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Neyah White

the genius: Neyah White
West Coast Brand Ambassador
Yamazaki and Hibiki Whiskies
San Francisco, CA

the inspiration: I have been studying the Mizuwari recently and really think it is beautiful. This is the Japanese way of taking a simple highball and elevating it to a level near that of the Japanese Tea Ceremony. First a few ice chunks are selected and put into a super-thin, tall glass. A small measure of Japanese whisky is poured over and it is stirred exactly 13 1/2 times. Then two to three times as much water — or soda for a Sodawari — is added to the drink. Next, it’s gently stirred three-and-a-half more times and garnished with a little citrus or fresh herb. Soulful stuff.