Best wishes, dear reader, to you and your loved ones for the new year. We hope it’s filled with many good dr(e)ams (at reasonable prices - now there’s a good dream!).
Regular Nonjatta-readers will have noticed that things have slowed down a bit on the site. Part of this has to do with the fact that it’s getting harder to write about new releases, because either (a) we can’t write about them in advance because of embargoes on information imposed on us by distributors/retailers (understandably so, given the risk of speculators hijacking releases), or (b) we find out about a release just when it’s out but by the time we can sit down and put pen to paper (well, fingers to keyboard) it’s already long gone, sold out. People have a hard time believing that releases come and go at the speed of light, but that is the reality at the moment.
We haven’t been sleeping on the job, however - far from it! - and the main reason why things have slowed down a bit on our site is because Stefan, our editor, has been traveling up and down the country, speaking with whisky makers past and present, visiting bars in every nook and cranny and digging through dusty archives left and right in preparation for what is meant to be the definitive book on Japanese whisky. It’ll be filled with tons of information never before published (not even in Japanese), but it’s absorbing every spare minute of his time, so there hasn’t been as much on the site as we would have liked. We’re only human (we know that’s a terrible excuse, but it’s true...). Stefan’s got a few more months of work ahead of him, during which he has to keep a lot of his powder dry, but when the book is done we’ll step on the accelerator and continue providing you with up-to-date news and insights from the ground, as we always have. There’s still snippets we will share with you over the coming months, so do check in from time to time. Without giving away too much, we can say that those who do may be able to get their hands on something really special in the weeks to come. ‘Nuff said...
Our wish for the new year is that people would actually start opening and drinking more Japanese whisky, like they used to before the boom. There are some really stellar drams out there, past and present, but it is only liquid at the end of the day… so don’t spend too much on it and don’t fetishize or worship it. We seem to be forgetting this more and more but whisky only fulfils its destiny in its consumption. So kanpai, here’s to lots of whisky sipped and savoured in 2016!