Thursday, June 7, 2012

Don Quijote - Umeda Renewal

The fairly recent face lift of Umeda's Don Quijote brings hope to whisky drinkers of Osaka, especially to those who are looking for affordable and reasonable whiskies, in particular Japanese whiskies. Sure, there a three large department store chains in Umeda that stock, at times, some amazing bottlings, but these come at a price, which may be out of reach for your average resident. The vamped up, conveniently located store stocks a decent selection of mid-range Japanese whiskies on the second floor. Expressions such as Nikka's Pure Malt (Black/Red), Yoichi and Miyagikyo, as well as Mars' 3&7 and Amber blends can be seen. Perhaps the stand outs, besides your standard Yamazaki and Hakushu bottlings are the 8-year-old Golden Horse and the Mars Maltage 10-year-old "Komagatake". A small selection but nevertheless well worth a look if you’re in the market for a bottle to be consumed sooner rather than latter and while there explore the weird and quirky novelties on offer.

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