George Koutsakis

George Koutsakis

Previously working for one of Japan’s largest Scotch importers, George Koutsakis is a freelance writer and whisky specialist. His research and bylines have appeared in the South China Morning Post, Playboy, Financial Times, Food & Wine, The Japan Times, Liquor.com, Wine Enthusiast, and others. He can be found on Instagram @@georgekoutsakis_.

Latest from George Koutsakis

Home of the highball, Japan gave us Hibiki, Nikki and Yamazaki – but does Taiwan love whisky even more?

Both are among the world’s biggest importers of Scotch, but there are big differences in preferred styles, drinking cultures and domestic production – and Japan definitely has a softer spot for bourbon

5 Jul 2020 - 7:11PM

Both are among the world’s biggest importers of Scotch, but there are big differences in preferred styles, drinking cultures and domestic production – and Japan definitely has a softer spot for bourbon

Home of the highball, Japan gave us Hibiki, Nikki and Yamazaki – but does Taiwan love whisky even more?
Scotch whisky vs bourbon whiskey: which is better for food pairing menus?

Wine, sake and even beer is regularly paired with different dishes and desserts – but contrary to popular belief, a good whisky can prove an equally complimentary culinary companion

16 May 2020 - 10:34AM

Wine, sake and even beer is regularly paired with different dishes and desserts – but contrary to popular belief, a good whisky can prove an equally complimentary culinary companion

Scotch whisky vs bourbon whiskey: which is better for food pairing menus?
Kavalan vs Sullivans Cove: Taiwan takes on Tasmania in the battle of the single cask – Whisky Debates column

These two distilleries are both producing award winning whiskies from different hemispheres and climates, but who will win this battle of the bottle?

23 Apr 2020 - 6:00AM

These two distilleries are both producing award winning whiskies from different hemispheres and climates, but who will win this battle of the bottle?

Kavalan vs Sullivans Cove: Taiwan takes on Tasmania in the battle of the single cask – Whisky Debates column
Whisky Debates: Which Japanese blends are the best – Suntory’s Hibiki or Nikka’s Taketsuru?

Suntory and Nikka produce whiskies that range in expression and age, but which is smoother and more balanced, and which just tastes better?

2 Apr 2020 - 6:00PM

Suntory and Nikka produce whiskies that range in expression and age, but which is smoother and more balanced, and which just tastes better?

Whisky Debates: Which Japanese blends are the best – Suntory’s Hibiki or Nikka’s Taketsuru?
Whisky Debates: Water vs ice – which goes best with your dram?

Water opens up a host of flavours in whisky, whereas ice makes the whisky duller but can be the perfect addition on a warm summer’s night

13 Mar 2020 - 6:00PM

Water opens up a host of flavours in whisky, whereas ice makes the whisky duller but can be the perfect addition on a warm summer’s night

Whisky Debates: Water vs ice – which goes best with your dram?
Whisky Debates: Scotch vs Japanese – which is the best investment if you are a collector?

In the second part of the STYLE series, we assess which of the two leading whisky categories to pursue for investment and profit

26 Feb 2020 - 6:00PM

In the second part of the STYLE series, we assess which of the two leading whisky categories to pursue for investment and profit

Whisky Debates: Scotch vs Japanese – which is the best investment if you are a collector?
Whisky Debates: Glenfiddich 12 Year Old vs Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old – what’s the best entry-level single malt?

In the first part of a new STYLE series, we put two of the world’s bestselling and most easily found single malt whiskies head-to-head

15 Feb 2020 - 6:00PM

In the first part of a new STYLE series, we put two of the world’s bestselling and most easily found single malt whiskies head-to-head

Whisky Debates: Glenfiddich 12 Year Old vs Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old – what’s the best entry-level single malt?
How to choose the perfect wine, according to Hide London, the restaurant with Europe’s largest wine list

Do you experience fear every time a sommelier presents you with the wine list? We visited the restaurant with Europe’s largest cellar for a crash course on all things grape

26 Dec 2019 - 4:00PM

Do you experience fear every time a sommelier presents you with the wine list? We visited the restaurant with Europe’s largest cellar for a crash course on all things grape

How to choose the perfect wine, according to Hide London, the restaurant with Europe’s largest wine list
How Taiwanese flowers became a top ingredient for cocktails at Bar Mood in Taipei

Nick Wu of Bar Mood enlists a botanist to help him pluck and use flowers to enhance his award-winning drinks and cocktails.

1 Nov 2019 - 4:47AM

Nick Wu of Bar Mood enlists a botanist to help him pluck and use flowers to enhance his award-winning drinks and cocktails.

How Taiwanese flowers became a top ingredient for cocktails at Bar Mood in Taipei
Can Taiwan’s premium gin producers take on the world – and Taiwanese drinkers who prefer foreign liquor?

As creativity booms in the world of food and cocktails, Taiwan’s inventive inhabitants have taken note of global spirit trends and begun experimenting with everything from gin to single malt whisky

6 Oct 2019 - 12:00PM

As creativity booms in the world of food and cocktails, Taiwan’s inventive inhabitants have taken note of global spirit trends and begun experimenting with everything from gin to single malt whisky

Can Taiwan’s premium gin producers take on the world – and Taiwanese drinkers who prefer foreign liquor?
Where to buy the rarest and most expensive whiskies in Hong Kong – up to US$638,000 – without attending an auction

6 of the most desirable (and pricey) whiskies you can pick up straight off the rack – from Hanyu Ichiro’s collectable playing card series to a 72-Year-Old Macallan

21 Sep 2019 - 7:07AM

6 of the most desirable (and pricey) whiskies you can pick up straight off the rack – from Hanyu Ichiro’s collectable playing card series to a 72-Year-Old Macallan

Where to buy the rarest and most expensive whiskies in Hong Kong – up to US$638,000 – without attending an auction
Why did whisky maker Glenfiddich experiment with champagne casks – and what were the results?

The US$300 Glenfiddich Grand Cru was aged for 23 years and finished in French cuvée grand cru wine casks

17 Sep 2019 - 10:00AM

The US$300 Glenfiddich Grand Cru was aged for 23 years and finished in French cuvée grand cru wine casks

Why did whisky maker Glenfiddich experiment with champagne casks – and what were the results?
Why you have probably never heard of shochu – Japan’s most popular drink

Here’s why shochu is virtually unknown outside Japan and what producers are doing to change that

1 May 2019 - 11:37AM

Here’s why shochu is virtually unknown outside Japan and what producers are doing to change that

Why you have probably never heard of shochu – Japan’s most popular drink