Preview: Japanese Whisky Masterclasses at Peter Street Kitchen’s Rikyū Bar

Adam Lowe

Adam Lowe is an award-winning author, editor and publisher from Leeds, now based in Manchester. He runs Dog Horn Publishing and is Director and Writing Coordinator for Young Enigma, a writer development programme for LGBT young people.
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With International Whisky Day approaching on 27th March, where better than Peter Street Kitchen’s Rikyū Bar to embark on a journey from past to present and experience a world-class Japanese Whisky Masterclass?

In recent years, Japanese whisky has picked up a few notable trophies, allowing Japanese distilleries to carve out their own niche. Now Japanese whiskies are regarded among connoisseurs as some of the best in the world.

Peter Street Kitchen’s Rikyū Bar is an exciting recent addition to the Manchester scene, and is the perfect place to learn about the history and craft of Japanese whisky. Rikyū Bar specialises in Japanese whiskies, from a mature 17-year-old vintage to more recent blends.

Japanese Whisky Masterclass and Tasting Experience

The Rikyū Bar Japanese Whisky Masterclass and Tasting Experience will cover a brief history of Japanese whisky and plenty of tasting to help you better understand and appreciate each drink on its individual merits.

You will have the opportunity to taste four Suntory whiskies on an expedition that will take you from Yamazaki, Japan’s first and oldest distillery, established in the Osaka prefecture in 1923, right through to the company’s most recent venture, the Hakushu Distillery that opened in Hokuto in 1973.

The tastings will start with the Hakushu distillery, and then work their way backwards, highlighting a mixture of modern and classic cocktail making techniques along the way as guests try a three paired cocktail. Between pairings, the experts will be on hand to answer any audience questions.

Throughout the 90-minute masterclass, held on selected Saturdays from 23 March at 3pm, guests will also enjoy a selection of contemporary Japanese canapés.

Priced at just £50 per person, full details can be found at the Peter Street Kitchen website.

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