Fukano and Ohishi Whiskies at The Whisky Shop #SFO Friday March 31st, 10AM – 7PM – Japanese Whisky News


Fukano and Ohishi Whiskies

with Distillery Guests

10AM – 2PM  

Join us March 31st for a full day of world whiskies. From 10AM-2PM we’ll be pouring Japanese whiskies by Ohishi and Fukano distilleries, presented by the distillery owners themselves. Then from 5-7, we’ll be pouring Pürgeist Bavarian whiskey with distillery representatives.  

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Japanese Whiskey Pour List:

Ohishi Brandy Cask
Ohishi Sherry Cask
Fukano Brandy Cask

About Fukano:

Fukano Distillery is located in Hitoyoshi City, of the Kumamoto Prefecture of Japan on the island of Kyushu. Owner Shigeruriku Fukano is the fifth generation of his family to run the distillery. They use a combination of malted and un-malted rice to make their whisky, resulting in a smooth, deliciously balanced product with hints of old wheated bourbon, sea salt, and caramel. Each bottling of this special, limited edition whisky is only available a few times a year. Our guest Fukano-san is the American sales manager from Fukano Distillery.

 About Ohishi:

 is the closest distillery to the source of the Kuma River, a river renowned for its superior water quality. Blessed with fertile soil and clear underground water, Ohishi Distillery produces it’s own rice for use in their whiskies, with traditionally organic methods – koi fish are employed to keep the rice fields free of weeds. With about 1200 Sherry and Brandy casks, Ohishi Distillery puts a lot of effort into maturing its products over a long period of time, transforming their locally produced rice liquor into engaging and flavorful whiskies. Our guest Oishi-san is the 6th generation master distiller from this distillery.



The Whisky Exchange “My love affair with Irish whiskey” – Irish Whiskey News


The water wheel at the Old Midleton Distillery

My love affair with Irish whiskey

Many people believe that whisky is all about Scotch. Even though whiskies from other countries such as Japan, Taiwan and Ireland are pretty good, why bother when you have such an array of styles from Scotland?

The truth is that what I find in Irish whiskey, I cannot find in any other whisky. There is an elegance and fruitiness that is unique to these style of whiskies, the older whiskies even have a tropical-fruit character that is a personal favourite.

Irish whiskey styles

What makes these whiskeys different? Firstly, they produce a style of whiskey called pot still – this is whiskey made with both malted and unmalted barley. Secondly, most of the Irish single malts and pot-still whiskeys are triple distilled rather than the traditional Scottish style of being double distilled. Triple distillation produces a lighter and fruitier style of whiskey, whilst the pot-still style gives a rich, fuller-style whiskey with complexity and creaminess.

Blended Irish whiskey is also slightly different to Scotch blends in that it usually contains a mix of all three styles of Irish whiskey: single malt, pot still and grain. I find these Irish blends very good – they are great for introducing new people to whisk(e)y and mix very well with water, soda or ginger ale to create long drinks.

In my 30-year whisky journey, I have changed preferences many times. I have been crazy about whisky from sherry casks, then I was a peathead, changing from style to style, although not really from distillery to distillery as you can find many styles even within each distillery. But I never fell out of love with Irish whiskey, and as time evolves, I am more and more in love with it. It is the fruit element that brings me back again and again, as well as the creaminess of the pot-still character.

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The Old Bushmills Distillery in Northern Ireland


In some ways I find the Irish whiskey industry similar to that of Japan. Ireland is dominated by two big players: Irish Distillers and Bushmills; in Japan, it is Suntory and Nikka. In both cases, the distillers in these countries were competitive and did not swap stock for use in blends, as they do in Scotland. They were therefore reliant on their own production to produce enough variants of malt or pot-still whisky that could be used to make up their house blends and core range. And in terms of flavour, both countries produce whisky which are easy drinking; they are different, but are both lighter in style.

In Japan, Yamazaki produces many styles of malt whisky by using different-shaped stills and numerous cut points, whereas Irish Distillers uses a variety of mash bills (as well as different cut points).

