George Koutsakis

George Koutsakis

George Koutsakis is a contributor for Goldthread. Previously working for one of Japan’s largest Scotch importers, he's also head writer and whisky specialist for Japanese spirits retailer, dekanta. His research and bylines have appeared in Playboy, Financial Times, Food & Wine, The Japan Times, Liquor.com, Wine Enthusiast, and others. He can be found on Instagram @whiskyislander.

Latest from George Koutsakis

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