Japanese Whisky - A Flavourful Journey
Japanese whisky has swiftly emerged as a sought-after contender in the global whisky arena, captivating palates and earning well-deserved recognition. Check out our online shop for our Japanese selection
It's creation is a blend of meticulous craftsmanship, quality ingredients, and a touch of innovation. It all starts with the careful selection of ingredients – premium malted barley and pristine water from natural springs. After mashing, where the barley is mixed with hot water to create wort, fermentation takes place. Yeast is introduced to the wort, converting sugars into alcohol, which forms the basis of the whiskey's flavour profile.
The distilled liquid, known as wash, undergoes a meticulous distillation process using pot stills. This process separates the alcohol from unwanted impurities, resulting in a refined distillate.
Maturation plays a crucial role in shaping the character of Japanese whisky. The spirit is aged in wooden casks, often Mizunara oak casks native to Japan. These casks contribute unique flavours like sandalwood and spices, and Japan's climate with its distinct seasons influences the aging process, creating a well-rounded and nuanced final product.
The art of blending comes next, where master blenders expertly combine different malt and grain whiskies to achieve a balanced and consistent flavour profile.
In this delicate balance between heritage and experimentation lies the allure of Japanese whisky. Its journey, from its inception to global acclaim, showcases how craftsmanship, culture, and creativity can harmonise to produce exceptional spirits that captivate the world's attention.
Article by Berlin Staff Writer Camille Neveu