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Why Whiskey is Not For Boring People

As we gear up to celebrate National Whiskey Month in September, we’d like to share a few reasons on why you should join us for our Japanese Whiskey Pairing Dinner on Thursday, September 21, 2017, at 6:30 pm.

Did you know whiskey is healthy? It actually means “water of life”, is low in carbs and is fat-free. One shot has only .04 carbs. So, go ahead and put on your skinny jeans and join us for a Hibiki ‘Japanese Harmony’!

Whiskey also has health benefits. Research shows single-malt whiskeys have more ellagic acid than red wine. Ellagic acid is an antioxidant found in most fruits that might absorb rogue cancer cells. More research still needs to be done but it certainly couldn’t hurt to try.

Another health benefit of whiskey is it might reduce your chance of having a stroke as long as you limit yourself to one drink a day. It can also help protect you from heart disease.

Whisky is anything but boring with over 5,000 varieties of single-malt Whisky.

A couple of other interesting facts about whiskey is that it can’t be frozen and an unopened bottle will last 100 years! A half-full bottle will stay good for five years.

So, now that we have you convinced that whiskey is good for you, check out the menu for our Japanese Whiskey Pairing Dinner.

Nikka Sour
Nikka Coffey Grain Whiskey, Giffard Orgeat, fresh citrus, egg white

Jalapeno-Yellowtail Roll
Fresh yellowtail rolled with jalapeño and cucumber, topped with avocado and spicy whiskey-garlic sauce

Mars Shinsu ‘Iwai’ Whiskey – Highball
Inspired by American Bourbons, this corn-based whiskey is sweet with flavors of pear, quince and vanilla 

Almond-Crusted Pork Tenderloin
Wok-charred Brussel sprouts, whiskey-plum sauce

High Line Harmony
An elegant Manhattan, featuring Hibiki ‘Japanese Harmony’ Whiskey, Carpano Antica Formula, Angostura bitters and plum bitters

Seared Beef Tenderloin
Stir-fried shrimp and vegetables

The Yamazaki 12yr Single Malt – Neat
Aged in American, Spanish and Japanese oaks, with delicate flavors of dried fruits and oak with a long complex finish

Bourbon-Maple Crème Brulee
Topped with Bourbon-poached apples

White Oak ‘Akashi’ – Tornado
Smoked apples, cinnamon and star anise

Space for this special event is limited. Please call 480-767-5464 to make your reservations today!


The Japanese Whisky Craze

When most people walk into a bar with the thought of ordering whisky, their minds are usually set on a spirit from the US or Europe. However, these days, Japan is making a big play for the modern whisky drinker’s piece of mind.

Whisky production began in Japan around 1870, with the first commercially produced whisky debuting in 1924. There are two historic figures  who influenced the whisky industry in Japan: Shinjiro Torii and Masataka Taketsuru.

Torii founded Kotobukiya, which would eventually become Suntory. Taketsuru studied the art of distilling in Scotland and brought his knowledge back to Japan, where he was hired by Torii as a distillery executive. Torii established the now-famous Yamazaki distillery, near Kyoto, with the help of Taketsuru. In 1934, Taketsuru left Kotobukiya to form his own distilling company, now known as Nikka, in Hokkaido.

Japanese whiskies began earning critical acclaim in the early 2001 when Nikka’s 10-year Yoichi Single Malt was awarded “Best of the Best” at Whisky Magazine’s annual awards. Since then, Japanese whiskies have continued to garner international attention and acclaim.

As of 2011, there were nine active whisky distilleries throughout Japan. Included in these are the highly acclaimed Yamazaki and Hakushu distilleries (owned by Suntory), Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries (owned by Nikka), Shinshu distillery and White Oak distillery.

You can enjoy many of the acclaimed whiskies from these distilleries at Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill. Each location offers a different selection of Japanese whiskies that you can enjoy served in one of four different ways.

And if you’re really looking for a treat, our Scottsdale location will be hosting a special Japanese Whisky Pairing Dinner on Thursday, September 21st, 2017! This special 4-course dinner will pair whiskies from different Japanese distilleries to highlight the diversity and uniqueness of some of the world’s finest whiskies. Seating for this event is limited, so call 480-767-5464 to make your reservations today!


Quench Your Thirst with us During National Whiskey Month

Historically, we’ve celebrated National Bourbon Month in September. This year, we’re expanding to all types of Whiskey!

We’re not just talking drinks, either. We have an amazing limited time only menu where we’re adding a dose of Whiskey to Ling’s Modern Asian cuisine. There’s no way you can be bored with our chefs regularly creating new and exciting dishes for you to enjoy!

Did you know that Whiskey is our country’s most popular spirit? At Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill, we want you to taste Whiskey in a whole new way with our “Asian Fusion” inspired dishes. 

Our whiskey-infused appetizers are a great introduction to this featured menu. Our Jalapeño Yellowtail Roll will be a sushi experience unlike any other you’ve had. This delicious roll is topped with spicy whiskey-garlic sauce. The Whiskey BBQ Flatbread appetizer features whiskey-hoisin BBQ sauce, candied bacon and blackened chicken. Either dish is a fantastic way to start your meal!

For the main course, why not try our delicious Bourbon-Glazed Pork Sliders or our Wokin’ Whiskey Stir-Fry that features vegetables in a spicy whiskey-garlic sauce. You have an option of adding crispy chicken, shrimp or scallops. We’re also serving Sizzling Whiskey Scallops & Steak in a whiskey-infused soy sauce.

Of course, you know that Ling & Louie’s also has an unbelievable cocktail selection that we’re always reinventing. We have a great variety of classic cocktails combined with our new, unique ones.

This year, we’re featuring highly acclaimed whiskeys from as far East as Japan to as far West as Kentucky! We have crafted amazing cocktails to meet all tastes. Our Whiskey Month cocktail menu features lighter cocktails like the Nikka Sour and Bee’s Sting, both made with Japanese whiskeys and featuring lighter citrus notes for someone looking for a refreshing cocktail. For the serious whiskey drinkers, we have our High Line Harmony, an elegant version of a Manhattan, featuring Hibiki ‘Japanese Harmony’ Whisky, or Louie’s Old Fashioned, with Louie’s very own recipe!

No dinner would be complete without dessert. You must try our Bourbon-Maple Creme Brulee that’s topped with Bourbon-poached apples.