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Japanese Whisky

Discussion in 'Japan' started by Sandy, Jun 8, 2013.

  1. Vermillion

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    Back in the day you would just go to Yamaya and stock up, you didnt even need to think about it.
     
  2. Vermillion

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    The only time i've bought duty free was when going on a holiday to a resort or somewhere on an island that was going to be isolated and the place you were staying at were going to charge a ridiculous amount, or simply not available.
     
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    You can still get some decent deals on whiskey at duty free, you just have to be flexible on what you want. And that means no Japanese whiskey haha
     
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    Some years ago a Yamaya store in Tsu had a bottle of Penfolds Grange for 25000Y. In hindsight I should have bought.
     
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  6. Vermillion

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    @Sandy tells me that the price of lamb chops is cheaper in Yokohama than Melbourne.
     
  7. Sandy

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    Yeah, comes from NZ. I also buy tender lamb steaks, which are cheaper, and better value because of no bone.
     
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    The bulk food store on the road up to Happo from the station sells lamb roasts, no bone. Reasonable price as well. (aussie connection there).
     
  9. Nozawaman

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    Where is this ?
     
  10. Sandy

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    My local OK supermarket. OK supermarket started in Yokohama's "little America" part of Honmoku, maybe 20 years ago.There's a high concentration of expats and it started originally to cater for more foreign food needs, so while it's still Japanese, you can get more variety at cheap Japanese prices. (fully foreign catering supermarkets are often really expensive)
    There are now loads of the them mostly near Yokohama and around Tokyo.

    https://tokyocheapo.com/living/household/tokyo-cheap-supermarket-ok/
    See the map at the bottom.
    However, I don't know for sure if all of them stock exactly the same items. I'd say that the closer to where I live (where there's more expats), the more foreign food will be available. They used to have full racks of lamb about 5 years ago, and they were only 1000 yen each. Not these days
     
  11. Nozawaman

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    Are there any near Costco ?
     
  12. Sandy

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    Near Costco Kawasaki: To the NW OK Kawasaki Honten, near the river. 219 yen/100g
    https://www.google.com.au/search?tb...!3d35.524673761381926!3m2!1i1103!2i680!4f13.1
     
  13. Nozawaman

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    But you can still get lamb there ;)
     
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    Belongs in the only in Japan thread LOL
     
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    The thing to remember is that Japanese uber expensive whiskey tastes the same as it did when it wasn't.

    Taketsuru 21yr old, $22 a half bottle ..... Hokkaido powder free

     
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    Can you send me a link to address ?
     
  18. Sandy

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    Yeah, it doesn't seem to work on the smartphone
     
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    Just back from Tasmania and I tasted the best whisky I've ever tasted. The Sullivan Cove in French oak. Num num num
     
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    Exxy, I would imagine?
     
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    Fark yeah, I didn't buy the bottle.
     
  25. Nozawaman

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    I was never much of a whiskey drinker until a mate gave me some 21yr old Hibiki a couple of seasons ago , and it was like that scene from the Blues Brothers ' I have seen the light' .
     
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    Welcome brother.
     
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    Similar. A mate does all the marketing for Diageo the company that brings many liquor brands into Australia.

    Someone there made a mistake and imported 4,000 cases of Johnny Walker blue instead of 4,000 bottles. He had cases of JW Blue for a good while so we imbibed considerably. Now I can't drink cheap whisky. Damn.
     
  28. Vermillion

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    I've been making my own whisky for 3 seasons now, after making grappa for years and my family has been making it for decades. My whisky is by no means good yet, but it's getting better.
     
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    Use Japanese woodchips and ya gots ya own Japanese fancy whisky
     
  30. Vermillion

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    As much as people say chips work, nothing beats a proper charred barrel. And that's the hard part.
     
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    Is his name Anthony ?
     
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    Yeah absolutely
    Good surface area etc but better than 'flavouring'
    At least on your block you can store some barrels!
     
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    It's not storing them, it's finding them in good enough condition for a reasonable price that's the issue. That's why a lot of people use chips. Chips and planks taste OK, but it never seems to get in deep enough, so you end up with either a weird mid taste or after taste. Your stil makes a lot of difference too, luckily I have a really good copper one.
     
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    No Jim.
     
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    21Yr old Hibiki for $559 at Vancouver Airport .....

    LOL
     
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    Yeah I paid 4500y for that Nikka at narita airport no less, a quick Aussie search has some sites flogging it for a wee bit more
     
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    Love that drop, so damn cheap too. I usually put a few drops of water in to help with the high alcohol content and make it a bit smoother
     
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    My purchases at a couple of different supermarkets in Kutchan and Furano last month, except the Dalwhinnie. Seems like the range of premium whiskies is gone from the average local place now, with just one gem to pounce on in each place
     
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    I would always go to a Yamaya over any supermarket these days, more likely to have a much better range and at a slightly better price. Supermarket is OK for the stuff you want to drive every night while you're over there, but Yamaya is for stuff you want to bring back to AUS.
     
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