Japanese whiskies are among the very best whiskies in the world. Surging to popularity in recent years, Japan has produced many exotic gems that have rivaled Scotch whisky for years.
Japanese whisky is often said to have very similar characteristics to Scotch, which is a nod to the fact that most of Japan’s top whisky-makers learned their production techniques in Scotland. But the signature, distinctly silky textures is what puts Japanese whisky in a league of its own.
Names of popular Japanese whiskies? Hibiki, Yamazaki, Hakushu and Yoichi have been pursued by connoisseurs ever since whisky critic Jim Murray named a Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask the best whisky in the world.
With a surge in popularity, Japanese whiskies are becoming extremely rare. The traditions and nuanced climate of Japan influences are what make this spirit so unique.
Due to the dynamic climate of Japan, their whiskies mature at a faster rate than in Scotland, and similar to the US, the wood the spirit is aged in imparts a lot more flavor into the final product. Feeling thirsty? Browse these exotic Japanese gems below.