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Thursday, 21st January 2010
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Japanese whisky 'would make Burns proud'

A brand of whisky being made in Japan is such good quality that "it would make Robert Burns proud".

An article in the Wall Street Journal details the whisky brewing company Nikka Whisky Distilling which has previously scooped an award for the world's best blended malt at the Whisky Magazine awards in Scotland.

The firm's 21-year old Taketsuru Pure Malt was picked by judges as the best in the world, but now the firm plans to launch its products in other countries.

Before the end of 2010, the company hopes to have a presence in the US.

Commenting on Japan's whisky market, founder of Japanese whisky blog Nonjatta Christopher Bunting said: "The Japanese distillers are taking it slowly and cautiously but there are definite signs that the foreign market is being taken very seriously. Times are changing."

Japan is more commonly associated with sake, an alcoholic drink made from rice which is made in a similar way to beer.

Written by Kimberley Homer.

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