The ascent of Japanese whisky

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Perhaps more than any other people, the Japanese have mastered the subtle art of the bar. In Kyoto, where the giant beverage company Suntory has its most famous whisky distillery, in the suburb of Yamazaki, the bar has reached rare heights of sophistication, with a meditative introspection that seems to unconsciously match and complement the local whiskies.

Japanese bartending is being imitated increasingly in the West, by barmen who marvel at the techniques and instruments that make it unique. Many now use elegant long spoons made only in Japan for mixing drinks, and several have even adopted the Japanese practice of carving perfectly round ice balls. This refined attention to detail perfectly suits the small 12-seat Japanese bar and its unobtrusive hospitality.

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Published by Nicolas

The Wednesday 01 May 2013 at 15h21

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