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Japanese Whisky

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


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?

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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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