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2018-05-15 09:37:38 PM  
End Hibiki sales? Hakushu?
 
2018-05-15 10:34:36 PM  
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2018-05-15 10:34:58 PM  
My bad.
 
2018-05-15 10:36:25 PM  
I just got a new bottle of Hibiki. I would like to think that I'll make it last with this news but who am I kidding?


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2018-05-15 10:37:04 PM  
I am blaming on the farkers that are drinking it all up.
 
2018-05-15 10:39:43 PM  
I realize and understand that the movie title, "Lost in Translation" refers to Japanese/English and also the thing between Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson. Even still, Bill's character should have had sexytime with her after all the stuff and time they spent together. I liked most of that movie, except for the ending where he whispered a secret to her. It seemed to stretch belief.
 
2018-05-15 10:42:15 PM  
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2018-05-15 10:43:03 PM  
I went to a Suntory tasting late last year, had both the Hakushu and Hibiki.  Looks like I won't get to experience an event like that again for quite some time.
 
2018-05-15 10:44:08 PM  
Once they started winning awards the price exploded. Still love it though.
 
2018-05-15 10:48:23 PM  

skinink: I realize and understand that the movie title, "Lost in Translation" refers to Japanese/English and also the thing between Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson. Even still, Bill's character should have had sexytime with her after all the stuff and time they spent together. I liked most of that movie, except for the ending where he whispered a secret to her. It seemed to stretch belief.


I've been in Korea for over a week, and this movie has come to mind often.  It captures the never-ending hell disorientation, low grade depression, and exhaustion that come with jetlag on business trips better than any movie ever.  Yeah, the interpersonal aspects of the story had some challenges, but the feel of it is totally spot-on.  Every time I go to China, or Taiwan, or Korea, or or or, there's that moment of sitting in a hotel room, looking out at a darkened city, and thinking what the FARK am I doing here, and when do I get to go home?   I'd say I need to re-watch it, but I've been living it.

Tangentially, there is a Delta airlines commercial which I've posted before that does an even BETTER job capturing the strangeness of Asian business travel, independent of the jetlag big.  I've been living this even more, including reprising the gesticulating taxi cab scene just this morning.  I'll post it in a bit.
 
2018-05-15 10:54:39 PM  
Damn you guys with the deep pockets.  The cheaper stuff is fine with me and picked up the below this weekend:

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For whatever reason, the Oishi isn't as well known - or rather there isn't a lot said about it.  It's a rice "whiskey", so technically not a whiskey.  It's my cheap Japanese fav (not so cheap at 60, 70 bucks a bottle), but cheap for Japanese whiskies.
 
2018-05-15 10:58:46 PM  

SirEattonHogg: Damn you guys with the deep pockets.  The cheaper stuff is fine with me and picked up the below this weekend:

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For whatever reason, the Oishi isn't as well known - or rather there isn't a lot said about it.  It's a rice "whiskey", so technically not a whiskey.  It's my cheap Japanese fav (not so cheap at 60, 70 bucks a bottle), but cheap for Japanese whiskies.


Came for the Nikka Coffey, leaving buzzed.
 
2018-05-15 10:59:48 PM  
Maybe that explains why it was really damn hard to find a bottle of the Hibiki last time I was in Haneda airport. Exactly one of the duty free shops had a bottle. Of course, it was also the one shop farthest away from my gate.

Hell, they barely carried any Japanese whisky. And their sake selection didn't look particularly exceptional either.  I think there was actually more western liquor available, which was kind of sad for a Japanese airport.
 
2018-05-15 11:04:16 PM  

farker down under: I just got a new bottle of Hibiki. I would like to think that I'll make it last with this news but who am I kidding?


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It's only the older aged hibiki thats running out like the 12 and 17. I have a bottle of the one on the left and those will still be for sale. Still finding out about this now sucks because I'm poor and finding a bottle of 12 or 17 is going to be a pain.
 
2018-05-15 11:08:19 PM  

Grizmund: farker down under: I just got a new bottle of Hibiki. I would like to think that I'll make it last with this news but who am I kidding?


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It's only the older aged hibiki thats running out like the 12 and 17. I have a bottle of the one on the left and those will still be for sale. Still finding out about this now sucks because I'm poor and finding a bottle of 12 or 17 is going to be a pain.


Even the non aged stuff is hard to get here sometimes. Limit one per customer etc and this news will probably make it sell out faster.
 
