France: Cider & Calvados

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Driving up to Domaine Dupont

When we decided our trip to France would largely take place in Normandy, we knew we had to spend at least a little time on the Route du Cidre! In general France is most famous for its wine, but in Normandy it’s too cold to grow grapes – so they grow apples! That’s why when visiting the region you drink cider and calvados (an apple brandy). Yum!

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Japan: Yamazaki Distillery (Kyoto/Osaka)

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Entering the Yamazaki Distllery

Visiting Nikka in Sendai wasn’t enough, we also wanted to visit Yamazaki to explore their offerings and take part in a Japanese whisky tasting!

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Japan: Nikka Distillery Day Trip from Tokyo

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Koen’s only request for our trip to Japan was to visit a couple of whisky distilleries, specifically Nikka. Nikka Whisky is actually comprised of 2 distilleries: Miyagikyo in Sendai and Yoichi in Hokkaido – both in northern Japan. Seeing as Yoichi was a 10 hour train ride from Tokyo, Sendai seemed more than doable at 3 hours each way by train (so 6 hours travel in total). Well worth it for whisky lovers!

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