26 Sep '13, 9am

Suntory Single Malts: Don’t Call Them Scotch

It’s difficult to say the words “single malt” without quickly following them up with “scotch.” But while Scotland is indeed the largest producer of single-malt whiskies, Japan is the second-largest distiller of single malts in the world. This revelation is even more impressive when one realizes that while Scotland has well over 100 distilleries, Japan has one tenth that number, with only Suntory and Nikka as dominant brand names. But of these two, Suntory is decidedly the larger entity, and it has much more recognition in the United States. Although Japanese distillers started producing whisky in the late 19th century (a full four centuries after Scotland began distilling spirits), they unabashedly took their inspiration from the Scots, even opting to spell “whisky” without an “e,” unlike the Irish and American spelling of “whiskey.” Much of Japan’s distilling technology w...

Full article: http://robbreport.com/wine-spirits-cigars/suntory-single-...

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