More frequently, the Japanese whisky market - which has been churning out the drink since the 1920s - is becoming established globally.
This year, the Yamazaki 25-year old (owned by “Lost in Translation" famed company, Suntory) was named the world's best single malt whisky in the World Whiskies Awards. And it's understandable why. Japanese whisky is dangerously drinkable, often more gentle and with less bite than Scotch, but with equal flavour. The country is continually expanding and experimenting, so watch out for more of it hitting our bar and supermarket shelves in London soon.
So where in London can you expand your whisky taste buds and try the world's best single malt whisky with its rich, sherry and raisin single malt?
If you're after Japanese food and whisky, head over to one of Tsuru Sushi's three locations. The restaurant also does its own Japanese whisky tastings from time to time if you fancy a greater education, so watch out for those on their website. Try the Yamazaki 25-year old neat after dinner, or as a long drink (called a “mizuwari" in Japan) with one part whisky and three parts soda water. Also check out '60s bastion of cool, Sake No Hana, on St James Street to get your sushi and Japanese whisky fill.
Meanwhile, if you fancy trying a wide range of Japanese whiskies but want to skip dinner, visit the Athenaeum bar on Piccadilly, where whisky sommelier Angelo Gobbi will take you through the range, or visit Vinopolis, in which also lies The Whisky Exchange, where you can purchase bottles or partake in a whisky class to learn more.
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