Big in Japan – the growth of a whisky

We are delving into the world of Japanese whisky, taking a look at what makes it one of the most talked about drinks on the market!

Japanese Whisky

Yes, you heard it right, Japan is the up and coming force in world whisky. Gone are the days where sushi restaurants would be the only provider of Japanese beverages, with them now being a crucial part of any bar’s armoury.

Scottish Beginnings

Inspired by scotch whisky, the world has Masakata Taketsuru’s obsession with the Highlands blends to thank for the Yamazaki and Hibiki that we enjoy today. The legend has it the chief distiller of Yamazaki vowed nearly 100 years ago upon completing a tour of Scotland to not give up until he had made Japanese Whisky the world’s best – well he’s now not far off!

But which one?


Yes, there is now a vast array of Japanese whisky to choose from, but personal favourite at Cheers London is the 18 year Yamazaki. A texture to match the finest Scotch out there, drink it neat, and let it guide your night.

Of course, you should not limit your palette there. Hibiki and Nikkei stand up to the very finest of tests, and should not be ignored!

Article by John Kent