2018-05-15 11:11:05 PM  

farker down under: I just got a new bottle of Hibiki. I would like to think that I'll make it last with this news but who am I kidding?


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Your liver?
 
2018-05-15 11:11:31 PM  

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Suntory. The company that owns Jim Beam.  Bullshiat headline, bullshiat article. Japan is absolutely nowhere near running out of Whisky.
 
2018-05-15 11:18:04 PM  
Bah.  Proper whisky is made by rednecks with two missing front teeth and a tard kid playing banjo in the background.
You can't beat Jack Daniels Black, Woodford Reserve, Makers Mark and Beam Black,  Beams Double Oak, Beam Single Barrel and Angels Cut,  made in proper charred oak barrels. That is my answer and I'm sticking to it.
 
2018-05-15 11:25:12 PM  

skinink: I realize and understand that the movie title, "Lost in Translation" refers to Japanese/English and also the thing between Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson. Even still, Bill's character should have had sexytime with her after all the stuff and time they spent together. I liked most of that movie, except for the ending where he whispered a secret to her. It seemed to stretch belief.


I heard, I believe on a DVD commentary, that that was ad-libbed by Bill Murray. Neither he nor Scarlett Johansson has ever revealed what he whispered.
 
2018-05-15 11:26:37 PM  
This isn't a surprise. Scotch has been seeing the same issues, but to a lesser degree. Japan just doesn't have that many producers. Still, it'll be easier to find a Hibiki than a bottle of Blanton's in most markets in the US.
 
2018-05-15 11:33:21 PM  

r1niceboy: This isn't a surprise. Scotch has been seeing the same issues, but to a lesser degree. Japan just doesn't have that many producers. Still, it'll be easier to find a Hibiki than a bottle of Blanton's in most markets in the US.


I'm clearly going to the wrong stores then.  I can find Blanton's at the grocery store, but I can't remember the last time I laid eyes on a bottle of Hibiki.
 
2018-05-15 11:36:13 PM  
As long as I can draw breath, the whole world will be in danger of running out of whisky. This I pledge to you.
 
2018-05-15 11:36:54 PM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: Bah.  Proper whisky is made by rednecks with two missing front teeth and a tard kid playing banjo in the background.
You can't beat Jack Daniels Black, Woodford Reserve, Makers Mark and Beam Black,  Beams Double Oak, Beam Single Barrel and Angels Cut,  made in proper charred oak barrels. That is my answer and I'm sticking to it.


In America, we make whiskey not whisky.
 
2018-05-15 11:45:26 PM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: Bah.  Proper whisky is made by rednecks with two missing front teeth and a tard kid playing banjo in the background.
You can't beat Jack Daniels Black, Woodford Reserve, Makers Mark and Beam Black,  Beams Double Oak, Beam Single Barrel and Angels Cut,  made in proper charred oak barrels. That is my answer and I'm sticking to it.


If you want to get into bourbon, the proper answer is Angel's Envy, you heathen.

Woodford Reserve is acceptable, however.
 
2018-05-15 11:50:16 PM  

Polish Hussar: r1niceboy: This isn't a surprise. Scotch has been seeing the same issues, but to a lesser degree. Japan just doesn't have that many producers. Still, it'll be easier to find a Hibiki than a bottle of Blanton's in most markets in the US.

I'm clearly going to the wrong stores then.  I can find Blanton's at the grocery store, but I can't remember the last time I laid eyes on a bottle of Hibiki.


Nearly impossible to get in New Mexico, chunks of Colorado, Nebraska, Missouri, Wyoming, and most places that aren't either Chicago, on the Great Lakes, New York, or where the confederate flag is a common sight.
 
2018-05-15 11:50:39 PM  

FlyingBacon: I am blaming on the farkers that are drinking it all up.


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2018-05-15 11:56:39 PM  

SirEattonHogg: Damn you guys with the deep pockets.  The cheaper stuff is fine with me and picked up the below this weekend:

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For whatever reason, the Oishi isn't as well known - or rather there isn't a lot said about it.  It's a rice "whiskey", so technically not a whiskey.  It's my cheap Japanese fav (not so cheap at 60, 70 bucks a bottle), but cheap for Japanese whiskies.


I've got a bottle of the Nikka Coffey Grain, I'm definitely a fan
 
2018-05-16 12:00:09 AM  

r1niceboy: Polish Hussar: r1niceboy: This isn't a surprise. Scotch has been seeing the same issues, but to a lesser degree. Japan just doesn't have that many producers. Still, it'll be easier to find a Hibiki than a bottle of Blanton's in most markets in the US.

