About Japanese Blended Whisky

About Japanese Blended Whisky
Outside of Scotland, there may be no other country that produces as many great whiskeys as Japan. A few natives began producing whiskeys in Japan in the early 20th century, and armed with knowledge from time spent in Scotland learning their craft, blended whiskeys were born in Japan. Single malts did no come about in Japan until the late 20th century and today they are regarded as among the finest in the world.

The finest Japanese single malts are aged for a lengthy period, from 12-18 years. Styles vary from relatively light to more full-bodied with a peaty quality very much in the style of a single malt Scotch. Flavors range from honeyed cereal to brown spices, leather and tobacco. The quality is outstanding; these are meant to be sipped and enjoyed with a cigar after dinner.

Top Picks for Japanese Blended Whisky

Nikka From the Barrel Japanese Blended Whisky
91 points
Dark amber color. Aromas of cinnamon pastry, pickled ginger, sourdough, honey, and raisins with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length crepes, dulce de leche, butter-poached pear, and toasted spice cake finish. A rich and toasty Japanese blended whisky that offers big character that will stand up in craft cocktails.
91 points $69.99
Hibiki Harmony Blended Japanese Whisky
86 points
Gold color. Aromas of sweet corn, cantaloupe, malted milk ball, lemon zest, and lanolin with a velvety, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a sleek, cheery graham cracker, peach tea, meringue, and toasted rice finish. An easy-drinking whisky for refreshing highballs.
86 points $64.99
Suntory Toki Blended Japanese Whisky
84 points
Straw color. Aromas of nougat, spice cake, candied ginger, citronella, and dried apricot with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, brisk white pepper and soy-glazed nuts finish. Inviting aromas shine in this youthful and highball-ready whisky.
84 points $34.99