5 Japanese Whiskies To Try in 2016


If you haven’t had Japanese whisky before, you’re missing out. There are multiple distilleries pumping out some of the best whiskey in the world right now, and many of them are available in the US and elsewhere. For those that haven’t had any, check out our selections before of what to try as you begin your journey into the Land of the Rising Sun’s whiskey-rich world. Our list is by no means comprehensive (and some may not be available in your area), but it will get you going in the direction of wonderful whiskies.

Suntory Single Malt Whisky 18 Year Old ($390) —A whiskey more beautiful than coeds of that age. A flavor ripe with fruity sweetness followed by a nice, long finish. Sherry aromas complete this whisky experience.

Nikka Whisky Single Malt Miyagiko ($58) — One of the younger whiskies on this list, but still with plenty of flavor and depth. It’s described as having a “shortbread” flavor with caramel sweetness and just a hint of spice.

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Hibiki Japanese Harmony ($100) — A blend of ten different malt and grain Suntory whiskies aged in five different casks, this spirit is a tribute to the harmony between the Japanese people and the land around them.

Hakushu 12 Year Old ($107) — An award-winning single malt from Hakashu that works wonderfully in a high ball as well as being a great straight sipping whisky.

Yoichi 15 Year Old ($225) — Made on the island of Hokkaido, Yoichi is made in a climate that resembles that of Scotland. This whisky has flavors of sweet grapes and lychees and was called “An absolute must for anyone who regards himself a whisky connoisseur” by Jim Murphy of Whiskey Magazine.