Japanese Whisky is famous for being delicate, subtle and extremely complex. It’s becoming more and more popular all the time. If you haven’t yet tried whisky from Japan, you may be unsure of which bottle to start with. That’s why we’ve created a list of our 9 favourite Japanese whiskies for you to try in 2019.
First on our list is one of the most iconic whisky bottles to have ever been produced in Japan. This single malt japanese whisky is enjoyed all over the world, and with good reason. The 12 year old bottle comes with a signature multi-layered taste which can be enjoyed for under £200.
Nose: Peach, pineapple, grapefruit, clove, candied orange, vanilla, Mizunara (Japanese oak)
Palate: Coconut, cranberry, butter
Finish: Sweet ginger, cinnamon, long finish
Hibiki is a blended whisky which is a notoriously sophisticated creation. This discontinued whisky won the top prize at the World Whisky Awards in 2010 and 9 years later it still stands as one of Japan’s finest. The whisky has perfect poise and balance, with an appealing nose and complex taste. To learn more about the Hibiki 17, visit our product page.
Nose: Quite fruity: plums and a touch of cherry. Oak and grains and some shy sherry notes in the background.
Palate: Very light and mostly dry. The wood influence appears quickly
Finish: Drying with the oak tannins holding court.
A more affordable option from Hibiki is the harmony blended whisky. This blended whisky is created from a precise combination of whisky from three of Suntory’s distilleries across Japan. Priced at £64, this elegant whisky provides depth of flavour at a good price.
Proving notes of vanilla and fruit, Yoichi is one of the finest bottles from Nikka in Japan, which dates back to 1934. This complex and unusual whisky is available online from our store for £200. We offer shipping worldwide, so if you’d like to try Yoichi 10 for yourself, we can deliver it to your door.
Nose: Ripe fruit and floral tones with a rich hint of cinnamon and spice.
Palate: Earthy yet sweet beneath. Notes of vanilla and orange with developing spicy touches.
Finish: Pleasant peaty notes, deep smoke in the aftertaste.
5. Hakushu Japanese Whisky
Located at the foot of the southern Japanese alps, the Hakushu distillery produces some of the most unique whisky available anywhere in the world. We have both the 12 year old and 18 year old single malt in stock online.
Hakushu 12 year Old
Nose: fresh fruit, apple green, lemongrass, and a little smoke.
Palate: green apple, dark caramel, caramelized sugar, charcoal, spinach
Finish: woody / hay, molasses, dark muddy berries, bit of green vegetable, faint citrus.
Hakushu 18 Year Old
Nose: Orange, pear and a dry smokiness. Fruit salad.
Palate: Patisserie sweet, baked goods and baked goodness.
Finish: Long and fruity with Manuka honey with subtle smokiness.