Whiskey lovers or not, there are plenty of ways to enjoy Japanese whiskeys. Nonetheless it is important to have a bit of culture to understand their quality and then we’ll recommend a few whiskeys for you!
First of all, there are two main Japanese companies that make whiskeys. The first one is Suntory which owns several whiskey brands such as Hakushu, Hibiki, Mc Clelland’s and also the 2015 world best whiskey; the Yamazaki (according to the Whiskey Bible). Suntory is also the oldest distillery in Japan as it was created in 1899. As a matter of fact, this family-owned company also has non-alcoholic beverages brands such as Orangina since 2009.
The obvious recommendation is to try the Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask as it is the 2015 world’s best whiskey. However you don’t need to try it because it is famous and delicious but because it is actually fruity and even as a non-lover you might like it! However, it is difficult to find it!
The second main player in the whiskey industry is Nikka which owns the Yoichi distillery in Hokkaido, the Miyagikyo distillery in Sendai and also the Ben Nevis distillery in Scotland!
It is recommended to try them as they are quite cheap and easy to find. In fact, you might find them in convenient stores!
Another recommendation is the High Ball (ハイボール), which is basically a ‘scotch and soda’, but in Japan it has a different taste than anywhere else because of course it is mixed with Japanese whiskey! For people who have never tried, it is the best way to start drinking whiskey as it is very refreshing!
If you don’t even want to try whiskey or if you love the Japanese whiskey, you should definitely bring some bottles home for yourself, your friends or your family! Actually, the Japanese whiskeys are often produced in very original bottles so it is a great gift idea!