With the growing popularity of Japanese whiskey recently the difficulty hasn’t been selecting what is considered a good bottle of Japanese, rather it’s trying to find a good bottle of whiskey available to buy right now whiskey producers have been forced to scramble to keep up with customer demand and as a result the price of good Japanese whiskeys has skyrocketed. There is some value to be had still. Here is what we consider to be 5 of the best Japanese whiskies.
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#1 Nikka Coffey Grain
This has long been considered one of the best brain whiskeys available anywhere in the world. Coffey Grain wins awards all over the world regularly beating whiskeys from Ireland, Scotland and the US. A classic grain whiskey with a hint of spice just to give you a little pop. Best enjoyed on the rocks, this oak finished, fruity, sweet and caramelized spirit is easy to consume.
Despite what they might want you to think, Nikka and Suntory and the only two good whiskey brands to come out of Japan. Nobushi is a younger brand, but it’s slowly building an excellent reputation for itself. As it’s only been aged for 3 to 4 years it still has some attractive flavors. It is named after a new race of Japanese warriors that is said to reflect their fighting style and elegance. This is a really fine sipping whiskey.
#3 Ohishi Sherry Cask
Drawing its water from the famous Kuma River known for its crystal clear flow to the speed it travels at this is a single task Myspace whiskey meaning that there’s a lot of variety from barrel to barrel but despite this being an unfamiliar style of whiskey the sherry has will offer as a familiar tone to most people.
If you’re looking for something, that’s unique this whiskey is worthy of consideration its distillation process is fully done in stainless steel that’s and then it is aged in old cherry casts bringing out its beautiful color and taste.
#4 Suntory Hibiki Harmony
A bottle of Hibiki harmony from satori has long been considered one of the premium whiskeys in the world and it’s hardly surprising to see it on this list despite being the baby brother to Hibiki 21 and her baby 17 which are far more expensive and extremely difficult to locate this bottle of whiskey is a blend from three different distilleries the Chita, Hakushu and Yamazaki. They have produced a characteristic Japanese whiskey that is so smooth that you must enjoy neat
#5 Suntory Toki
Has been noted previously, the Japanese whiskey industry is under severe pressure because of its popularity. It’s audience has become insatiable, and as a result Suntory have released a more immature whiskey to help satiate their taste. This is a more affordable blend.
That a big name Japanese distillery has produced an affordable range of whiskeys means that we popularly use it around the world for cocktails. It offers a spicy sweet and subtly silky taste.
Answering the question “what are the best Japanese whiskeys?” is difficult, for a variety of different reasons, but the five listed above are strong candidates.