Japanese whiskey

Scotch is my go to drink.  Give me a Johnny Walker Black on the rocks and I’m good.  Occasionally I like to try something new but never really got into Japanese Scottish whiskey outside of 12yr. Suntory Yamazaki.  Last Friday some friends and I went to Bevy in Kakaako on the corner of Keawe and Auahi for pau hana.  Since it was my friend’s birthday we stepped to the bar and I asked him what he wanted.  Hibiki is what he chose.  I’m not going to bore you with a long review about the aromas and oaky subtleties.  Let’s just say da buggah was guuud!  So smooth and the bottle looked like a crystal decanter.  Next drink was Yamazaki 18 yr.  In the stores Yamazaki 12 goes for about $50.  Yamazaki 18 retails for $150.   So factoring bar math into the equation the two Yamazaki 18′s cost $70 at Bevy.  Kinda pricy but for that exorbitant price you get a custom made 3″ diameter round ice cube.  lol.  They bring out a cylinder of ice and a contraption that melts it into a perfectly round sphere.  Anyway dat buggah was super ono!  Better be huh!

Later that night I headed to Hanagasa to meet up with a high school classmate who resides in Japan.  Coincidentally he also brought a Japanese whiskey for us to sample, Chichibu Ichiro’s Malt.  According to him it was unobtainable outside of Japan.  We shot it so let’s just say despite his build up of it…..da buggah was rough!

The next night we went to play poker at a different friend’s in-laws and by coin-ki-dink he and his wife bought Japanese Scottish Whiskey to try.  Hibiki again and this one called Nikka Taketsuru 12 Pure Malt.  He picked them up at Don Quijote.  Hibiki $58 and Nikka $60.  The Nikka Takesuru was probably my favorite, but both were good.

Anyway for what it’s worth go try some Japanese Scottish whiskey next time you’re out.


- Paul

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Great game yesterday between the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers…..especially since I’m a huge Seattle fan.  I must have aged five years watching the teams slug it out.

Today the discussion in the media and on all the social networking sites is…. Richard Sherman.  Say what you want about Sherman’s over the top trash talking but his bravado is getting more people hyped about the Superbowl.   As a long time fan of professional wrasslin’, his interviews remind me of many a cocky, self absorbed, “heel” looking straight into the camera and calling out the all-American clean cut “baby face” hero.  Is he related to Booker T?  Maybe it’s just me but I’d rather have an honest reaction like Sherman’s then the typical canned, politically correct, sound clips that star athletes are expected to say and have been saying since they were stars in high school.

That being said I hope he nevah “batchi” himself.  And maybe twenty years from now if he does have a long hall of fame career and becomes an NFL analyst like Deion Sanders, the public will look back on yesterday’s interviews and laugh.

Should be a great Superbowl!  Good luck to the Denver Broncos……NOT!  Legion of Boom gonna shut Manning down if ya smellllllllll….what the Hawks are cookin’!


Launch of Kababayan Today at the Philippine Consulate

The Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu wishes to invite the Filipino-American community in Hawaii to a reception celebrating the launch of KABABAYAN TODAY on KIKU-TV on 3 October 2013 (Thursday) at 6:00 pm at the Philippine Consulate. KABABAYAN TODAY is America’s first and only locally-produced talk show for and about the Filipinos.

Kababayan Today (formerly Kababayan L.A.) celebrated its 7th anniversary in April 2013, making it the longest-running Filipino talk show outside the Philippines. It broadcasts over the air in Southern California, reaching 6.3 million households on LA 18, KSCI-TV. In May of this year, Kababayan Today began broadcasting daily on KIKU-TV in Hawaii. KIKU-TV broadcasts on Channel 20 and on Oceanic Cable Channel 9. Worldwide, it is available at www.youtube.com/kababayanla18.

Ms. Jannelle So, host and producer of Kababayan Today, will be visiting Honolulu from 3 to 7 October 2013 to reach out to our kababayans in Hawaii, meet and establish relationships with the Filipino-American community, business organizations and media; film special interest stories and features around Hawaii; and ask for story submissions and pitches on what our kababayans want to see on the program.

For inquiries and confirmation of attendance, please get in touch with Mr. Jeffrey de Mesa jeffovp@gmail.com at telephone numbers 808-595-6316 to 19.