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In Praise of Time: Where Landscape Meets Gastronomy – SOLD OUT

Good whisky is made at the intersection of botanical science and art, with “time” as its magical component.

This is where the natural order of things and terroir critically shape and influence the gustatory landscape of the “water of life”.

Seiichi Koshimizu, photo courtesy of Suntory

Like gardens, there is an intricate art to whisky-making as much as there is an utter obedience of mankind to nature against the backdrop of the tapestry of seasons.

Portland Japanese Garden is proud to present the West Coast’s first-ever official lecture and tasting of prime Japanese whiskies by Suntory’s Chief Blender Emeritus and Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame inductee, Seiichi Koshimizu on July 16 and again on July 17.

Naomi Pomeroy, photo by Chris Cou

This evening event is coupled with a culinary art pairing by one of the Pacific Northwest’s most prominent chefs, Naomi Pomeroy of BEAST (James Beard Foundation’s 2014 “Best Chef Northwest”) to bring out the best and most playful facets of the featured whiskies of the evening, the blend Hibiki Japanese Harmony and the single malt Yamazaki 12 Years Old.

Join Steve Bloom (CEO), Sadafumi Uchiyama (Garden Curator), Aki Nakanishi (Arlene Schnitzer Curator of Culture, Art & Education), and Hugo Torii (Director of Garden Maintenance) on a private bespoke tour of the garden as part of the unforgettable gastronomic immersion.



To join waitlist, please email or call 503-542-0280.

1. This event is a 21 years of age and older event.
2. The paired tasting menu by BEAST is designed to bring out different characters of whisky-based cocktails but not intended to be a full-course dinner.
3. This event includes a 30-minute walking tour of the Garden. Please wear appropriate footwear for hills & gravel.
4. Ms. Pomeroy’s menu is currently being crafted for this event. If you have dietary restrictions, please call and communicate them directly to Portland Japanese Garden when purchasing your ticket. If we are unable to accommodate, your ticket will be refunded as soon as possible.

Enjoy your evening with responsible transportation choices.