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House of Suntory introduces the Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016

 

Screen Shot 2016-02-07 at 3.36.49 PMAfter being named as the best whisky in the world by Jim Murray’s revered Whisky Bible, the Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask from 2013 gets revived for a 2016 release. Aging in sherry casks has been a tradition for the House of Suntory since opening in 1924. Chief Blender Shinji Fukuyo personally visits Spain to handpick the oak used to create the casks and oversees the entire aging process, which takes three years before it’s shipped to the distillery. Blends for this batch were chosen from more than 100 malt whiskies to develop the complex flavor and have been aged for two more years than its 2013 predecessor. Fukuyo recommends the spirit to be served neat.

“On its own, there is a clear and fresh top note. A raisin-like, deep sweetness that is both elegant and rich. You immediately taste the complexity of this liquid and the fine balance of maturity and delicateness. Served on the rocks, the flavour opens as you begin to taste the Delaware grape-like sweetness and its slightly bitter acidity. When cut with water, there is a soft sweetness that blossoms like the first apples of the harvest.”

The Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016 will be limited to just 5,000 bottles globally and is available at select stores now.

Bonhams auction house (Hong Kong) to auction rare Japanese whiskey

 

Whiskey shaved ice: A frozen treat for adults in Kyoto

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One of the most popular ways to cool yourself off during a muggy Japanese summer is with a bowl of shaved ice, known as kakigoori. However, not everyone has the sweet tooth or enduring connection to their inner child that’s necessary to enjoy the brightly colored, syrupy sweet frozen treat that’s usually flavored like strawberry, melon, or lemon.

Thankfully, if you’re looking for a chilled dessert that’s a little more adult, a restaurant in Kyoto has just the thing: shaved ice with whiskey.

During the summer, many high-rises in Japan open beer gardens on their roofs. Soradoko in Kyoto, which is open from now until October, decided to shake up its menu a little bit, and instead of focusing on beer, makes whiskey highballs its specialty.

 

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This, of course, means Soradoko has to keep a lot of whiskey on hand, which has in turn led to it getting a little creative with whiskey shaved ice. Made with either Yamazaki or Shirasu, two of Suntory’s best-known brands, both the Mizore Yamazaki and Mizore Shirasu come with lemon, Soradoko’s own mildly sweet syrup, and soda water.

 

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Aside from its 1,200 yen (US$11.90) whiskey shaved ice, Soradoko also has a variety of cocktails in its Fruit Jar series. The flavors offered are made with tropical fruits from Miyazaki Prefecture, such as mango and hyuganatsu citrus.

 

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Soradoko isn’t strictly for drinkers, as there’s food on the menu too. The restaurant is managed by the same company as the Tsukada Nojo chain of izakaya pubs, and there’s even some crossover between the menu, such as flat-grilled Miyazaki Jitokko chicken.

 

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Restaurant information
Soradoko / 空床
Address: Kyoto-fu, Kyoto-to, Nakagyo-ku, Sanjodori Kawaramachi Higashi-iri, Nakajimacho 110, Sanjo Forum Building rooftop
京都府京都市中京区三条通河原町東入中島町110 三条フォーラムビル屋上
Open 5 p.m.-midnight

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16 facts about India that will blow your mind

 

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India is one of the world’s largest economies, and it has the second largest population. This means things in India tend to be fairly large-scaled — consider its network of roads, consumer spending, or its youth population. But it also experiences some problems on a large scale like suicides and road accidents. We pulled together some staggering statistics from the sub-continent.

 

India’s road network is long enough to loop around Earth over 117 times.

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India’s road network totals 4.7 million kilometers and is the second largest in the world. Earth has a circumference of 40,075 kms.

Source: CIA World FactBook

 


New Delhi’s air is the most polluted in the world.

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The World Health Organization found that New Delhi’s PM 2.5 — particulate matter that is 2.5 micrometers or less and that is dangerous for lungs — mean was 152 micrograms per cubic meter. This was nearly three times that of Beijing which has an annual mean of 59.

Source: The New York Times


The wettest place in the world is in India, and it averages about 40 feet of rain a year.

