Open Bottle: Yamazaki 18 Year Single Malt Mizunara Cask”

Whiskey Wednesday: Hibiki’s Resonant Disappearance

Despite being a self avowed fanatic of American whiskey the thing I’ve found myself writing about and drinking the most recently has been Japanese whisky.  The last time we spoke way back in December I was drinking poetic about the Hakushu malts and the fact that though they often seem to be in the shadowContinue reading “Whiskey Wednesday: Hibiki’s Resonant Disappearance”

Whiskey Wednesday: A Bitter-Sweet Hakushu

Life is a bittersweet balance. I’ve been hosting Whiskey Wednesday for going on six years now. It’s exposed me to more bottles and drams than I can count, constantly challenged me to stretch my creative muscles, and introduced me to some of the most delightful nerds/people that I’ve ever met.  I’ve grown as a person, a bartender,Continue reading “Whiskey Wednesday: A Bitter-Sweet Hakushu”

Whiskey Wednesday: Traditional Yoichi Changes

After taking a look at what could be classified as one of the old school classics of Japanese Whisky, the new kid on the block, and the Americans jumping on the bandwagon I wanted to take a look at how things change.             While the Japanese Whisky world is less than 100 years old it is still deeplyContinue reading “Whiskey Wednesday: Traditional Yoichi Changes”

Whiskey Wednesday: The Yamazaki Price

What would you do with $130,000? Buy a house? A Tesla? Travel the world? Or maybe you decide screw it and go for the most expensive bottle of whisky ever sold: the Yamazaki 50 year old single malt 2005 release. In October of 2016 one of the 250 bottles of Yamazaki distilled in the mid-1950sContinue reading “Whiskey Wednesday: The Yamazaki Price”

Whiskey Wednesday: The Harmonious Hibiki Harmony

In recent years Japan, traditionally the Land of the Rising Sun could easily be called the Land of the Rising Whisky. And while that is a terrible turn of phrase, it is nevertheless true. Ever since Glenfiddich started promoting their Single Malt in the States in 1963 whiskey drinkers- especially malt whiskey drinkers, have beenContinue reading “Whiskey Wednesday: The Harmonious Hibiki Harmony”