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

Tenjaku Pure Malt Japanese Whisky
91 points
$70
Pale gold color. Aromas of fresh grain, banana bread with raisins, toasted walnuts, and honey-drizzled pears with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long melon, smoked peppercorns, pimiento, marinated mushrooms, and banana nougat finish. A shape-shifting Whisky that offers a charming and delicate nose followed by a swift and assertive rush of piquant flavor on the palate.
Helios Distillery Kura The Whiskey
89 points
$70
Clear color. Aromas of honey on whole wheat toast, peat, sliced asian pear, cherry wood, and tobacco with a silky, crisp, dryish light body and a tingling, breezy clover blossom, toasted rice, charred bell pepper, and burnt sugar finish. A smoky malt for superb highballs.