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Nikka Whisky Single Malt Miyagikyo 15 Years Old (Japan)

Rating
93.00
Price
$189.20

Masataka Taketsuru, born to a sake-brewing family 100 kilometres south of Hiroshima, journeyed to Scotland almost 100 years ago to study at the University of Glasgow. He returned with a degree in applied chemistry, a wife named Jessie Roberta and a passion for whisky. After a stint as the first master distiller for the company that would become Suntory, he founded Nikka in 1934. Now owned by brewer Asahi, Nikka was instrumental in cultivating Japanese whisky's up-market status. This is superb, as the Price would indicate. Mouthwatering at first, with a rounded barley-malt richness and fruity middle, it turns pleasantly dry, with a hint of smoke. I'm glad Taketsuru applied himself to whisky rather than, say, haggis sushi.

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Beppi Crosariol writes about wine and spirits in the Globe Life and Style sections.He has been The Globe's wine and spirits columnist for more than 10 years. In the late 1990s, he also wrote a food trends column called The Biting Edge.Beppi used to cover business law for ROB and previously edited the paper's weekly technology section. More

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