Location -814 1st Street, Miami , Florida
The Gagit’s usually do not go to a class to drink but for a Japanese Whiskey tasting we would drive to Tokyo but no need right here 5th of South is the place tonight.Even though , I usually do not drink Scotch ,a tasting at Pok Pok Brooklyn a few years ago was all I needed to make Japanese Whiskey my go to Brown Liquor.
We enter Radio Bar and it was all set up for this Mixology glass , as shown, as we are greeted by Aldo the Mixologist , also shown . Before , the class begins , we are taken by Teddy Collins the General Manager to their new restaurant next door Red Ginger for a special treat , a taste of Sake , shown , and then back to Radio Bar for the tasting.
Tonight ,since the three whiskeys, are all from Suntory Distiller , their representive Victor is here to give us the Japanese Whiskey class.The first Whiskey presented is Hakushu , 12 year old Japanese Single Malt Whiskey. Hakushu, is made in a distillery in the Japanese Southern Alps. It is a blend of Japanese water from the mountain rain forest, Peat and Barley from Scotland ,aged 12 years with rich fruity aromas with a soft smoke taste.
The second bottle for tasting tonight is Hibiki, Japanese 12 year old Blended Whiskey.It is true Blend of Single Malt and regular whiskeys. It is bamboo charcoal filtered with plum -liquer cask maturation. Its unique 24 -facet bottle representing the Japanese lunar calender. Japanese Whiskey lovers like the Gagit’s enjoy its signature spicy fruity and hint of sourness at the finish.
The third and last bottle to taste of the night is the highest brand of the Suntory group, Yamazaki , 12 year old Single Malt Whiskey.Yamazaki is the first Japanese single malt whiskey. Its secret lies not only from the Barley from Scotland , but matured in three different oak casks, Spanish Oak, American White Oak, and Japanese “Mizunara”giving the whiskey its complex taste and unique flavor.It is a medium bodied whiskey with aromas of honey and dried fruit,and a lingering woody, dry finish. Yamazaki is so popular it is on the hardest to find list so even tasting is a treat.
Although, we tasted all three Japanese Whiskeys, we are not through, we now make our own cocktail based on the Red Ginger recipe of Josh, the mixologist at Red Ginger. The drink is based on a Negroni with Scotch and called Hashtag , and the recipe, 1 ounce Hakushi,1 ounce Cocchi Sweet Vermouth and half ounce each of Amaro Montenegro and Suze Liquor and 2 two quick drops of Angostura Bitters, put in ice, stir and strain and my drink is shown ready to drink with an orange peel after Josh passed it in the straw test.
Let the Truth be Told, we were looking forward to taste Japanese Whiskey but not expecting the outstanding treat we were extended by all at Radio Bar and Red Ginger, and we even got to take home the bar supplies used in mixing our Cocktail. On the way out , Teddy told me next months Mixology class is Pisco, and I told him we will be there to not only to taste but to enjoy the hospitality of the Radio Bar staff.