Movember bottlings on the bar at the Whisky Picnic in Edinburgh.
The more observant of you will have noticed that for the past 27 days, a blooming great moustache has adorned the front page of our website, and the Master of Malt logo has also sported a rather dashing pair of lip-weasels. The reason for this isn’t temporary insanity – we’re simply showing our support for the month-long men’s health charity event – Movember.
Every November (November, Moustache, Movember – geddit?) men all across the country grow their ‘taches from scratch, and join in with events to raise funds for The Prostate Cancer Charity. It’s a sobering thought that prostate cancer accounts for a full quarter of all incidences of cancer in men in the UK, and raising awareness of this condition is something that we’re glad to be a part of.
The Master of Malt team has shown its support in 2009 by growing (mainly very inadequate) moustaches, and launching a special edition ‘Whisky 4 Movember’ bottling. All the profits generated by this bottling are being donated directly to Movember.
With so many amazing Japanese whiskies on the market we thought we’d review one of our favourites – the Yamazaki 18 Year Old, a whisky from the more thickly sherried, savoury school of Japanese malts.
A little about the distillery…
Yamazaki was Japan’s first whisky distillery and it was built by Suntory’s founder, Shinjiro Torii, in 1923. In Japan there are only two major players in whisky: Suntory and Nikka. Between them they control almost every distillery in the country.
Because of this there is no trading of malt and grain whisky between companies (as is the practice in Scotland’s whisky blending industry). Distilleries must be as self-contained as possible, so Yamazaki houses a whopping 12 stills of different type and configuration, allowing the distillery to produce a range of whiskies.
The internet then – blogs and twittering, My-face, spacebook and so on… It seems to be the future doesn’t it? We decided we’d better get on-board, so I thought I’d use this inaugural post to tell you a bit about what makes us tick.
To start, a bit about the team ethos – we’re all passionate about Whisky here, Scotch, Japanese, bourbon, rye, Irish, European, we love it all – you’ll find no xenophobia here, just a healthy dose of whiskyphilia.
We’re on a mission to search out the most interesting, exciting, innovative and surprising drams from around the world, whilst maintaining a healthy respect for the traditional crowd-pleasing whiskies we first enjoyed so many years ago, and that have set us all on the path to spiritous Nirvana.