MrTattieHeid wrote: I imagine Japan is likely the biggest market in Asia for Scotch, both in terms of taste and the money they are willing to spend. It doesn't surprise me that they get any number of special bottlings. Wish I could work out a way to get some o' that Ardbeg CS, though.
Just so happens that I have a spare bottle of the Ardbeg 10YO CS for Japan, I believe I have a spare of the 1990 CS also, but as I ship all my bottles back to be stored at home I will have to double check the inventory when I get back to the US (maybe November). Let me know if you are interested and maybe we can work something out. In my humble opinion the 1990 CS is far superior.
You are correct that Japan is the biggest market in Asia for Scotch and if I recall correctly it is the 2nd largest Scotch consuming country in the world behind Germany(?) .
It is staggering to see how much the Japanese appreicate whisky. There are a great number of whisky bars here that have in excess of 300 bottles on their shelves that are available to drink, including some very rare ones such as Black Bowmore, Springbank West Highland 1966 24YO, SB Local Barleys..... and as whisky was intended, they drink them. Offered alot of opportunities for me to walk in and sample alot of different drams that I otherwise could not afford.
There are quite a few Japan only bottlings made. Off the top of my head I know the Ardbeg 10 YO CS, 1990 CS (although some were held back at the distillery), Sherry Cask No. 4700 and Springbank has also done quite a few (I believe the most). There are a few dumpy and pear shaped bottles that are in high demand by collectors now and a very odd Springbank Saxplayer that was made for Japanese businessmen to exchange as gifts (a plastic saxplayer that had a 350ml bottle of vintage springbank in it).
An interesting note (at least for me
) is if you watch ebay you will notice an absence of people from Japan who participate in the auctions. This is because: 1) It is illegal to ship alcohol out of Japan (although there are ways
), but there are a few buyers I know that are extremely active in purchasing off of ebay 2) Yahoo Auction Japan is very well established and entrenched in Japan as one of their primary means of selling and trading whisky, especially rare bottles. It is staggering how many bottles of whisky trade hands on this site even at $3K a pop.
Sorry about the long winded spiel. MrTattieHeid, let me know about the Ardbeg.