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The Best Japanese Whiskys Worth a Shot

Japanese whiskys are gaining fast popularity all over the world. Inspired by the Scottish tradition of crafting whiskys, Japan has made an important dent in the premium whisky scene through its world class babies to include Suntory.

And the admiration goes in a roundabout way. Where Japanese whiskys are inspired by Scottish brews, Scottish whisky manufacturers are giving their whiskeys a Japanese twist. Proof that whiskys in Japan had innovated and perfected its craft on its own right.

We’ve listed here Whiskys in Japan that are a must to try:

Miyagikyo Single Malt

Produced at Miyagi Prefecture, the Miyagikyo Single Malt is a Nikka product. In their distillery, Nikka uses unpeated barley where the whiskey is dried without hot air or smoke and most importantly made in a single distillery.

Aged in cherry casks, Miyagikyo Single Malt has notes of honey, apple and stone fruit.

The Yamazaki Single Malt 12 Years Old

While we’re on the single malt whiskys, one of the highly recommended is the Yamazaki Single Malt 12 years old. A product of Suntory, this honey flavored whisky is both equally satisfying to the palate and sophisticated in its taste. No wonder as it is aged for 12 years.

For its age, Yamazaki exudes a rich and full bodied mouth feel so much so that one could taste berries, vanilla wafers, spices and apricot jam. Once taken, this whisky leaves a taste of cinnamon, cedar, peach and orange ma marmalade. Truly, giving this whisky its rightful spot in world renowned whisky owing to its complexity and perfection.

Suntory Yamazaki 18 Years Old

Another amazing whisky is whipped in the Suntory distilleries and is called the Suntory Yamazaki 18 years old.

This whisky notes of vanilla, almond, fruits and finishing off with a citrusy yet woody taste. Touted as legendary, this whisky is often difficult to find in liquor shops. Adding this into your collection would surely hit you with a high price considering its taste, popularity and aged perfection. Best luck would be to find this in bars where they are served to delight customers.

Suntory Hibiki

This one is top of our list…and not only ours. It has bagged for four times accolades in the blended whisky category in the esteemed World Whisky Awards in 2014.

Aged for 21 years, this whisky gives a scent of dried fruit and spice and gives a nice finish of deep oak and seductively tasting caramel.

Owing to its popularity and aged-perfection, it is quite difficult to purchase a bottle. One would have to have keen leads when bottles are out in the market.


Japanese whiskys have clearly earned their spotlight in the world. There are a lot more to list down and the list is really short and not exhaustive. These however are trusted and acclaimed brands, which include Suntory that is something to look for and get a hold of once spotted.

“Suntory whiskys are really world class. It has rich vibrant color and a golden taste,” one whisky lover states. And for that, Kampai!


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