New Thing #356: Japanese Single Malt

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I’ve been waiting to try this for quite some time, but I’ve never wanted to take such a finanacial chance on an unproven scotch. Then I found out that you could get this Japanese single malt in 180ml bottles. Sold.

The very idea of a Japanese single malt whisky (not Scotch, they’d string you up in Scotland if you said such a thing) is crazy. And what’s even crazier is that I really, really like it.

I usually tend to like my scotches on the Speyside of things; smooth, fruity and not too peaty. But this 10 year old Yoichi distilled by Nikka Whisky takes what I normally like from that region and adds just enough smokey peat to really really make it shine. It’s still crisp but has a distinctive weight to it as well. It’s the perfect balance for my palate.

I’m extremely impressed with this fine concotion. Now I know exactly what I’ll be bringing to the next installment of Scotch Night.

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New Thing #84: Iyashi Bedrock Spa

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I believe that the Iyashi Bedrock Spa is the one of its kind in Toronto.

Here’s how it works: in 20 minute increments you lie on heated tiles and sweat your balls off. Then you drink a few cups of water in the cool-down room, rinse and repeat.

At the end of it ever pore in your body has been deep cleaned.

It’s like a steam room without the steam or a sauna without your lungs feeling like their on fire.

The most unintentionally hilarious part though was when Shauna and I pulled put our individually wrapped paper undergarments. Mine were a big bulky pair of boxers and her’s were panties so small they were wrapped up to the size of a tampon. Check out the photo gallery to see for yourself.

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