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

Will Japanese whisky be eclipsed by Taiwan? The island’s gin and rum also show promise – with one distillery promising spirits ‘good enough for God’

Move aside, Suntory and Nikka? Kavalan isn’t the only Taiwanese whisky you should know about – Holy Distillery even aims for a divine flavour

Move aside, Suntory and Nikka? Kavalan isn’t the only Taiwanese whisky you should know about – Holy Distillery even aims for a divine flavour

Will Japanese whisky be eclipsed by Taiwan? The island’s gin and rum also show promise – with one distillery promising spirits ‘good enough for God’
6 Jun 2021 - 4:00PM
Review | Conor McGregor’s Proper No. Twelve whiskey lacks character, flavour and punch – drink Jameson or Tullamore Dew instead of the this UFC celebrity cash in

We asked a whiskey expert for a critical take on the Irish MMA star’s much-hyped signature bottle – and ultimately it’s no knockout.

We asked a whiskey expert for a critical take on the Irish MMA star’s much-hyped signature bottle – and ultimately it’s no knockout.

Conor McGregor’s Proper No. Twelve whiskey lacks character, flavour and punch – drink Jameson or Tullamore Dew instead of the this UFC celebrity cash in
4 Sep 2020 - 4:59AM
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

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?
5 Jul 2020 - 7:11PM
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

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?
16 May 2020 - 10:34AM
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?

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
23 Apr 2020 - 6:00AM
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?

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?
20 Jan 2021 - 10:25AM
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

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?
13 Mar 2020 - 6:00PM
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

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?
26 Feb 2020 - 6:00PM
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

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?
15 Feb 2020 - 6:00PM
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

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
26 Dec 2019 - 4:00PM
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.

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
1 Nov 2019 - 4:50AM
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

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?
6 Oct 2019 - 12:00PM
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

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
21 Sep 2019 - 7:07AM
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

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?
17 Sep 2019 - 10:00AM
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

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
1 May 2019 - 11:37AM