Suntory’s core range of Yamazaki whisky consists of the 12 Year Old, 18 Year Old and 25 Year Old, but even though these whiskies are produced in one distillery, they actually contain different styles of malt whisky produced at the distillery. By contrast, Irish Distillers uses its variety of mash bills for its core range of products. This means that all the pot-still whiskies in the range we see are from one distillery: Midleton. Its core range includes Redbreast, Green Spot, Powers John’s Lane and, of course, Midleton.

Irish whiskey companies have been very pioneering and sales of Irish whiskey are growing fast. With this increased popularity, many new distilleries have opened recently and more are in the pipeline; I believe that there are more than 30 current planning applications for new distilleries across Ireland. Watch out, Scotland!

If you have never tried Irish whiskey, I hope I have convinced you to try some. I would recommend the following to begin your journey:


Teeling Single Grain

Bushmills 10 Year Old

Connemara Green Spot

Redbreast 12 Year Old

Robbie’s Drams Whisky Merchants – March 2017 Newsletter – Scotch Whisky News


Good Afternoon Ladies & Gents

A quick update on a few stock items that may be of interest. We have listed below a new selection of collectable and investible whiskies for your perusal. That being said, the whiskies listed below are not only collectable and investible, they are also affordable and damn-good drinking whiskies. Please note that the stock that we carry of these products is very limited. This is only a tiny representation of our collectable range, for more details on the full selection visit our Old & Rare, Collectible, Luxury and our Non-Auction sections online.

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Whisky Wednesday Review Jameson Crested – Irish Whiskey News

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Hello everyone! Sadly I missed the boat last week for a Saint Patrick’s day review, but alas, here is my review on Jameson Crested! I’ve always had a love affair with Irish whisky. It culminates everything that is great about whisky as a whole; history, art, work ethic and enjoyment. But the Irish have always had a hearty and rebellious element following them through history, the whisky is no different. The Crested brings more pot still whisky into the mix, a long with focusing maturation more towards the sherry side. It’s a wonderfully affordable, easy drinking product that no whisky drinker should over look. Enjoy!


Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 157: Turv Exloo Prime Whisky 2016 Single Cask – Dutch Whisky News


Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 157: Turv Exloo Prime Whisky 2016 Single Cask

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky blogger, tries a controversial release from Holland. The Turv Exloo Distillery, founded in 2015, released their Prime Whisky in July 2016. But of course this is not whisky – it is a three-month-old spirit. So the Dutch authorities stepped in and forced the distillery to remove the word ‘whisky’ from the label. The owners felt this was ‘rubbish’ and ‘narrow-minded’ as they can make whisky that is ‘as good or even better’ (their words, not Mark’s!) than Scotch. A bold statement. Let’s find out.

Celebrating a once in a lifetime collection “The Macallan Legacy Collection” – Scotch Whisky News

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Since 2005 The Macallan and master French crystal maker Lalique have united behind an unwavering commitment to craft, mastery and beauty. Nowhere is this more evident than in The Macallan in Lalique Six Pillars odyssey, an exclusive series of limited edition decanters inspired by the foundations upon which The Macallan creates its exceptional single malt whiskies. Now, for the first and only time direct from The Macallan, the complete Six Pillars collection will be available to buy at auction, with all net proceeds going to charity.


Celebrating the decade-long partnership and the unique approach to the art of both crystal and whisky production in the obsessive pursuit of perfection, The Macallan in Lalique Legacy Collection brings together some of the rarest of The Macallan single malts, aged from 50 to 65 years old. The Legacy Collection is housed in a bespoke natural ebony cabinet created by Lalique Maison and includes six pairs of specially designed Lalique Macallan glasses. The cabinet also holds six of The Macallan Fine & Rare miniatures; two from each of the 1937, 1938 and 1939 vintages, signifying the zenith of Lalique’s creative contribution in the French Art Deco period. The grand finale of an incredible collaboration, The Macallan in Lalique Legacy Collection will go to auction for charity at Sotheby’s Hong Kong on Sunday 2nd April 2017.

