Whisky bars are a great way to try whiskies that you have never had before. Due to limited space at home and limited finances, I can't buy all the bottles I want. I have to be selective and buy things that I like to drink. Anyway I had two choices, Campbelltoun Loch in Yurakucho or Quercus Bar in Ikebukuro. I read that Campbelltoun Loch is a great place but a little small. I decided to try Quercus bar instead. I'll leave Campbelltoun Loch for another day.
|The sign just outside the door.|
Quercus Bar is a 10 minute walk from Ikebukuro JR station east exit, left along Meiji-dori road. It's on the basement level of a MOS Burger shop. When I entered just after 5:30pm there was already a lone customer enjoying a quiet dram and the bar owner, Watanabe-san. I sat down at the bar and started to chat with Watanabe-san and asked him what he recommended. He asked what I wanted to drink and I said Springbank. He then recommended a whisky especially bottled for the bar. It was a very dark amber and look interesting. I however stuck with the Springbank.
|Springbank 10 @ 46%|
|Lagavulin 16 @ 43%|
|The Floor Malted @ 50.5%|
I thoroughly enjoyed my first ever visit to a whisky bar and I look forward to visiting this bar again. Highly recommended. I wonder which bar I will visit next.