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The art of one-ingredient mixology, inspired by sushi

Japanese bar in Taiwan defies trends and opts for simplicity

Wa-Shu has the most extensive collection of Japanese sake, shochu and whisky in Taipei. (Photo by George Koutsakis)

TAIPEI -- Tucked away in a small street near the bustling downtown area of Taipei, Wa-Shu (the name means traditional Japanese alcohol) has been serving up cocktails since 2013, which are renowned in the Taiwan capital's vibrant drinking scene. 

Yet, as talented bartenders the world over enthusiastically blend local ingredients, various spirits, spices and herbs in search of undiscovered flavor combinations, the owner of Wa-Shu, Japanese-born Tomoaki Inaba, goes against the grain, in the complete opposite direction -- one-ingredient mixology. 

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