Bamboo Forest vs. Stone Castle: The rival empires of Japanese whiskey

By Frances Cha, CNNUpdated 26th March 2014
Yamazaki is celebrated for its pristine water.
Yamazaki is celebrated for its pristine water.
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Yamazaki's  free tasting samples.
Yamazaki's free tasting samples.
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The bartender at Nikka's Whiskey Club says he doesn't have a favorite. He loves them all.
The bartender at Nikka's Whiskey Club says he doesn't have a favorite. He loves them all.
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In the factory shop, visitors can purchase whiskeys only available on site.
In the factory shop, visitors can purchase whiskeys only available on site.
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The Winterfell of Japanese whiskey.
The Winterfell of Japanese whiskey.
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