Japanese whisky – level 3

27-11-2023 07:00

In Shizuoka City, Japan, Shizuoka Distillery, a pioneer in the country’s emerging independent whisky scene, utilizes cedar from nearby forests to fuel its operations amid surging global whisky demand.

This year marks Japan’s 100th year of whisky-making, with over 100 licensed distilleries, twice the number from a decade ago, competing in the expanding market. Shizuoka’s unique cedar fire beneath the whisky still distinguishes it from others. Craft whisky in Japan experienced a boom after 2008, gaining international acclaim, but a supply shortage led to soaring prices.

Major players like Suntory and Nikka have expanded their capacity, while new entrants, even from abroad, join the market. Concerns arise about potential quality issues with the influx of new players, posing a threat to Japan’s whisky reputation.

Difficult words: utilize (to make practical and effective use of), distinguish (to recognize someone or something as different), entrant (a person or group that enters or takes part in something).

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