thanks, islay peat, once again. a road trip is not likely--i'm married with a kid, and work takes up the week--but i appreciate it. it might just be a solo trip to take sometime down the road.
i live in the heart of sake/rice country (niigata prefecture), and there IS a SAKE distillery not 30 minutes' walk from my house (i can see it from here!): asahiyama. THAT is a trip i'm gonna take! (my nightly drink, in fact, is not scotch but sake...)