Japanese whisky – level 2

27-11-2023 07:00

Shizuoka Distillery is a leading independent whisky maker in Japan. They use cedar from nearby forests to meet the growing global demand for whisky.

This year marks 100 years of whisky-making in Japan. There are over 100 licensed distilleries, which is twice the number from ten years ago. Shizuoka’s special cedar fire sets it apart. The whisky industry in Japan boomed after 2008, and it became popular globally. The biggest whisky makers like Suntory and Nikka expanded to meet demand. New companies, including foreign investors, are entering the market.

Some people worry that the quality may go down as more players join and that it will damage Japan’s whisky reputation.

Difficult words: cedar (a tall evergreen tree), boom (the time when a business is growing quickly), reputation (what many people think of someone or something).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What are the potential consequences of the increased presence of foreign investors in the Japanese whisky market?


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