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While Cherrapunji, India, likes to advertise itself as the wettest place in the world, it is argued that a neighboring town, Mawsynram, could in fact top it. On average, Mawsynram gets about 467.35 inches of rain per year, while Cherrapunji gets up 463.66 inches. Hawaii’s Mount Waialeale receives about 450 inches of rain each year.

Source: Weather.com


One person died on the road in India every three minutes in 2012.

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India saw 138,258 people die in road accidents in 2012. But in terms of the number of deaths per 100,000, India’s accident death rate equaled 18.9 for every 100,00 people, only slightly higher than the global average of 18.

Source: Quartz


India will become the world’s youngest country by 2020.
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By 2020, the median age in India will be 29. The population in the 15-34 age group is expected to rise from 430 million in 2011 to 464 million in 2021.

 


India consumes about half of the world’s whiskey.

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India consumed about 1.2 billion liters of whiskey in 2012. While India is the world’s largest whiskey market by volume, on a per capita basis, France takes the top spot.

Source: Quartz


 

India exports over $415 million worth of hair a year.

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Hindus donate their hair in temples as a spiritual offering, especially those who can’t afford to donate money or jewelry. About 40,000 pilgrims are believed to donate their hair every day.

Source: The Economic Times


 

India’s 25 richest people have a combined net worth of $174.8 billion, which is about as much as Ukraine’s GDP.

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Mukesh Ambani is India’s richest man and is worth $24.2 billion. Ukraine has a nominal GDP of $176.2 billion, according to the IMF.

Source: Forbes


About 25% of India’s land is turning into desert — that’s the equivalent of three United Kingdoms.

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Overuse and changing rainfall patterns have led to massive land degradation in India. Of the land in India, 81 million hectares (810,000 km2) face “desertification.” This has raised concerns about food security.

Source: Reuters


Consumer spending in India is expected to triple by 2020.

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Indian consumer spending is projected to rise to $3.6 trillion in 2020, from $991 billion in 2010.

 


India has the world’s largest dairy cow population.

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There were 44.9 million dairy cows in India in 2011 and about 260 dairy million cows in the world. Of the world’s dairy cows, 17.2% reside in India.

Source: DairyCo


India saw 371 suicides a day in 2012.

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In 2012, 135,445 people committed suicide in India, according to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). Suicide rates were the highest in Puducherry at 36.8 for every 100,000 people. Student suicides are a huge problem as well.

Source: The Hindu


India’s medical tourism industry is set to equal $2 billion by next year — that’s about the GDP of Greenland.

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Medical tourism in India is centered on orthopedics and cardiology. “India is the world’s medical travel thrift destination with savings of 60-90% on an array of procedures. Harvard-affiliated Wockhardt Hospital has performed more than 20,000 heart procedures, with 98%+ success rates (surpassing US and EU standards).”

Source: Medical Tourism Resource Guide/The Economic Times


India has over 275 billion tons of coal reserves: That’s the equivalent of 1.37 billion blue whales.

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India is expected to pass the U.S. to become the world’s second largest coal consumer over the next 20 years. This will primarily be driven by its electric power sector. A blue whale weighs 200 tons.

Source: EIA/Business Standard


India was the fourth most dangerous country for journalists last year.

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India saw 13 reporters killed in 2013, according to the International News Safety Institute (INSI). Syria and Iraq, both countries dealing with armed conflict, had the highest number of deaths, followed by the Philippines.

Source: Reuters


 

The most expensive home in India cost $1 billion to make, about the same as Somalia’s GDP.

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Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s home, Antilla, cost $1 billion to construct, making it the most expensive home in the world. Somalia has a GDP of $1.3 billion.

 

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“3D on the Rocks”: Beautiful Japanese whiskey campaign uses 3D milled ice sculptures created using a precision drill

3D on the Rocks” is a beautiful ad campaign created by Japanese ad house TBWA/Hakuhodo for Suntory Whiskey using 3D milled ice sculptures created using a precision drill, based on concepts originated from crowdsourced ideas.

