Post by Stefan of Tokyo Whisky Hub
Visitors to Japan are often drawn to the Kansai area, the southern-central region of the main island, home to such major tourist-magnets as Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe and Nara. Even those who are here on business usually try to squeeze in a day or two in Kansai. After hundreds of emails from readers asking us about bar recommendations there, we thought it was high time we did something about the dearth of information on whisky hangouts in the Kansai area.
Bar Augusta Tarlogie in Osaka. It’s conveniently located in the Umeda district of Osaka and it opens at 5pm, which is early by Japanese standards, making this the perfect starting place for a bar crawl through the city. It’s a bit tricky to grasp the logic behind the bar’s name – we came to the conclusion there isn’t any: “Tarlogie” refers to Glenmorangie’s water source (Tarlogie Springs); “Augusta” refers to a golf club in … the United States. Mmm… well, the owner must be a fanatic golfer, right? Wrong. He doesn't even play golf. Well, now you know, so you don’t have to ask.
The bar is quite small but well stocked. The majority of the whiskies are Scotch and owner/bartender Kiyomitsu Shinano really knows this field inside-out. No wonder the bar also functions as the Osaka branch of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s Japan chapter. There’s also an interesting selection of Japanese whiskies available – and one of them is rather special:
Address: Arakawa Building, 2-3 Turuno-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0014