Guests at The Bar at The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa, can savor a glimpse into the offerings created by Japan’s most respected whiskey creators with The Japanese Whisky Experience, while The Bar at The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo, offers a pair of Whisky Discovery Flights featuring Suntory and Nikka aged blends, as well as The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo Limited Edition, an extremely rare distilled 19-year single-cask whiskey from the now-closed Karuizawa distillery.
The accolades and success of Japanese whiskeys have inspired U.S. and European distilleries to attempt to capture that same magic. In a gesture Taketsuru would surely have appreciated, in 2015, a Scottish producer even released a limited-edition Scotch that had been aged in casks made of Japanese mizunara oak.
The world shows no sign of slaking its thirst for fine whiskeys, whether a peaty Scotch single-malt, a caramelly American bourbon or an intense Kavalan whiskey made in Taiwan, just one of many new entries into the field. Thanks to adventurous palates and nimble, experimental manufacturers, whiskey has entered a new golden age.