About Gin and Genever from Japan

About Gin  and  Genever from Japan
Japan has become a major player in the single malt category; as some examples are considered among the finest in the world. Quality malt whiskey in Japan was first produced in the 1920s; today there are several distilleries that craft products based on single malt Scotch. There are numerous styles from very light to those with a heavy peaty quality. The best examples are aged from 12 to 18 years in wood barrels. The other main spirit in Japan is shochu, a beverage made from any number of ingredients, such as barley, rice, buckwheat or even carrots. Having a clear appearance, a shochu displays a wide range of aromas such as fig, fruit cake, paprika and even marinated mushrooms. Shochu has an alcoholic percentage ranging form 25% to 45% and is served neat, on the rocks or sometimes mixed with fruit juice.

Top Picks for Japan

Gin and Genever

Etsu Handcrafted Gin
94 points
$39.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of dried lime, lemongrass, sancho pepper, eucalyptus, bay, and juniper with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, complex, medium-long finish with overtones of jasmine and leather conditioner finish. A masculine of center gin with pervasive notes of dried herbs.
94 points $39.99
Sakurao Original Japanese Dry Gin
88 points
$69
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of floral bouquet, cucumber, hints of cinnamon, licorice, and caraway with a soft, dry light-to-medium body and a hot, long finish imparting notes of shredded wheat finish. A shape-shifting Gin with flavor that builds with each sip.
Sakurao Classic Japanese Dry Gin
87 points
$48
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of juniper jelly, spearmint, cinnamon, angelica, bergamot, oregano, and peppercorns with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of candied orange and floral tea finish. A rock solid Gin with nice concentration of flavor and a versatile style; cocktail away!
135º East Hyogo Dry Gin
86 points
$29
Clear color. Aromas of cinnamon, cedar, and candied ginger with a supple, crisp, dry light body and a tingling, medium-length roasted carrots, cracked juniper, and peppercorns finish. A mild Gin with distinctive flavors; great for cool weather cocktails.
Roku Gin
86 points
$27.99
Gin
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of fresh lime, tangerine peel, black pepper, ginger, cardamom, and juniper with an oily, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, medium-length finish with elements of marmalade. A citrusy and bright Gin poised for bubbly long drinks.
86 points $27.99