Ja­panese hon­our for fu­sion whisky founder

The Scotsman - - Around Scotland - By PAUL WARD

A uni­ver­sity lec­turer who blended Scot­tish and Ja­panese malts to cre­ate the first “fu­sion” whisky has been hon­oured by the far-east coun­try.

James Mil­lar has been awarded a For­eign Min­is­ter’s Com­men­da­tion in recog­ni­tion of his work in “pro­mot- ing mu­tual un­der­stand­ing be­tween Ja­pan and the United King­dom”.

Mr Mil­lar, a vis­it­ing lec­turer at Robert Gor­don Uni­ver­sity (RGU) in Aberdeen, named his fu­sion whisky The Glover af­ter “Scot­tish Sa­mu­rai” Thomas Blake Glover.

He has also con­trib­uted to the es­tab­lish­ment of the first Scot­tish Govern­ment cross­party group on Ja­pan, the cre­ation of a Ja­panese lan­guage group and cre­ated links be­tween RGU and Ja­pan.

He said: “I am very hon­oured that the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs thought my work was wor­thy enough to war­rant this pres­ti­gious com­men­da­tion.

“I have al­ways been a great ad­mirer of Ja­pan and it has been pleas­ing to see our two coun­tries come closer to­gether through each of the pro­jects I have worked on.

“I would not have been able to get this far with­out the help of my fam­ily, friends and col­leagues, so I would like to thank them for their in­cred­i­ble sup­port over the years.”

Mr Mil­lar co-founded Fu­sion Whisky Ltd to con­tinue to de­velop blends.

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