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A Perfect Pairing: Frank Clegg’s Guide to Japanese Whisky

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A Perfect Pairing: Frank Clegg’s Guide to Japanese Whisky

A Perfect Pairing: Frank Clegg’s Guide to Japanese Whisky

Japanese single malts and blended whiskeys have found a place on the most distinguished shelves and menus in the world.

Japanese single malts and blended whiskeys have found a place on the most distinguished shelves and menus in the world.

Well before Beyonce sang “Yamazaki on the rocks” in LOVEHAPPY, Japanese whisky has been penetrating American pop culture and attaching itself to the mythology of luxury and exclusivity.

For over two decades Japanese whisky has taken the mixology world by storm and found its place atop lists of the best whiskies in the world. At the 2010 World Whisky Awards, whiskies from Japan won prizes in two of the top three categories for Scottish-style whiskey. Brands, from Yamazaki to Suntory to Hakushu, demonstrate the depth of Japan’s offerings and challenge our notions that the only acceptable, or even exquisite, whiskies are solely from the British Isles.

When and how:

For a refreshing daytime cocktail, try a Toki Highball. Suntory Toki whisky is a lighter bodied blend that is subtly sweet, with a hint of vanilla oak, white pepper and ginger. To prepare a Suntory Whisky Toki Highball properly, fill a tall glass to the brim with ice. Add one measure of whisky and club soda. Garnish with lemon or yuzu (Japanese key lime).

For a memorable evening, where you’ve worn your favorite cufflinks and enjoyed an excellent meal, top it off with Hakushu 18. This single malt has a long finish and is fruity, with a delicate honey sweetness and subtle smokiness.

Cigars at a rooftop bar are best paired with Hibiki Harmony, a blended whisky with hints of candied orange, cinnamon, and rosemary. It has a medium finish with notes of dark chocolate and honey.

Pair it well:

Arrive at a casual business meeting, or for an afterwork happy hour, with The Port Brief in cognac.

A special evening is not the same without your American Alligator Bifold Wallet in chocolate.

For an elegant and relaxed open-air gathering, complete your look with the Shrunken Grain Leather Belt in black.



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