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Ledaig 19 Year Old Marsala Cask Finish at Abbey Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

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Ledaig 19 Year Old | Marsala Cask Finish


Ledaig distillery started producing peated single malt in 1997, this 19 year old Ledaig has been created using some of the first spirit distilled back then. Laid to rest in American oak casks, then transferred and finished for period of time in Marsala wine casks, resulting in a rich, sweet peated single malt.


QC Relish and Whisky Spring 2017 – Whisky News

QC Relish

QC Relish and Whisky publishes their seventh issue just in time to celebrate St Patrick’s day with the best Irish drinks, including a new, old twist on the Irish coffee. An exclusive interview with Spencer Gooderham unveils the highly regarded Four Grain Whisky by Gooderham & Worts. In every issue, find recipes featuring Green and Black’s quality chocolate, information about the time honoured tradition of whisky-making by Johanne McInnis and what’s latest and greatest in the world of whisky by notable whisky expert, Davin de Kergommeaux.

QC Relish and Whisky Spring 2017

London Boiler Makers from the Whisky Exchange – Whisky News


To celebrate the launch of London Beer Week 2017, Jane takes a look at the boilermaker, a classic pairing that is now a sophisticated serve in the capital’s best bars.

Existing in dive bars as a shot and a beer for generations, a boilermaker used to be the all-American male choice of beverage, gaining its name from industrial metalworkers who were quite possibly in need of a boilermaker after a hard day’s work.

The boilermaker – the perfect serve of whiskey and beer

Today, the boilermaker has evolved beyond its typical confines to become a drink that encompasses craft lagers, ales and stouts and all types of refined spirits and liqueurs. With each sip (beer in one hand, whiskey in the other) the flavour combinations get better and better – a boilermaker with the added finesse of a bartender’s touch.

In fact, as The New York Times put it, a shot and a beer has entered ‘today’s hushed temples of the craft cocktail, where complexity and creativity are often prized over a belt and a brew’.

As the boilermaker has grown up, so has its flavours and varieties, thanks in part to the craft-beer movement and finesse in spirit making. From the many possibilities just within the whisky world – Scotch, Irish whiskey, bourbon, Japanese whisky, rye whiskey, grain whiskey, peated whisky and moonshine – to pairing beer with bracing amaros, liqueurs, gin, Tequila and rum, the humble boilermaker has truly outgrown its origins.

This year at The Beer Edit, the highlight event of London Beer Week, you’ve got the chance to try some truly unique and tasty combinations of boilermaker. At the craft beer bar in the Beer Edit, you can order your choice of beer (and even mead, cider, and ginger brew) and spirit and sample this age-old serve. Here are six spirits to sip with your beer:

1. The Classic: Old Forester

Bourbon is the traditional spirit to sip alongside beer, and this silky American bourbon pairs well with just about anything you drink it with. Sharp at first, Old Forester softens quickly, with hints of oak, sweet corn, soft vanilla and light orange notes.


2. A SpicY Twist: Bulleit Rye Whiskey

Bringing astringent spice into play, rye whiskey boosts hoppy flavours, making them burst forth on the palate. This particular rye, Bulleit, is russet in colour, with rich oaky aromas and combines hints of vanilla, honey, and spice.

3. The Single Malt Scotch: Auchentoshan

Known for being more challenging and less sweet, Scotch brings a whole new side to boilermakers. Auchentoshan is great whisky which serves as a benchmark for Lowland single malts and has a smooth palate with hints of tangerine and lime, finished with a gingery and slightly drying pleasant lingering nuttiness.


4. A Beer Experiment: Glenfiddich IPA and Jameson Caskmates

Some whiskies are born to sip alongside beer, designed right from the moment of their conception to work in the beer world. Glenfiddich IPA is a Scotch whisky aged in barrels that have previously been home to an overly-hopped IPA, giving the barrel bold and zesty notes. Jameson Caskmates, on the other hand, has been aged in barrels that have been finished with a stout from Cork’s Franciscan Well brewery. This has added notes of cocoa, coffee and butterscotch to this classic Irish whiskey.

Ralfy Publishes Ralfy Review #634 – Scotch Whisky News


Ralfy explains the complex side of single malts with Ralfy Review 634 – Clynelish 14yo @ 46%vol (2017)

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