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

Tenjaku Blended Japanese Whisky
91 points
Gold color. Aromas of raisin toast, sticky rice, gingerbread, iodine, straw, violet, and ripe melons with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light body and a peppery, charming, medium-long pears, honey, marmalade, and pink peppercorns finish. 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
Pale amber color. Aromas and flavors of candied raisins, toasted fruitcake, roasted pineapple, buttery pastry with honey, and walnut praline with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, engaging, long finish revealing notes of cinnamon babka and bananas foster finish. A delicate, understated, sherry-influenced Whisky that delivers lasting complex flavor.
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
Suntory Toki Blended Japanese Whisky
87 points
Gold color. Aromas of gingerbread with hazelnut, marjoram, golden apples, and autumn leaves with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, appealing, medium-length tea with honey, glazed pears, porridge with cream, nutmeg, and candied orange peel finish. A solid Japanese Whisky with a delicate melange of flavors and an easy-drinking style for highballs and beyond.
Togouchi 15-Year-Old Japanese Blended Whisky
85 points
Golden amber color. Aromas of croissant with honey, orange marmalade, caramel, apple pie, and pink peppercorn with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length hints of dried cranberry, buttercream, coconut, spiced tea, and hazelnut finish. A nutty and mild Japanese Whisky that will play well in Manhattan-style cocktails.
Togouchi Premium Japanese Blended Whisky
84 points
Pale light gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of sweet pear drops, spumoni, honey cake, and smoked chocolate with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish evoking accents of lavender-scented biscuits, creamy taffy, and tea with cream. A fruity-sweet Japanese Blended Whisky with toasty, biscuity flavors.