Pop-up champions Japanese whisky and bartending

Stanislav VadrnaA pop-up bar is to be created for Japanese whisky Nikka within the refurbished cocktail bar at London restaurant Smiths of Smithfield.

Running from May 21 to 31, it will showcase 17 of Nikka’s premium single malt and blended whiskies for sampling, described as the biggest line-up of good-quality Japanese whiskies ever assembled in a bar in London.

The whiskies from the Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries will include the award-winning Taketsuru 17-year-old pure malt which is named after Masataka Taketsuru who established Nikka in the 1920s.

The bar will celebrate Japan’s bartending style of “omakase”, which entrusts the choice of drink to the bartender who will make something depending on the customer’s taste and mood.

This will be demonstrated by Tiziano Tasso, Smiths of Smithfield’s bartender and mixologist, and Nikka ambassador Sayumi Oyama.

Presentations will include a session on Japanese bartending by Stanislav Vadrna (pictured), who is brand ambassador for Nikka’s Perfect Serve activities.

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