 

http://3drocks.jp/en/gallery/chair/Ice Shark

Ice MermaidIce Guitar

Ice DavidIce Statue of Liberty Sculpture

Ice KinkakujiIce Sphinx

images via Suntory Whiskey/3D on the Rocks

via Spoon & Tamago

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Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark acquired by Suntory (Japan) in $13.62 billion deal

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ASSOCIATED PRESS:
The maker of classic American whiskeys Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark has agreed to be acquired by a Japanese company in a $13.62 billion deal that would create the third largest global premium spirits business.

Shares of Beam Inc. rose 24 percent on Monday after it said that it agreed to be purchased by Suntory Holdings Ltd., a Japanese beverage company. The combined company would have annual sales of more than $4.3 billion.

The deal follows other recent acquisitions in the alcohol industry, including Anheuser-Busch InBev’s $20.1 billion deal last year to buy the other half of Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo that it didn’t already own.

It also comes at a time when the taste for bourbon — a type of American whisky that is made primarily of corn and typically distilled in Kentucky — continues to grow domestically and abroad.

In the U.S., sales volume for bourbon and Tennessee whiskeys such as Jack Daniels has grown 26 percent over the past decade, according to the Distilled Spirits Council, and industry group. Exports of U.S. whiskeys has grown to roughly $1 billion last year, more than double what it was a decade ago.

Demand is so robust that Beam last year even considered reducing the alcohol content for Maker’s Mark because of a supply shortage. The company scrapped the idea after a backlash by fans of the higher-end bourbon.

We’re basically in the middle of a global whiskey renaissance,” said Frank Coleman, a spokesman for the Distilled Spirits Council.

Suntory and Beam already had a relationship. Suntory distributes Beam products in Japan and has a portfolio of spirits with whiskies, including Yamazaki and Hakushu as well as Midori liqueur and other beverages. And Beam, which is based in Deerfield, Ill., distributes Suntory’s products in Singapore and other Asian markets.

Suntory President and Chairman Nobutada Saji said in a statement that the acquisition will help Suntory further its global growth. In recent years, Suntory has also purchased French beverage maker Orangina Schweppes Group and GlaxoSmith Kline’s Lucozade and Ribena drinks.

Beam spokesman Clarkson Hine said for now, the deal will result in few changes for fans of Beam’s bourbons. He also said that Beam, which was spun off as a stand-alone liquor company in 2011 from conglomerate Fortune Brands Inc., will continue with its current management.

It’s business as usual,” Hine said, noting that Suntory has indicated it wants the company to “keep doing what we’re doing.”

Allen Adamson, managing director of Landor Associates, a New York-based branding firm, said Beam can gain a competitive advantage from being part of bigger company with deeper pockets. He said that ownership by a foreign company shouldn’t hurt the All-American images of Beam’s brands.

The trick is to maintain its authenticity, and not muck with the core elements,” he said.

Suntory will pay $83.50 per share, a 25 percent premium to Beam’s Friday closing price of $66.97. The companies put the deal’s value at about $16 billion, including debt.

Suntory plans to fund the deal with available cash and fully committed financing from The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ. Both companies’ boards unanimously approved the transaction, which is targeted to close in the second quarter.

The deal needs approval from Beam Inc. stockholders.

Shares of Beam rose $16.14 to $83.11.

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CGI Bruce Lee in Johnnie Walker whiskey commercial

To promote its popular Blue Label line, Johnnie Walker whiskey has recently launched a new 90-second ad featuring late martial arts legend Bruce Lee, resurrected through computer graphics onto a balcony in posh modern day Hong Kong. Dubbed a “short inspirational film sponsored by Johnnie Walker” by director Joseph Kahn, the spot follows Lee spouting platitudes about dragons and water and walking, all in service of selling something his living self didn’t support in the first place.

Granted, Kahn did bring Lee’s daughter Shannon on board to advise the project (to ensure “accuracy”), and okay, he did release that disclaimer that the spot “isn’t about drinking, nor does Bruce Lee ever pitch, hold, talk about it [alcohol].”