Post by Stefan of Tokyo Whisky Hub.
Whisky fans with a special interest in marine biology will be happy to know a new series of single cask bottlings of Scotch whisky for the Japanese market has just been launched. Those of us who go through life without worrying too much about sea creatures can still marvel at the beautiful artwork and - most importantly - the quality of the liquid in the bottle. It should not come as a surprise that the minds behind this series - and, incidentally, two other series launched this autumn, of which more later - are the people over at Whisk-e. The inaugural release in the series "The Oceans" comprises a Longmorn 1996 and a Bunnahabhain 1979, both drawn from a single hogshead and both selected from the vast stocks at independent bottler Duncan Taylor (although the series is planned to include casks from other sources, and indeed, Whisk-e's own stock of private casks in the future).
What - I hear someone in the back mumble - does all this have to do with marine fauna? Well, nothing, really, but as David Croll of Whisk-e says: "Labels can never be an excuse for poor whisky but a good label draws people in and offers them something different, particularly in the way shots are served in Japan where the bottle is often placed on the counter in front of the customer." Other than that, imagine what a powerful tool your newfound knowledge of sea life could be: next time you're looking to impress someone with your knowledge of non-whisky-related matters (they needn't know about this series, of course!) just bring up the Actaea peronii or the Diodontidae and make up some facts. If things go well, you know you have exactly what you need to celebrate in peace and quiet later: two stunning malts and the promise of more to come!