About Japanese Whisky

About Japanese Whisky
Whisky production in Japan began in the early 20th century when producers armed with knowledge gained from time spent learning the craft in Scotland created the first Japanese blended whiskeys. 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.

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 but certainly wouldn't hurt a cocktail.

Top Picks for Japanese Whisky

Helios Distillery Kura The Whiskey
89 points
$70
Clear color. Aromas of honey on whole wheat toast, peat, sliced asian pear, cherry wood, and tobacco with a silky, crisp, dryish light body and a tingling, breezy clover blossom, toasted rice, charred bell pepper, and burnt sugar finish. A smoky malt for superb highballs.