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

Shin 10 Year Old Mizunara Oak-Finished Japanese Malt Whisky
96 points
$130
A serious and contemplative Whisky that is an exceptional sipper revealing layer upon layer of sweet and spicy Mizinura complexity when given proper time for aeration.
Shin Mizunara Oak-Finished Japanese Malt Whisky
95 points
$90
Delightful and nuanced, this is for the Whisky lover that also appreciates the layers of complexity in a fine tea.
Tenjaku Pure Malt Japanese Whisky
91 points
$70
A shape-shifting whisky that offers a charming and delicate nose followed by a swift and assertive rush of piquant flavor on the palate.