Let me tell you something about me!

For years, I wasn’t much of a drinker. Beer and simple cocktails were my comfort zone. Work gatherings were a chore – forced socializing with watered-down drinks. But then, things changed.

A former colleague, someone who never even touched alcohol, surprised everyone by opening a bar. Intrigued, I embarked on my first “reconnaissance mission” – a night of conversation with the bartender, soaking up the atmosphere and the language of cocktails.

One visit led to another, and I found myself drawn to the bar scene. Sitting at the counter, I became a student, listening to bartenders’ stories, watching their craft unfold, and learning to appreciate the subtleties of each drink.

Then, one evening, I stumbled upon a hidden gem – a bar unlike any I’d seen before. The bottles lining the shelves weren’t your typical brands. These were independent bottlers’ selections, each a work of art in glass, hinting at the treasures within.

Curiosity took hold, and I sampled a few. The explosion of flavors, the rich aromas, and the sheer artistry of it all left me speechless (well, almost!). That night sparked a passion for Scotch, and I dove headfirst into its history. The meticulous process, the dedication of the master distillers – it resonated deeply.

Here in Japan, variety is the name of the game. From smoky izakayas to sleek sushi bars, every corner offers a drink to complement the experience. Golden Gai, a vibrant haven for locals and travelers alike, thrives on the connections forged over a shared love of good whisky.

My mission now? To unlock the unique magic of Scotch. It’s more than just a drink; it’s a historical journey, a tribute to the Gaelic word for “water” (“uisce”) – the very essence of life.

My travels across Japan have been an incredible adventure, filled with unique bars and unforgettable experiences. These “intel reports” are your blueprint for future expeditions, a guide to hidden alleys and smoky dens beyond the tourist traps.Consider them bookmarks for your own journey of discovery.

This is just the beginning. After all, knowledge is power, especially when it comes to good taste. Keep these pages close,and who knows, you might just find yourself sipping on a rare gem one day. Until then, cheers!


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