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Bourbon makers look to cash in on Japanís whiskey boom
Japan Times ^ | 06/06/2013 | Ben Dooley

Posted on 06/05/2013 8:25:32 PM PDT by TexGrill

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY – Japan is high on American whiskey, and Kentucky’s bourbon distillers are racing to the country, hoping to sell consumers on the merits of the iconic, corn-sweetened U.S. spirit.

Greg Davis, master distiller at high-end bourbon producer Maker’s Mark Distillery Inc., a subsidiary of Beam Inc., embarked in May on his first trip to Japan, thirsty for a taste of its burgeoning whiskey market.

U.S. whiskey exports to Japan have always been strong, but they recently entered a period of explosive growth, fueled by demand for the highball, a mix of whiskey and soda served over ice.

In the first quarter of 2013, Japanese imports of whiskey from the United States almost doubled over the same period in 2012, according to statistics compiled by the Japan Wines and Spirits Importers’ Association.

Bourbon, however, has not fared as well. As Tennessee whiskey — best known for Jack Daniels — and other American varieties fill up Japanese glasses, bourbon sales have evaporated 10 percent from 2011 to 2012.

(Excerpt) Read more at japantimes.co.jp ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; Japan; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: japankentucky
Good business tip.
1 posted on 06/05/2013 8:25:33 PM PDT by TexGrill
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To: TexGrill

Japanese whiskey is like drinking Early Times (turpentine).. and is great for giving headaches and hangovers after just a glass :p


2 posted on 06/05/2013 8:30:45 PM PDT by Bikkuri (Molon Labe)
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To: Bikkuri

Your not drinking the right whiskey. The Yamazaki 18 single malt is quite good. However, the article is about the Japanese market for American whiskey.


3 posted on 06/05/2013 8:35:26 PM PDT by eggman (End the Obama occupation of the White House!)
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To: TexGrill

Go for it, but Japanese are about the most lightweight drinkers in the world. Even when they go for the top shelf stuff, it ain’t for long.


4 posted on 06/05/2013 8:38:24 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: eggman

Yamazaki is a bit too astringent for me. I still prefer the Islay single malts, or even a bottle of Ballentines over most Japanese spirits. However, if am going to drink the local stuff, Suntory Old is perfectly acceptable.

As for Bourbon? It’s good as a mosquito repellent, or so I’m told. No way I’d drink the stuff.


5 posted on 06/05/2013 8:40:18 PM PDT by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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To: Bikkuri; Ronin

6 posted on 06/05/2013 8:41:12 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: jiggyboy

Jiggyboy, I don’t know who you’ve been drinking with, but I can introduce you to some 40 kg (or less) Japanese gals that I damn well guarantee can drink YOU under the table.

There’s a lot of variation, just as in any large group.


7 posted on 06/05/2013 8:42:48 PM PDT by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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To: TexGrill
They can make whiskey and ship it to Japan but why can't somembody manufacture and sell "Han Solo in Carbonite" Pop Tarts?


8 posted on 06/05/2013 8:45:00 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Ronin

Did you feel the quake a few minutes ago? Wasn’t too bad.. maybe a 4.5 - 5 ..

As for Alcohol, I don’t drink very much/often anymore.. but if I do, it is a couple of glasses of Jim Beam or red wine ;)


9 posted on 06/05/2013 8:49:39 PM PDT by Bikkuri (Molon Labe)
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To: KC_Lion
I'm going for the Star Trek wine!


10 posted on 06/05/2013 8:51:31 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Bikkuri

Yeah, I felt it. I don’t think it was more than a 1 or 2 here in West Tokyo.


11 posted on 06/05/2013 8:51:33 PM PDT by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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To: TexGrill

Fireball


12 posted on 06/05/2013 9:11:16 PM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Tastes like Heaven, Burns like Hell! Mmmmmm. What is it?)
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To: TexGrill

too bad American Whiskey this days are made with GMO Corn. Jack Daniels had to switch to GMO about five years ago because there is not enough supply of non-gmo vailable. As of 2009(?) 80% of the corn crop in the US was GMO, 84% in Canada.

It might behoove someone to grow non-gmo corn and other grains and crops, but because of cross-pollination, one would have to find a secluded mountain top to grow. Maybe Macchu-Picchu?


13 posted on 06/05/2013 9:15:57 PM PDT by abigkahuna (I have achieved the goal of semi-literacy through public schooling.)
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To: Ronin
As for Bourbon? It’s good as a mosquito repellent, or so I’m told. No way I’d drink the stuff.

You've been told wrong. I don't like scotch, but at least I tried it & decided for myself.

Try a premium bourbon like 12 yo Elijah Craig straight over chipped ice. NO water. It is a sipping bourbon. If you don't like that, you don't like bourbon.

14 posted on 06/05/2013 9:25:29 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

On our birthdays, my cousin and I indulge in a nice bottle of bourbon. Bookers, Bakers and Woodford to name a few, but my cousin used to drink Jack Daniels exclusively. I have turned him onto cheap bourbon that is tons better than Jack D. Evan Williams and Heaven Hill black label is stronger smoother and better tasting than Jack. Heaven Hill white label is comparable to Jim Beam white label.


15 posted on 06/05/2013 9:47:13 PM PDT by o-n-money
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To: Ronin

“However, if am going to drink the local stuff, Suntory Old is perfectly acceptable.”

Suntory Old and Kakubin are very good....more like Scotch.
Black Nikka is also a good one.

As a poor Eigo no Sensei (English teacher) all we could afford in the 60’s was Suntory Red......rotgut stuff.


16 posted on 06/05/2013 10:22:23 PM PDT by Islander2
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To: o-n-money

I like Evan Williams, Woodford Reserve and Makers Mark. I would consider myself a novice, but when I find something I like, I stick with it.


17 posted on 06/05/2013 10:46:00 PM PDT by TheGunny
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To: o-n-money

I agree. Evan Williams is much better than Jack. Makers Mark is my favorite. Or Elijah Craig.


18 posted on 06/06/2013 4:18:46 AM PDT by Hyman Roth
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To: TexGrill

Tehy’ve been getting hammered on Americal Whisky since WWII. Why is this news?


19 posted on 06/06/2013 4:29:06 AM PDT by Freeport (The proper application of high explosives will remove all obstacles.)
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