number one? If this is true, this is a "Peat Harbor." I have always been partial to the lslay whiskys myself. I even own two square feet of land at the Laphroaig distillery, thanks to a promotional a few years back, although I haven't gotten a chance to plant my flag there yet. Next thing you know the Japanese will be trying to shape a Bourbon into their own. Not my Maker's Mark!
It seems that after more than 70 years there isn't much in the way of hard feelings left. Japan is now one of our closest allies, despite having usurped us in everything from electronics to whiskys. Can anyone remember the last television made in America? I'll give you a hint.
Yet, no trip to Hawaii is complete without a visit to the site of the USS Arizona. There have been all kinds of speculation surrounding the tragic event. The most popular is that FDR was warned and didn't say anything because he needed a reason for the US to enter the war. Congress had yet to give him that authority, despite two years of pitched battle in Europe. This is similar to the conspiracy theories surrounding the 911 attack, which indicates a lack of imagination on the part of conspiracy buffs. Whatever the reason, Japan paid a heavy price for that act, losing the war and being the testing ground for two nuclear warheads, which for many Japanese is a similar date that has lived in infamy.
My personal feeling is that it is better not to remember these dates as it only evokes bad memories, like the time the US rounded up Japanese-Americans and placed them in internment camps, presumably for their own safety. This is odd, because there were not similar German or Italian-American camps, although similar bad feelings emerged in the wake of the war. Conversely, there were all those awful Japanese prisoner of war camps, and the ethnic cleansing that the Japanese carried out in China, as if they could ever wipe the Chinese from the face of the map. Such memories end up leaving a pretty bad taste in the mouth.
Anyway, I will have to try this Yamazaki whisky and get back to you on it.