SCOTCH AND JAPANESE WHISKY: WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES?
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Let’s set the record straight. If you were wondering, ‘is Japanese whisky Scotch?’, the answer is no. While the principles and production process behind blending Scotch and Japanese whisky are nearly the same, by law Scotch whisky must be distilled and matured in Scotland.
The same is not true of Japanese whisky, in that Japanese whisky doesn’t actually need to be Japanese by law. In fact, many distilleries in Japan use Scotch whisky in the whisky-making process.
Is Japanese whisky similar to Scotch?
Like most things, beauty is in the eye of the beholder – or the holder of the glass of whisky in this case. Japanese whisky can certainly be more expensive, which is down to some Japanese producers using a rare Japanese oak tree called Mizurana to mature their whisky, while Scottish distilleries tend to use ex-bourbon or sherry barrels.
If you’re looking to dip your toes into the world of Japanese whisky, Chivas Mizunara is the world’s first blended Scotch whisky to be selectively finished in Japanese Mizunara oak casks*. Offering a truly unique and flavourful Japanese whisky taste – full of spicy and floral notes added by the Mizunara casks – it’s the perfect marriage of Scotch craft and Japanese tradition.
A portion of this blended Scotch whisky has been finished in Japanese Mizunara oak casks.
*A portion of this blended Scotch whisky has been finished in Japanese Mizunara oak casks.