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Single malt whisky is whisky distilled at a single distillery from water and malted barley but without the addition of any other cereals, and by batch distillation in pot stills.
The traditional production zones for single malt whisky are Scotland and Ireland, although Canada and Japan also produce good examples. The most famous whisky regions for single malt production are Islay and the Scottish Highlands.
Japan is famous for its sake rice wine rather than any other alcoholic beverage, but wine has been made there for several hundred years, if not longer. Beer and whisky have also earned themselves a place in the modern Japanese consciousness, and have even risen to become significant contributors to the national economy.
Viticulture has a long history in Japan, and there are various stories surrounding its origins. The most widely accepted is that, in 718 AD, a Buddhist monk named Gyoki planted the first vineyards at the Daizenji temple, near Katsunuma (south-west of Tokyo).
Traditionally, the vast majority of grapes in Japan were grown only for eating, and little or no wine was made there. European wine was imported to Japan's elite during much of the 16th century, but was outlawed for much of the 17th and 18th centuries under the sakoku policy of imperial isolationism. But things have changed rap ...more
'Rest of World' is a phrase rapidly becoming less and less meaningful (and less easily definable) with each year that passes in the modern wine world. Wine is now produced in more and more regions all over the world, and production volumes in established stalwarts such as France, Italy, Spain and Germany are steadily reducing. Long-dormant vineyard zones are being revived (in Georgia, for example) and new wine-bearing terroirs are being sought out in locations as far-flung as...more
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