Definitely a fantastic bar in Omote-sando, Shibuya, quite authentic and chic style interior, and the place is named “museum,”and as the name is telling, there you can find very big shelf reaching the top ceiling with full bottles of whiskies, most of them are single malt whiskies from Scotland, but there are some American bourbon, Japanese, Canadian, and other countries’ like Taiwanese. Inside is quite spacious, it is located in the upper floor of small second-story building. This Omote-sando area is quite famous for high-end boutique type shops, and unlike other parts of central Tokyo, you don’t see skyscrapers around, rather find small-scaled, cozy, and luxury ones. And in this context, this whisky bar is also fitting into this category, you are first welcomed by neatly dressed stuff with reserved manner, and then you may proceed to the counter bar or high tables on the right side, or more like a library style section on the left where you can sit in the comfortable sofa and appreciated the unique view of bottled filled shelf.
This time I was with a friend so we took seat in sofa. Checking menu or rather a “book”that lists all whiskies they have, I couldn’t hold myself sinking in the sofa, but just standing up, make an approach to see what they have in shelf, and I observed from one end to the other, thoroughly. (they allow you to observe, but not to touch!) And here are the ones I tried, as it my custom, I basically pick up what I haven’t tried before. First one was a single cask of Glenrothes 19yo produced by a German bottler ”Glen Fahrn,” actually we both agreed that this was the best shot of the day, so was the price. Fruity, dry, and well matured, all mixed together, nice aroma, and good finish, didn’t feel so much of cask influence, liked it very much.
Second one we had was CuBocan bourbon cask from Tomatin, I had more expectation by the name they say it means “mythical hellhound,” and its scary face seems appearing on the bottle, that their peaty expression is powerful, on the contrary, it was subtly nuanced. A bit disappointed because I always enjoy peaty whisky, the stuff there was telling me that there is some “range” of peatyness in Cubocan, so may have chosen wrong one, should find out next time.
Last one was Adelphi 14yo, a marriage of Scotch and Japanese whisky named after Mr. Grover who came from Scotland to Japan in late 19c, engaged in trading business and spent rest of his life here. From the liquid, felt peatyness certainly, matured body, tasted kind of unusual, kind of smoked sermon. Very interesting note although not sure if this combination is the best.
Overall, we had a really good time here, sitting in the comfortable sofa, having shots, while looking over the bottles, like a pig painting hanged on the entire wall. Very unusual experience, and you feel kind of disconnected from all the surrounding of busy shopping streets outside where you come from. They are about to light up the candles when we are about to leave, it may be also nice to come at late night to feel the different color of inside. They provide some foods, too, and no table charge was included in the recipe, not sure if this is their basic policy or we passed some criteria that excuse us from paying charges. I can recommend this place for almost anyone who come to Shibuya, their service level is quite high and also provide you a good list of bottles of whiskies so you feel more comfortable even you don’t know much on whisky or Japanese.