About World Whiskies from Japan

About World Whiskies 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

World Whiskies

Tenjaku Pure Malt Japanese Whisky
91 points
A shape-shifting whisky that offers a charming and delicate nose followed by a swift and assertive rush of piquant flavor on the palate.
Tenjaku Blended Japanese Whisky
91 points
A rock solid Japanese blended whisky with nice balance; a good bridge for traditional Scotch whisky drinkers.
91 points $39.99
Hibiki Harmony Blended Japanese Whisky
91 points
A delicate, understated, sherry-influenced whisky that delivers lasting complex flavor.
Suntory Toki Blended Japanese Whiskey
87 points
An ethereal Japanese Blended Whisky with delicate fruit and mineral characters.
Togouchi 15-Year-Old Japanese Blended Whisky
85 points
A nutty and mild Japanese Whiskey that will play well in manhattan style cocktails.
Togouchi Premium Japanese Blended Whisky
84 points
A fruity-sweet Japanese blended whiskey with toasty, biscuity flavors.