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Recipe: Japanese Whisky | Monteiths Edinburgh

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We’re a passionate bunch at Monteiths with a real flavour for freshly prepared, locally sourced Scottish food alongside great cocktails. Our team have curated a selection of great food & drink Scottish recipes for you to try at home. Hopefully these give you a taste of what we’re all about.

Japanese Whisky

As you’d expect from a bar located squarely on the Royal Mile and specialising in ‘contemporary Scottish’ we sell whisky, and lots of it. One trend that we’ve noticed in recent years is the rise in popularity of Japanese whisky. In years gone by we’d have guests ask for ‘whisky flights’ of Scotland - basically a short tasting session offering a whistlestop tour of the major producing areas. This year, more and more guests have been asking us for more international flights that compare Japanese and Scotch whisky.

The first question is why the comparison; sure they’re both whiskys (without an e) but the similarities are much deeper than that. Japanese is termed a whisky rather than a whiskey because it is produced in the Scottish style. This production method, coupled with similarities in climate, results in a smooth and delicate liquid that is generally somewhere between a lowland and a speyside whisky stylistically.

Although Japanese whisky started out as an homage to Scotch, its stock has risen in recent years with Japanese products winning numerous blind taste tests and scoring higher than their Scottish counterparts in international competitions. The major difference in production is that each Japanese distillery produces a number of different styles for blending rather than focusing on one specific area. This means that each distillery has a broader spectrum of whisky available as single malts and can also produce well balanced blends

Our ‘recipe’ for enjoying  Japanese whisky is simple. Start with the award winning Nikka single barrel, a blended whisky which is recasked  to marry the flavours before being bottled straight from the barrel. This fantastic value whisky bursts with spice and toffee onto the palate before a long fruity finish.

For best effect serve a large measure over hand crafted ice, sit back and enjoy.

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