dramtastic wrote:It's bizarre that the japs haven't marketed their whisky's in the States with the same vigor that they have cars and electronics etc. They certainly have a good enough product.
I went to an amazing Yamazaki tasting recently for the Hibiki 12 blend, which they'll be marketing in the states ... by December? And the Yamazaki rep told us it's US liquor laws, not Japanese indifference, that keeps so many of their single malts out of the US market. Something about the wood it's aged in. I believe he said they're hoping to get Hakushu here in the near future.
Let's up Nikka's lobbying for its products as well.
The tasting! We got to try the four elements that went into the Hibiki 12 (some Hakushu, Yamazaki, grain alcohol, and either Hakushu or Yamazaki finished in plumb liquor--if memory serves), Hibiki 12, Yamazaki 12 and 18, and, finally, some 1984 Yamazaki (drool). All amazing. I've been expending so much effort and money trying Japanese whiskies you can't get in the States (thanks to The Whisky Exchange, Royal Mile, and, for a brief window, a more favorable exchange rate), that I've neglected the Yamazakis you can get here. Both the 12 and 18 can stand up to any scotch at their respective price points.