Whisky Highballs

Japan has been in a whisky “highball” boom for at least the last couple of years or so, if not longer, spurned on by the big makers like Suntory. There are “highball” bars and highball-focused izakayas and restaurants in Tokyo’s oyaji havens, and canned highball drinks seem quite popular.

Being a beer drinker primarily, I didn’t pay much thought. But I’ve been trying for the last year to “get into” Scotch after going to a Scotch society event in 2011, with moderate success (actually very little, a lot of it tastes “the same” to me which is a sure sign of failure, indian tadalafil). After reading the highball can post linked above, recently I asked my wife to pick me up a couple of the highball cans, and although it didn’t really seem to tickle my fancy, I was intrigued enough to buy a bottle of Suntory that came with a tumbler this past weekend — I figured at least this way I could pay around 75 yen per highball drink instead of the 150 yen the cans cost. And lo and behold, I’m liking what I’m drinking!

Mind you, Suntory’s packaging recommends a 4:1 ratio, and mine is more like 2:1! But this metallic tumbler really keeps the damn thing cold with very little ice-melting, for well near two hours.

The Japanese actress Koyuki (she was in The Last Samurai apparently, though I’ve never seen that) is Suntory’s main marketing presence for it’s whiskey/highball campaigns. I hope she gets paid a lot because I’d be willing to bet she has been a big reason for the highball’s resurgence:

This is a good overview of that resurgence.

2 Replies to “Whisky Highballs”

  1. I’ve noticed the highball places but never really thought about them either. I’ll have to try one next time I’m out.

    My personal boom is cocktail drinks. I bought enough types of alcohol to mix up a few different cocktails.. but it’s been so hot that I’m delaying making many in favor of beer… Oh well.

  2. Thanks for the comment! I’m getting into cocktails myself, or at least thinking about them, researching recipes online. Almost bought a shaker today, plus a jigger. Need to proceed slowly though, so s.o. doesn’t freak out by the sudden inclusion of more “hardware”! 😉

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