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
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
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
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!
Roku Gin
86 points
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of Douglas fir, lemon zest, lemon pound cake, and lime Jell-O with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, medium-long finish. A lemon-forward Gin with big citrus character.
135º East Hyogo Dry Gin
86 points
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.