Whisky in Okinawa

Part of our summer vacation this year was spent in Okinawa, Japan.  For those who haven’t been, Okinawa is like a cross between Hawaii and Japan albeit with a stronger Hawaii feel.  The people there are super nice and laid back and the service at hotels and restaurants is very good.  We stayed at Ritz Carleton Hotel which was very modern and had full amenities (including golf course) but does not have its own beach.

The Ritz Carleton has an awesome bar with a wide selection of whisky and  40-50 years old vintages which are kept in separate glass cases.  The first Whisky I had was the Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt 21 Year Old.  As you can see I had it chill with a ball of ice which is the way I prefer  Japanese whisky.

Second up was the Valentino Zagatti’s Linkwood Distillery Aged 16 Years.  This one I had neat so that I could get a better sense of the mouth feel.  The Linkwood is velvety and oily coating your tongue in some nice spicy flavours.  The sherry notes were a little strong and over powering for my liking but definitely worth a try at least once.


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