Whiskey War: Japan’s Hibiki Vies Scotch Brands for Sales, Awards
By Rocky Swift and Masatsugu Horie
"...Barrels from a type of Asian oak, put to use when supply from America dried up during World War II, infuse Yamazaki’s whiskies cured in the wood with what’s been described as a distinctive “old temple” aroma.
Japanese makers need to play up those differences if they’re to scratch out a bigger presence overseas, Buxrud said.
“These components contribute to broadening the aroma and taste spectrum of whiskey,” he said. “They are not copy-cats....”
> Interesting...Asian Oak..not familiar with the species...old temple aroma...hmmm...what is that...incense, must?