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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.

Taiwanese single malt whisky awarded “World’s Best” title at the World Whiskies Awards

The World Whiskies Awards just took place, and the best whisky in the world isn’t from Scotland, but from Taiwan. Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique was named the best single malt in the world, boasting 57.5% ABV and produced by the King Car distillery in Taiwan.

The winning whisky is made through maturing the malt whisky in American oak barrels that previously held white and red wines. Other winners included Taketsuru Pure Malt 17 Year Old from Japan for the world’s best blended malt, and Ireland’s Redbreast Pot Still 15 Year Old for best pot-still whisky.

Check out the full list of winners at Bar Magazine’s website here, and let us know whether you’ll be trying some Kavalan.

Kim Jong-un wants to open a restaurant in Scotland

 Complex:

Kim Jong-un would like to open a restaurant in Scotland serving North Korean cuisine. The dictator already has a chain of restaurants throughout Asia called Pyongyang, and apparently possesses a soft spot for Scotland due in part to his love of whisky.

Experts claim Kim Jong-un is also fond of Scotland following the country’s attempts at gaining independence from the UK last year, as North Korea is keen to bolster its European ties with left-leaning countries.

He has previously opened a branch of the diner in Amsterdam (the first North Korean restaurant in the western world), although North Korean officials say the notion that their glorious leader is to open another in Scotland is “a nonsense.”

Let’s hope the food doesn’t look anything like this.