Japan - 3/17/14
My first day in Japan. Flying over I read “Drinking Japan” by Chris Bunting who boldy states that Japan is the best place to drink in the world. Reading about the dizzying array of sake, shochu, awamori, beer, whisky, wine and cocktail bars I grew excited as I gradually woke up from my red-eye. Upon arriving I felt a tidal wave of emotion as it really sunk in that I had landed in the Land of the Rising Sun. I was immediately struck by the politeness of the people, the overall cleanliness and the modernity of the city. Traveling from Haneda airport to Yokohama I picked up a few drinks.
Suntory Highball - 7%
N: lemon and lime soda (Sprite), light buttered toast, apple, orange juice, light honey, light cinnamon
P: toast, lemon, lime, orange peel
F: toast, orange juice, lemon, lime, light smoke, slight medicinal off note
O: My first drink at Haneda airport had to be a highball, and with no doubt in my mind I grabbed a Suntory. Light, crisp, simple and refreshing, I can see how these can be a great alternative to beer when the heat turns up. I got a huge lemon & lime thing going on with this one. $2.
Premium Yebisu All Malt Beer - 5%
N: sweet toasted malt, light nutmet, faint grapefruit, orange juice, hay, assorted tropical fruit juice, grape bubblegum, light blackberry, light blueberry
P: toast, hay, light bubblegum, lemon juice, light body & carbonation
F: light toasted malt, dry, light and clean
O: After getting through the culture shock of running on a couple Japanese Rail (JR) lines I needed a beer before going to my host’s house. Yebisu to the rescue! An overall toasty and fruity beer - just what I needed to lift my spirits. $2.
Yoichi NAS - 43%
N: sweet malt, roasted pear, orange marmalade, smoky galangal, cinnamon, ginger, light salt, light jalepeno, caramel, glue, honey suckle
P: sweet malt, root beer, light ginger, toast, salt, light smoke
F: toast, lime, butter, light, orange marmalade, beef broth
O: I was pleasantly surprised when I picked up this bottle after exploring Yokohama a little bit. Commonly sold in 500 ml bottles at convenience stores for $17 it was a perfect night cap. Tons of sweet malt with orange marmalade and roasted pear, it has subtle complexity if you reach deeper. $17.