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    Smile New Japan member's liquor cabinet

    Howdy-- I live in Tokyo Japan...pretty new to whiskey drinkin', but this might, just might, be the best city in the world to sample whisk(e)y in all its varieties. The liquor stores here tend to have boubon/rye selections just as good as most US stores...

    If anyone has any questions about whisk(e)y in Japan please ask me and I'll do my best to answer...definitely not an expert though!

    Here's what's in my cabinet currently (in no particular order):
    Blanton's (standard)
    Four Roses (standard)
    Evan Williams 7 y.o.
    Basil Hayden
    W.L. Weller Centennial*** (probably my favorite)
    Old Overholt Rye
    I.W. Harper (standard)
    Black Maple Hill 18 year old rye (probably my biggest splurge purchase)

    Of the Japanese whisky I've sampled I'd recommend Taketsuru 17 year old. My knowledge of scotch is extremely limited.

    Other stuff in my cabinet: Luxardo Maraschino, Tanqueray No. 10, Glennfidich 12 year old, Angostura bitters, Campari and Kahlua.


    Anyway, that's about it from here. Just thought I'd introduce myself and I look forward to many bourbon and rye interactions in the near future!

    PS. I really don't know that much...I just know enought to get a rough idea of what I like. Right now it's all about sampling a lot of different things. Really looking forward to learning a lot about bourbon on here.
    Last edited by Robmo; 02-24-2011 at 20:13. Reason: correct typos

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    Re: New Japan member's liquor cabinet

    Hey Rob, welcome aboard, that's a good cross section you have there. I expect you know the Centennial is a wheat recipe Bourbon and is also well liked among the SB members. If you like that style you will find lots to talk about here.

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    Re: New Japan member's liquor cabinet

    Rob,

    Welcome aboard! So, you've found the Weller Centennial.....not only it is fairly plentiful in Japan, it's cheap!! Buy all you can, while you can. THere's planty of gems to be found in Japan, but often they come at a price.
    Blantons Gold os one of my favourites, and fairly easy to come by over there. Four Roses Platinum is also quite good.

    Cheers

    Scott
    "I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day" - Frank Sinatra

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    Re: New Japan member's liquor cabinet

    I wonder, does Japan have a big stash of Centenial from years ago (when it was available in the U.S.)? The other possibility, BT still makes it for export?

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    Re: New Japan member's liquor cabinet

    Nice to hear all that information about Centennial. I do agree I should probably stock up on a few bottles. It isn't easy to find, but I know one or two places here in Tokyo that carry it.

    So I take it it's not too easy to find in the states?

    As for prices in Japan a few items do get a premium markup but a lot of bargains here as well. On my last trip home I noticed the bourbon was more expensive stateside probably because of the exchange rate.

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    Re: New Japan member's liquor cabinet

    I misread the thread title & thought I was going to see or hear about a member of the Japanese president's cabinet who was a liquor afficianado.

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    Re: New Japan member's liquor cabinet

    Just out of curiousity, are you born and raised in Japan, or do you just live there now?

    Interesting info you have there, and welcome to Straight Bourbon.

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    Re: New Japan member's liquor cabinet

    Quote Originally Posted by Robmo View Post
    On my last trip home I noticed the bourbon was more expensive stateside probably because of the exchange rate.
    Ahh, I guess I have an answer here, I didn't notice this before. Sorry.

    Anyway, welcome!

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    Re: New Japan member's liquor cabinet

    One thing I do know... is that many Japanese have REALLY expensive tastes

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    Re: New Japan member's liquor cabinet

    Quote Originally Posted by Parkersback View Post
    I misread the thread title & thought I was going to see or hear about a member of the Japanese president's cabinet who was a liquor afficianado.

    Oh, and also, hello, and welcome, glad you are here.

 

 

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