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Is Japanese whisky the same as Scotch whisky?

While Japanese whisky is often compared to Scotch whisky, they are not the same. Japanese whisky is made using a similar production process as Scotch whisky, which involves distilling malted barley and other grains, aging the spirit in oak casks, and blending different batches together to create a desired flavor profile.

However, there are some differences between the two. For example, the climate in Japan is generally warmer and more humid than in Scotland, which can affect how the whisky ages and develops its flavor. Additionally, Japanese whisky producers often use a variety of cask types, including ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks, to impart different flavors and aromas to the whisky.

Overall, while Japanese whisky and Scotch whisky share some similarities in terms of production, they each have their own unique flavor profiles and characteristics.

In a move set to shake up the Japanese whisky industry, the Japan Spirits & Liqueurs Makers Association has announced new regulations to combat the problem of falsely labeled "Japanese whisky." We from LICQOR by Nine has welcomed the change, which aims to bring Japanese whisky standards in line with those of other countries. With stricter guidelines, the industry will have to adhere to rules on what can be considered "Japanese whisky," from the ingredients used to where it is bottled. These changes are set to revolutionize the Japanese whisky market and bring authenticity and quality to the forefront.

Single malt whisky is produced at a single distillery using 100% malted barley, while single grain whisky is produced at a single distillery using wheat or unmalted barley. Blended malt whisky is a blend of multiple single malt whiskies from either the same or different distilleries, while blended grain whisky is a blend of multiple single grain whiskies from either the same or different distilleries. Blended malt and grain whisky is a blend of both malt and grain whiskies. The terms "pure malt" and "vatted malt" are historical classifications that refer to blended malt whisky.

Japanese whisky can be consumed in many ways, depending on personal preference. Here are some common ways to enjoy Japanese whisky:

Neat: This means drinking the whisky at room temperature without any added mixers or water. This allows the full flavor profile of the whisky to be experienced.

On the rocks: Adding a few ice cubes to the whisky can help to open up the flavors and aromas, while also chilling the drink.

Highball: A popular way to enjoy Japanese whisky is to mix it with soda water and ice, which creates a refreshing and easy-to-drink cocktail.

Cocktail: Japanese whisky can also be used as a base spirit in a variety of cocktails, such as a whisky sour or old fashioned.

Ultimately, the way you choose to enjoy Japanese whisky is up to you. Whether you prefer it neat, on the rocks, or in a cocktail, the important thing is to savor and appreciate the unique and exceptional flavor profile of this premium spirit.

Yes we are more than happy to support you! We have put a quotation solution in place to ensure a smooth sourcing experience for fellow businesses. Simply add the desired items to you cart, fill in the Delivery address and Do Not finish the check out after this. We will contact you for additional information e.g. VAT numbers and EU export license if applicable. You will get a confirmation mail with a link to our B2B portal where we will guide you through all the steps from Quotation, Approval up to Invoicing. Check our B2B eCommerce Service for more information.  Feel free to contact us if you required shipping ASAP.

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Please note that we having list prices are including Differential Tax (margin scheme) or VAT. In the latter case you can request for Reverse Charge VAT. We  will issue an invoice without VAT and a statement ‘VAT reverse-charged’ on the invoice. Dutch VAT is 21% so for your reference you can deduct that from the listed prices in case of VAT Reverse Charge. For items with Differential Tax (Margin Scheme) we cannot apply for Reverse-Charging as all duties paid for already.  

Please provide a valid VAT ID and a EU import license amongst your other business details so we can verify in the VIES database.

Simply add the vintage that you want to the cart and follow the checkout steps. We will direct ship your soon to be collectible as soon as as possible: if an item is on stock we aim to ship the next business day. In case of a Pre-Order from our Concierge service, please allow 31 calendar days for us to confirm. Utilizing DHL Express or UPS' services is our way to guarantee fast and compliant delivery. 

Although we only deal with collectibles, we explicitly do not sell to minors as per our policies (NL: Document "Geborgde werkwijze"). Please note that a signature of an adult is required upon delivery and our courier will ask for your ID. 

Pay with any major Credit Card for a peace of mind from the buyer protection. You won't need it though as we will make sure you are happy with our service! We offer the following payment methods:

- Direct Bank transfer
- Local EU bank payment iDEAL, BanContact (maximum amount €50.000)
- Apple Pay, Google Pay and major Credit Cards.


Utilizing DHL Express and UPS' services is our way to guarantee fast and compliant delivery. Simply Check-out and the system will provide you the shipping options. 

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*USA - We can not send to these States: Alabama, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississipi, Utah, West Virginia.

**We don't ship to Finland, Greenland, Russia, Ukraine, Vietnam and Turkey.

Although we only deal with collectibles, we explicitly do not sell to minors as per our T&C and Compliance statement (NL: Document "Geborgde werkwijze"). 

Please note that our courier is required to check your ID before handover. A signature of an adult is required upon delivery.

We are a small private collective from The Netherlands, running an eCommerce platform to share our love for mainly Japanese Whiskies with fellow collectors. We only sell from our own- or collective private collection to make place for new collectibles. We do not have mandate to acquire on behalf of the respective owners. 

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