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Let’s start by looking to a city that does hot and steamy rather better than us—Tokyo, where the most fashionable refresher of the moment is the Highball. A ceremonial take on the whisky and soda, the Highball is often mixed for company by the host and served in heavy glassware with masses of (sometimes hand-carved) ice. Simple, crisp and convivial, the Highball is best with the typically fragrant Japanese whiskies such as those from Yamazaki, the distillery behind the 25 year old malt which recently trounced the Scots to win World’s Best Malt at the World Whiskies Awards.

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