Friday, July 31, 2015

Suntory Japanese whiskey pop-up Bar Otsukare at Crane & Turtle on Monday


This sounds awesome! The folks behind Bar Otuskare, which I wrote about last month, are back with another event this Monday the 3rd at Crane and Turtle on Upshur. Read on!


Bar Otsukare Offers “World Whisky of the Year” at Upcoming Pop-up

Released in December 2013 and named “World Whisky of the Year” 2015 in Jim Murray’s prestigious Whisky Bible, arguably no bottle has done more to thrust Japanese whisky into the world spirits limelight than the Yamazaki 2013 Sherry Cask. Bar Otsukare will have this whisky available at its next pop-up bar August 3, starting at 6:30pm at Crane & Turtle (828 Upshur St NW). This is open to the public and tickets are not required.

Named “Suntory Time!”, this installment of the Bar Otsukare pop-up will feature whiskies from the Suntory line of bottlings: whiskies from Yamazaki, Japan's oldest distillery and first Single; Hakushu, the pristine “Forest Mountain Distillery” on Mt. Kai-Komagatake in the Japanese Southern Alps; and Bill Murray's favorite blend, the complex and harmonious Hibiki.

Befitting this month’s theme, Bar Otsukare sought to include the Yamazaki 2013 Sherry Cask, described by Jim Murray as, “near indescribable genius,” and “a single malt which no Scotch can at the moment get anywhere near.” Released in Europe in December 2013 at the original price of £100, the entire stock of 18,000 bottles sold out almost immediately due to the reputation of previous Yamazaki sherry releases. Now, prices on the auction market exceed ~£1500, only fueling the surge in demand for all Suntory whiskies across the globe.


Photos from our Yamazaki 2013 Sherry Cask tasting: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/c0kj88blem5d15r/AADeGN5E3zFPn9Y3uPQRzstwa?dl=0


About Bar Otsukare
“Otsukare!” is a word often heard in Japan after a hard day’s work. Short for “otsukare sama deshita,” the respectful phrase said to co-workers thanking them for their efforts, it is also the refrain that takes the place of “Kampai” when sharing a well-earned drink. A project from D.C. bartenders Eddie Kim (Room 11, Columbia Room, Daikaya) and Jesse Selvagn, Certified Sake Advisor, (Mandu, Proof, Daikaya), Bar Otsukare aims to demystify Japanese drinking culture in an accessible and unintimidating atmosphere.

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