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Drinks Whistler’s Secret to Satisfying Singapore Consumers is its Wide Selection of Japanese Brews and Spirits

Whistler’s Secret to Satisfying Singapore Consumers is its Wide Selection of Japanese Brews and Spirits

Whistler’s Secret to Satisfying Singapore Consumers is its Wide Selection of Japanese Brews and Spirits
By Joyce Huang
April 30, 2021
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The prized selection from Whistler Wine & Spirits includes a spotlight on the art of sake blending that is behind the exquisite Tanaka 1789 X Chartier sake

Over the past decade, global appreciation for Japanese alcoholic beverages has increased significantly with imbibers now armed with a more discerning palate. They’ve also been seeking out a wider range of craft spirits such as whisky, gin and vodka, and discovering the joys of Japanese grape wine. Even when it comes to beer and sake, more are increasingly inclined towards unique, premium and artisanal options. Catering to these consumers, Whistler Wine & Spirits carries a comprehensive selection of quality Japanese alcoholic beverages, including the exclusive Tanaka 1789 X Chartier blended sakes.

Located in Miyagi, Japan, the Tanaka 1789 Sake Brewery has been producing hand-crafted sakes for more than two centuries, taking pride in using ancestral and natural methods, as well as the highest quality rice and water, to imbue their award-winning artisanal sakes a complex, rich and singular character. Riding on the mastery of these traditional techniques, Tanaka 1789 recently collaborated with master blender and aroma specialist François Chartier to revolutionise the sake-making scene by introducing the Tanaka 1789 X Chartier, a range of high-end sake blends.

The art of blending is employed in the making of many exquisite wines, champagne, whisky, sherry and even port, but seldom for sake. Working together to experiment with explore the possibilities with the sakes of Tanaka, the teams from Chartier and Tanaka were surprised to find that the method led to an enhanced experience of the selected Junmai sakes. Thus began this collaboration of craftsmanship, where Chartier worked alongside Tanaka’s Toji, or master brewer, to develop six new base sakes for blending.

Chartier’s innovative blending process involves multiplying, augmenting, and magnifying the aromatic synergy between the different sakes to develop a range of blends that are different in texture, flavour, colour and aroma.

(Related: What Makes Sake The Perfect Choice For Any Dish)

Nanbubijin Junmai Daiginjo Jyukusei-Koshu
Nanbubijin Junmai Daiginjo Jyukusei-Koshu

Of special note, the Tanaka 1789 X Chartier Blend 001 vintage 2018 is the inaugural blend crafted to be enjoyed with food. The aromatic sake explodes into a symphony of flavours from the first sip, enveloping the palate with a dense and rounded mouthfeel that includes a creamy umami finish. This is balanced with natural fresh acidity reminiscent of the elegance and verticality of the best white wines of the world. Made with the potential for long bottle ageing, the acidity, texture and savouriness of the Tanaka 1789 X Chartier sakes are also expected to evolve beautifully with time.

Echigozakura Daiginjo Yamadanishiki
Echigozakura Daiginjo Yamadanishiki
Sake Hundred Shirin
Sake Hundred Shirin

A purveyor of quality Japanese alcoholic beverages and proud distributor of Tanaka 1789 X Chartier sakes, Whistler Wine & Spirits has been providing consumers in Singapore with a wide selection of sake, shochu, and Japanese craft spirits for over 20 years. The range not only reflect the advancement of technology that has enabled breweries to make more precise and refined sakes but also a maturing base of consumers who seek out craft sakes that flaunt unique types of water, sake rice, yeasts and even brewing methods. As such, Whistler’s wide portfolio of sakes, which champion a diverse showcase of aromas and profiles, is also focused on educating Singapore consumers’ sake appreciation.

(Related: What New Rules Defining the Label Mean For Japanese Whiskey Fans)

Amahagen blended malt whisky
Amahagen blended malt whisky
Kyoya Shuzo Premium Yuzu Gin
Kyoya Shuzo Premium Yuzu Gin

Through their online shop at www.sake.sg, consumers can easily purchase quality sakes such as the aged Nanbubijin Junmai Daiginjo Jyukusei-Koshu and the limited Echigozakura Daiginjo. Exclusive and popular ranges of sakes include Masumi Sake’s flagship four colour series, the elegant and complex offerings of Sake Hundred, and the premium brews of Suigei.

This quality variety includes Whistler Wine & Spirits’ range of Amahagen blended malt whiskies from the Nagahama distillery, one of Japan’s newest and smallest distilleries, that will no doubt please whisky aficionados. Lovers of craft gin can look to labels such as Kanomori, distilled with 19 botanicals, including the kuromoji (Lindera umbellata) that's native to Japan; and the Kyoya Shuzo Premium Yuzu Gin.

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