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Whisky Advocate On The New Standards For Japanese Whisky

February 23, 2021

It’s been an open secret for years that some Japanese whiskies aren’t so Japanese—that is, they’re often made with imported whisky, blended or proofed down or simply bottled locally, and then labeled as “Product of Japan.” Many such brands exist, though typically not openly, cloaking themselves in kanji and Japanese names while never disclosing that some or all of the liquid inside the bottle came from Scotland, Ireland, Canada, or elsewhere. But such practices may soon be a thing of the past, as Japan’s leading spirits trade group has established guidelines to clarify what makes a Japanese whisky Japanese. Whisky Advocate has the full story.Susannah Skiver Barton

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