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5 Differences Between Japanese Whisky and Scotch Whisky

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Japanese Whisky is relatively young when compared to Scotch Whisky, but has already made so much impact in the whisky world.

Japanese distilleries use exactly the same techniques that Scottish distillers use. As a matter of fact, Japanese expertise was directly imported from Scotland in the early 20th century by MasatakaTaketsuru, founder of Nikka.

There is, therefore, no fundamental differences in the technical process of making Japanese whisky. However, there are a few things that make Japanese whisky different from Scotland.

Five Differences Between Japanese Whisky and Scotch Whisky

Less Peat

Japanese whiskies are less peated as compared to Scotch whisky. Many of the distilleries in Scotland are located on islands and coastal areas, where naturally peat is widely used for drying barley during the phase of malting. Japanese distillers also make use of peat but in a reduced quantity.

Prolific Distilleries

The Scots have more distilleries than the Japanese. The richness of Scotch Whiskies is obtained through the exchange of productions among many distilleries, each producing mainly one type of single malt.

For Japanese whiskies, the distilleries are few but can produce nearly as many different single malts that exist in Scotland. The Yamazaki distillery, for example, can produce over sixty single malts with distinct characteristics, and blended together it allows Suntory to produce a large number of whiskies.

More so, Japanese distilleries have stills of different shapes and sizes that help in the production of single malts with distinct characters. Stills in Scottish distilleries generally have the same shape and the same size.


Unlike Scottish distilleries, Japanese distilleries use a wide variety of yeasts with different characteristics during fermentation. Companies like Suntory have found a way to grow their own strains and even create their own strains. For example, Suntory owns a strain called suntoryeus lactobacillus.


Japanese whiskies are distilled using low-pressure distillation techniques. This technique is induced naturally by high altitude, with a lower boiling point. Japan has three of the highest distilleries in the world; Karuizawa (now closed), Hakushu and Mars Shinshu located between 700 and 800 metres. The higher the altitude, the lower the pressure, and subsequently the lesser the boiling point. Low-pressure distillation helps keep a larger number of aromas and a thinner and lighter texture, which makes Japanese whisky taste different from Scotch.


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What Your Choice of Whiskey Says About You

The fact that you are a whiskey drinker already says a lot about your personality. However, the choice of the whiskey you drink adds a definitive edge to what people think of you.

Since the 1440’s when whiskey first came into prominence, it has defined the tastes of men and even given the world something extra to judge about.

All whiskeys are tasty and offer different characteristics according to how and where it is made. But the adventurous, fun-loving guy will always choose a different whiskey from the traditional, classy gentleman.

Whiskeys, unlike cognacs, can be made from anywhere in the world. However, our list will only focus on the more popular whiskey variations.

Here is what your whiskey really says about your personality

Scotch whisky

Scotch is the most popular whisky type in the world. To be called a Scotch, the whisky must be distilled in Scotland from Scottish ingredients. Also, Scotch has to be aged for at least three years in old Bourbon casks. Whisky experts rank the Single Malt Scotch whisky among the best whiskies in the world.

What scotch says about you

When you order a bottle of Scotch whiskey, other guests at the bar or restaurant immediately see a man who is steeped in traditions and loves to come off as classic. The bartender is probably thinking you are one who does not want to be disturbed in his belief in how a man should act. You are likely someone who loves to do mow the lawn to relax or you are just that introverted fellow who still loves to stick to old popular traditions. If that sounds like you, go ahead and order your bottle of Chivas Regal or Johnnie Walker today.

Irish whiskey

Irish whiskeys do not only come with the ‘e’ in spelling, they also come with a lot less peat than their Scottish cousins. The Irish love their whiskey a lot less smoky and a whole lot smoother in the finish.

What Irish whiskey says about you

Ordering a bottle of Jameson Irish Whiskey or Bushmills Whiskey will get the girl across the bar thinking “this must an easy-going, laid back and charismatic fellow.” However, at the same time, it is possible for you to go from 0 – 100 degrees; from a cool demeanour to a hot-tempered bloke. In all, we are comforted by your cool side, and the fact that you love to be original – a little different from the norm.

American bourbon

The Americans came up with the name bourbon, and it has unmistakeably differentiated their whiskey from both Scotch and Irish. To be named a straight bourbon, it must be made from 51% corn mash, and be aged for at least two years in new oak barrels. Bourbons are great cocktails due to their rich, deep notes of caramel, oak, and vanilla.

What bourbon says about you

Ordering a bourbon immediately tells that you are a lively person. You are proud of your achievements and the standards you have set for yourself are impeccable. While you love to be in your own world, you are not shy of socialising and mixing with others even out of your class. You love to show forth your light like Jim Beam, and you have a side of you that goes off the top like Wild Turkey.

Japanese Whisky

Japanese Whisky is significantly the new kid on the block when it comes to countries that make premium whisky brands. Despite being new, Japanese whisky has a luxurious reputation – in some quarters, there are gossips that Japanese whisky has eclipsed Scotch as the world’s number one whisky.

What Japanese whisky says about you

You are elegant, classy and a person of style. You love the luxurious lifestyle and are adventurous enough to go skydiving. Your taste in life is always new just like the rising sun, and you are not just at home in your own world – you run it. If you were a fruit in a tree, you’d be at the very top. Why?  Because you are a rare, enigmatic person, and the bartender will feel lucky to serve you a bottle of Yamazaki or Nikka – it all depends on your order.

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Do You Know The World’s Most Expensive Japanese Whisky?

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For many whisky lovers, Japanese whisky is among those expensive whiskies you pour on that special occasion.

Japanese whisky literally made an impact on the whisky industry when Suntory’s Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013 was named the best whisky in the world by the 2015 edition of Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible. From a rising star, the brown spirit from Japan has taken over the spotlight, even from the more popular scotch whisky.

Coming into commercial production in the early 1920s, Japanese whisky is already popular in Europe and North America, and is gradually making an entrance into the African market.

A bottle of Japanese whisky usually attracts a good budget, but how much would you have to pay for the most expensive Japanese whisky in the world?

Most Expensive Japanese Whisky

On January 30, 50-year-old Yamazaki Single-Malt whisky sold via Sotheby’s Hong Kong for a whopping HK$2.3 million – that’s just slightly above N105.8 million. That sale set the record for the most expensive whisky bottle in the world.

Also, the transaction also proved the continuous expansion of the luxury whisky market – a movement that has been gathering steam in recent years.

“We are thrilled with the new world auction record set by the Yamazaki Aged 50 Years NV, the highest price achieved for any single bottle of Japanese whisky,” said Paul Wong, a specialist at Sotheby’s Wine, Asia.

Japanese Whisky and the Luxe Whisky Market

Japanese whisky has increasingly pushed the limits of the luxury whisky market. In 2017, 296 rare bottles from the Karuizawa distillery sold for over US$1 million at an auction. With that sale,  it took home the crown for the most expensive collection of Japanese whisky ever sold.

Dekantā, a Japanese spirit retailer, is also cashing in on the luxury push. The company has recently launched a ballot to win a chance to purchase one of 150 bottles of Karuizawa 35-year-old single sherry cask whisky. Each bottle will go for AU$15,000 each – that is about N4.2 million.

Looks like the Japanese whisky industry is having much more promise than we hoped for. You might want to cash in too.

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