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Japanese Whisky

Postby Steve » Tue Jun 18, 2002 8:16 pm

Hi,

I'm going to Japan shortly and would like to pick up a nice (local) single malt whilst I'm there. Can anyone reccommend the definitive Japanese single malt that I should buy?

Thanks.
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Postby Ize » Wed Jun 19, 2002 5:44 am

Suntory Hibiki (15 Y.O.), I guess is one well known and widely accepted whisky. Suntory Yamazaki (12 Y.O.) is cheaper single malt (not that Hibiki would be very expensive either), but IMO Yamazaki isn't really amazing.
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Postby lexkraai » Wed Jun 19, 2002 6:45 am

Steve, if you like peaty whiskies, definitely get a bottle of Yoichi 12 y.o. (not the 10, but the 12). Ardbeg-like peating levels, but still with a character of its own. Among my all-time favourite whiskies.

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Re: Japanese Whisky

Postby bevoggi » Sun Jul 20, 2014 12:36 pm

Japanese whisky is among my favorites. Suntory Hibiki and Yamazaki are good, best aged over 12 years. 8)
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Re: Japanese Whisky

Postby peergynt323 » Wed Jul 23, 2014 8:08 am

If you're in Tokyo, there are some great whisky bars and whisky shops that sell lovely bottlings from the 90s and early 2000s that are just phenomenal. If I were you I would buy maybe a bottle of Yoichi 21yo and spend the rest of your cash on Scottish whisky. While over there, I had a chance to try some very cool stuff like:

1974 CC Ardbeg
Yamazaki 25yo
Duncan Taylor Bowmore (1960s vintage)
Samaroli Highland Park 1988
Samaroli 1978 Ardmore

It's a veritable gold mine of old valuable bottles from Scotland.
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Re: Japanese Whisky

Postby Ganga » Wed Jul 23, 2014 7:11 pm

I somehow missed this thread. I would suggest that you not so much focus on the single malts from Japan. They make some outstanding blends.
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Re: Japanese Whisky

Postby jmrl » Sat Jul 26, 2014 4:43 pm

Hibiki 17yo world class, Yamzaki 18yo very good, Nikka All Malt a bargain.
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Re: Japanese Whisky

Postby Willie JJ » Fri Aug 01, 2014 11:29 pm

I agree about the blends. They really know what they are doing.
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Re: Japanese Whisky

Postby blinker » Sat Aug 02, 2014 1:48 pm

Have any specific whisky bar recommendations for Kyoto?
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Re: Japanese Whisky

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sat Aug 02, 2014 5:09 pm

I've personally never been to Japan, so can't give personal recommendations.

Maybe look in the Directory on the top of this website and go to" Whisky Bars of the World". I would assume this is similar to the booklet that comes out every year with the July WM subscription, but seeing as there are no whisky bars up here, I don't really peruse it to hard.

There may be information there on Kyoto bars to frequent, but I'm not sure how the contenders are selected by WM. It may just be a list of advertisers.

Here's a link for you to peruse that may, or may not, be of some use:
http://eatsdrinksandsleeps.com/2014/03/ ... oto-japan/

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Re: Japanese Whisky

Postby The Third Dram » Mon Aug 11, 2014 4:18 pm

Ganga wrote:They make some outstanding blends.

Nikka Black (blended malt) and Nikka Whisky From The Barrel (blended) are two of my favourites.
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Re: Japanese Whisky

Postby Mason_Baumgar » Fri Nov 21, 2014 7:56 pm

single malt is suggest of the best
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Re: Japanese Whisky

Postby Mason_Baumgar » Fri Nov 21, 2014 7:58 pm

:smoke: whiskybest of japne whisky
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Re: Japanese Whisky

Postby adz233232 » Mon Dec 08, 2014 11:41 pm

i bought a bottle of Hibiki 12yrs on the weekend. opened it up with a mate and i was seriously impressed! i felt it had just a slight to much woody flavour to it. But i thoroughly enjoyed every drop!
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