Japanese whiskey consumption in the US is exploding—and now Japanese gin and vodka, too

Dan Kopf
Japanese whiskey consumption in the US is exploding—and now Japanese gin and vodka, too

In 2010, the US imported about $1 million worth of whiskey from Japan. A decade from now Japan might rival the UK, Ireland, and Canada in providing the US its most popular liquor. The story of Japanese whiskey is, in large part, the biography of Masataka Taketsuru.