I'm clearly going to the wrong stores then.  I can find Blanton's at the grocery store, but I can't remember the last time I laid eyes on a bottle of Hibiki.

Nearly impossible to get in New Mexico, chunks of Colorado, Nebraska, Missouri, Wyoming, and most places that aren't either Chicago, on the Great Lakes, New York, or where the confederate flag is a common sight.


Gotcha, I'm in Michigan.  Didn't realize it was that hard to get in certain areas.
 
2018-05-16 12:01:15 AM  

metaskie: Lt. Cheese Weasel: Bah.  Proper whisky is made by rednecks with two missing front teeth and a tard kid playing banjo in the background.
You can't beat Jack Daniels Black, Woodford Reserve, Makers Mark and Beam Black,  Beams Double Oak, Beam Single Barrel and Angels Cut,  made in proper charred oak barrels. That is my answer and I'm sticking to it.

If you want to get into bourbon, the proper answer is Angel's Envy, you heathen.

Woodford Reserve is acceptable, however.


Woodford Reserve is decent, but Woodford Reserve Double Oaked is very good.
I've not had Angel's Envy, but I've had two people tell me that they liked their rye much better than their bourbon.
 
2018-05-16 12:20:08 AM  

skinink: I realize and understand that the movie title, "Lost in Translation" refers to Japanese/English and also the thing between Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson. Even still, Bill's character should have had sexytime with her after all the stuff and time they spent together. I liked most of that movie, except for the ending where he whispered a secret to her. It seemed to stretch belief.


I didn't really care for the ending either but I like to think he said "I would have liked to farked you. I wanted to fark you but you're too good of a person for me to do that to you.  Go have a great life."
 
2018-05-16 01:11:04 AM  
"Look at camera."
 
2018-05-16 01:42:36 AM  

Cockpuncher to the Stars: skinink: I realize and understand that the movie title, "Lost in Translation" refers to Japanese/English and also the thing between Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson. Even still, Bill's character should have had sexytime with her after all the stuff and time they spent together. I liked most of that movie, except for the ending where he whispered a secret to her. It seemed to stretch belief.

I heard, I believe on a DVD commentary, that that was ad-libbed by Bill Murray. Neither he nor Scarlett Johansson has ever revealed what he whispered.


It's out there. You just have to look for it.
 
2018-05-16 03:28:20 AM  

FlyingBacon: I am blaming on the farkers that are drinking it all up.


I moved to Japan one year ago. Coincidence? I think not.
 
2018-05-16 03:50:51 AM  

Gawdzila: Woodford Reserve is decent, but Woodford Reserve Double Oaked is very good.


Hah! We have a few barrels of porter ageing on Woodford Reserve oak right now.

/Nope, resisting the temptation to broach one prematurely
//As the bishop said to the actress
 
2018-05-16 06:34:29 AM  
That's unfortunate and all, but as long as Islay isn't running out, it's not going to affect me.
 
2018-05-16 07:19:19 AM  

DarkVader: That's unfortunate and all, but as long as Islay isn't running out, it's not going to affect me.


May the peat forever re
 
2018-05-16 09:19:28 AM  
Booze thread. Post booze.
 
2018-05-16 09:42:43 AM  
I will heading to the 40 Creek Distillery for a tour this weekend.  Sooooo looking forward to it, though my liver may not be.
 
2018-05-16 11:35:13 AM  

r1niceboy: This isn't a surprise. Scotch has been seeing the same issues, but to a lesser degree. Japan just doesn't have that many producers. Still, it'll be easier to find a Hibiki than a bottle of Blanton's in most markets in the US.


I worked in a liquor store in Lexington, KY at the same time Toyota was building a plant nearby.  We had Japanese execs in all the time, dropping $500-$1000 per visit.  Anything over 15 years would fly off the shelf.  They seemed to love the Blanton's more for the horse on the cork than anything else.

I think the owner regretted not spotting the opportunity to double the price of the really old issues and the single malts.  Few locals would have complained, as few bought such top-end whiskeys.  Maker's Mark was pretty much the high end for your average drinker.

We had a customer who wanted to buy an entire case of Remy Martin Louis XIII Cognac.  I think at that time, it was about $600 per bottle, and we had just 1 bottle (he bought that).  I called the distributor, and he said there wasn't a full case in all of KY.
 
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