London’s getting into the swing of Japanese whisky at the moment. Hot on the heels of Mizuwari in Soho, which opened a few months ago, Smiths of Smithfield is hosting a three-day whisky pop-up sponsored by Nikka, featuring what organisers claim is the largest collection of Japanese whiskies in London. 17 of the brand’s single malt and blended whiskies will be on hand for punters to sup, including one named for Masataka Taketsuru, who founded the country’s whisky industry in the 1920s following a spell working at various distilleries in Glasgow.
The bar will also introduce London’s whisky connoisseurs to Omakase, a Japanese concept in which the patron entrusts the chef (or in this case, barkeep) to serve him or her a selection of tipples suitable to their taste and, hopefully, budget. Just don’t blame us if your new-found love for Japanese whisky ends up hurting your wallet more than your head.
The pop-up is on SOS’s first floor bar from 17.00-23.00, 21-31 May. The menu can be seen here, and there’s a little video of what to expect below: