View Full Version : $200 to spend on Japanese whiskey in Tokyo, suggestions?

01-06-2010, 17:19
I have a friend that is going to Japan shortly and I am giving him money to purchase me some Japanese whiskey. I only want whiskies I cannot get in the States, and am giving him $200 (maybe a bit more if warranted). I had a 180ml bottle of 10 year Nikka Yoichi 45% ABV that another friend got me several years back, and I thought it was phenomenal. I will probably ask for a 700ml of that one, but I want at least another bottle (or two) of something different. Looking for great "affordable" Japanese whiskies. Nothing too old, rare, or expensive. Preferably single malts, although anything high quality is fair game. Any suggestions?

01-06-2010, 17:27
I wish was there!!!

01-06-2010, 17:36
I was just in the UK and got to taste

Nikka Yoichi 10
Nikka 17
Yamazaki 10

All were very good though I wish I had the Yamazaki 12 to compare it to side by side with the 10.

If you want something moderately priced I'd try out the Nikka from the barrel. They sell those in 500ml bottles and they shouldn't be all that much and are higher proof.

I'm jealous. My brother in law was there in October but he got quarantined for the trip so he couldn't get out and buy me any!

01-06-2010, 17:43
Van Winkle Family Reserve 15 yr/90 proof

01-06-2010, 17:51
I would highly recommend anything by Ichiro's Malt, although they are expensive and getting harder to find. They will probably eat up your whole $200, but they are fantastic.

If you want more bank for your buck, there are a number of good whiskies not available in the US: Nikka Yoichi, Suntory Hakushu and Karuizawa are probably the easiest to find.

01-07-2010, 16:35
Does anyone know what the Nikka Yoichi 10 year tends to cost over there?

01-08-2010, 06:22
Does anyone know what the Nikka Yoichi 10 year tends to cost over there?

It has been a while since I bought any, but I think it is under 5,000 yen in Sapporo. A cheaper alternative is the Yoichi no age statement. It isn't as good as the 10 yo, but it is good. Also, it will give you a good idea of the flavor profile for about 1,500 yen a 500 ml. I almost bought a bottle today, but got a bottle of Wild Turkey 8 year old. I almost said 'instead', but I got what I really wanted.

The Nikka Pure Malt series is also very reasonable and very good. I like the Black Label Pure Malt the best. The White is an Islay style blend that I like very much. The Red I have only had one bottle of, it was good, but not to my taste.

There are a lot of bourbons that you won't find elsewhere. One that comes to mind is the Evan Williams 15 yo. Wonderful stuff. It will put a dent in you budget. There will be some cash left. I am not sure how much. The EW 12 is a favorite of mine and can be had for around 2,000 yen in the right shop.

There is a lot of good scotch for great prices, too.