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Crossroad Lab is a Scotch Malt Whisky Society member in Japan who has turned his passion into a popular YouTube whisky channel @CROSSROADLAB. Last year, SMWS Japan and Crossroad Lab teamed up for the exclusive release in Japan of Cask No. 53.419, which went on to win the Superior Gold award at the Tokyo Whisky & Spirits Competition (TWSC) 2023. Unfiltered caught up with Crossroad Lab when he visited The Vaults recently
What’s your first whisky memory?
In secondary school, I had my first whisky experience at a friend’s house with his dad, sipping Jack Daniel’s mixed with sweet soda. My initial reaction? “Ahhh! Ohhh (not nice!)”
What’s your favourite whisky drinking music?
Blues & Jazz – a perfect harmony with whisky’s soulful essence.
Best film or TV series
Fantasy whisky tasting companion
Currently, I dream of sharing whisky with the masterminds behind its creation – the whisky makers themselves!
Most memorable whisky
Macallan 18 from the 1990s – that was the one that made me fall in love with whisky!
While I usually watch my diet, I can’t resist indulging in high-calorie junk food whenever I get the chance!
Egypt – a mysterious land to explore.
Marmite – a unique culinary experience!
My very own music and whisky bar, nestled in the heart of Hokkaido.
If you were a flavour profile, what would you be?
Heavily Peated: Just like whisky, age has seasoned me with a distinct, bold character!