Whisky set, Mori Masahiro

Whisky set, Mori Masahiro

Whisky set
Designed by Mori Masahiro
Made by Hakusan Porcelain Company
Japan, Nagasaki
About 1979
Porcelain and stainless steel
Museum no. FE.107 to F-1981

Spirits: Whisky in Japan

Japan is among the world's largest producers and consumers of whisky. The country's first commercial distillery opened in 1924, employing Scottish methods to produce a rival to the traditional local spirit, shochu. Spirit drinks have a long history in Asia. Distillation was first practised in ancient Babylonia, and alchemists developed modern distilling methods in Iran in the 8th and 9th centuries. The technology eventually reached Europe 300 years later.