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The Kurayoshi Pure Malt Whisky Aged 18 Years

Light bright gold. Fruity – including dried orange peel and heather – vanilla, and, elegantly sweet. Balanced and fine. Medium-plus bodied. Delicious. This pure malt from Matsui Shuzou Distillery is a blend of malt whiskies from Scotland and Japanese malt whiskies. And therefore not a Single Malt even though it …

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Decanter World Wine Awards 2019

BREAKING NEWS! DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS 2019 The 16th annual competition was judged in London  between 29 April and 3 May 2019.  Close to 17,000 wines were entered from 57 different countries. In the Asia category, these were the number of wines entered: China 265 (45% awarded a medal) Japan 84 (61% …

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The Story of Koshu

It is my belief that Koshu, the grape, originates from China. Between 630 and 838, the Japanese court sent 19 official missions to Tang China (618 – 907). That timeline co-incides with local Japanese legend that Buddhist monk Gyoki planted the first vines in 718 in Yamanashi. The 19 missions went to China to learn about …

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