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Whisky Rising: The Second Edition: The Definitive Guide to the Finest Japanese Whiskies and Distillers

Whisky Rising: The Second Edition: The Definitive Guide to the Finest Japanese Whiskies and Distillers

By: Stefan Van Eycken , Jim Meehan
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Whisky Rising: The Second Edition is the most up-to-date, comprehensive resource on Japanese whisky.

This fully updated guide by whisky authority and Japanese whisky expert Stefan Van Eycken takes you on a tour of some of the most coveted whiskies in the world. Japanese whiskies have become some of the most highly valued whiskies, and have bested traditional producers in major international competitions. Blending proven Scotch and American methods with new ideas, these whiskies are imbued with exotic flavors from local Japanese woods to make a unique and signature product that rings true to Japanese terroir. This revised edition features new craft distilleries, putting a spotlight on their stories, their distillery set ups, and philosophies.

Inside you’ll find:

  • Fascinating interviews and profiles with the most celebrated distillers and blenders, updated to include new competitors in the Japanese whisky world
  • An insider’s guide to the best whisky bars
  • How to drink whisky properly
  • Delicious cocktail recipes
  • Tasting notes and reviews of the best Japanese whiskies

Shedding light on Japan’s most famous blends, its unique whisky culture, and history, Eycken takes you to the heart of Japanese whisky making. Find out why, when it comes to whisky, all eyes are on Japan with Whisky Rising: The Second Edition.


  • Contributor(s): Stefan Van Eycken , Jim Meehan
  • About the Contributor(s): Stefan Van Eycken grew up in Belgium and Scotland and moved to Japan in 2000. He’s the editor of Nonjatta (, the foremost online resource on Japanese whisky, regional editor (Japan) of Whisky Magazine UK, and regular contributor to Whisky Magazine Japan and France. He’s also the man behind the ‘Ghost Series’, an ongoing series of bottlings of rare Japanese whiskies, and ‘Spirits for Small Change’, a bi-annual whisky charity event. He’s been on the Japanese panel of the World Whiskies Awards since 2012.

    Jim Meehan, a bar operator, educator, and author of The PDT Cocktail Book, worked at some of New York City’s most popular restaurants and bars including Gramercy Tavern and the Pegu Club before opening the James Beard Award winning bar PDT in 2007. The former editor of Food & Wine Magazine’s annual cocktail book and the Mr. Boston Bartender’s Guide, Meehan is a regular contributor to Lucky Peach, the global ambassador for Banks Rums, and the curator of the cocktail programs for American Express Centurion lounges nationally. He and his family reside in Portland, Oregon where he operates his consulting firm Mixography Inc.
  • ISBN-13 9781646433612
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 640
  • Dimensions: 8.95(h) x 6.4(w) x 1.95(d) inches
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