Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Drink this Now.

I've recently discovered the joys of Japanese whiskies. Currently, you'll find 5 behind the bar at Fiola. The one I am currently enjoying is the Nikka 15 year single malt, "Yoichi". Yoichi is the name of the distillery on Japan's northern most island, Hokkaido. Hokkaido has the most coastline of any of the Japanese islands, and it is about the same size as Scotland.

Japanese Whiskies at Fiola Bar

I've made it clear in the past I love the peatier, Islay style whiskies. The Nikka whiskies certainly embody that more than any other Japanese whiskey. Don't get me wrong. You're not going to mistake this for a Lagavullin or Laphroiag. There is a subtleness there. The 15 year has a slight creaminess to it which softens the peat, but the chewiness is still there on the palate.

For those of you looking to try something a bit different, I can't recommend the Japanese whiskies enough. The blended whiskies are almost done with a winemaker's sensibilities and are delicate yet flavorful all at the same time. The single malts are elevated examples of the land where they're from. Don't pass up the opportunity to try one!


Jeff Faile
Bar Manager & Mixologist