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  1. #11
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    Re: Japanese Whisky Suggestions

    I love Nikka Coffey Single Grain. Where most Japanese whiskies lean heavily toward the Scotch side of the spectrum, the Single Grain screams sweet bourbon (95% Corn, IIRC). Pricey though - I paid about $62 for the bottle I have.

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    Re: Japanese Whisky Suggestions

    Thanks for the suggestions all. I'll see about picking up a Hibiki 12 soon. Plum wine cask finishing sounds nice. I don't frequent bars much, so chances to sample them down here in FL are pretty limited.

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    Re: Japanese Whisky Suggestions

    I'm a bit of a fanboy on this one. I haven't had a Japanese whisky yet that I didn't really like.
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    Re: Japanese Whisky Suggestions

    I tend to prefer Nikka over Suntory generally speaking (but to Squire's point, Japanese whiskies tend to be pricier). So far, only Nikka and Suntory are readily available but Chichibu is supposed to be making an entrance into the US market at some point. Karuizawa (K&L bottlings) was probably a one-time deal but I hope we'll get more stateside.

    Here's some good resources for more information on Japanese Whisky:

    http://nonjatta.blogspot.com/
    http://www.whiskynotes.be/
    http://whiskywall.com/
    http://www.thejapanesewhiskyreview.com/

    Malt Monitor Reviews:
    http://www.whisky-monitor.com/index....ended+whiskies

    http://www.whiskybase.com is also a good place to get a view of the landscape.

    Yoichi is very good to my palate and Taketsuru is Nikka's blended malt positioned to go head-to-head versus Hibiki (a blend of single malt & grain whiskies). One Nikka worth pursuing (can't get it in the US though) is Nikka "Straight from the Barrel". But really, the best way is just to go to a bar with a decent Japanese whisky selection and try them out - your own palate will best inform you which way to go.

    One thing to note is that the Japanese also mix their whiskies with ice & water/sparkling water (Mizuwari: http://nonjatta.blogspot.com/2007/05...-mizuwari.html) in highball glasses - when crafting their whisky expressions, this is often a consideration.
    Last edited by ChainWhip; 01-14-2014 at 16:00.
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    Re: Japanese Whisky Suggestions

    Thanks for the links ChainWhip!

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    Re: Japanese Whisky Suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by BigRich View Post
    I'm a bit of a fanboy on this one. I haven't had a Japanese whisky yet that I didn't really like.
    Likewise. I've had Yamazaki 12, Yoichi 10, Taketsuru 12, and Nikka Whisky From the Barrel. I loved them all.

    By the way BigRich, nice BTs in your profile pic.

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    Re: Japanese Whisky Suggestions

    Looks like Chichibu has made landfall in the USA
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    Re: Japanese Whisky Suggestions

    I passed on some Hakushu heavily peated for $150. NAS, 48%. I'd love to try it, but at $150 I feel like I'm being taken advantage of.
    "A man comes from the dust and in the dust he will end-- In the meantime it is good to drink whiskey."
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  9. #19
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    Re: Japanese Whisky Suggestions

    Its hard to get deep into Japanese Whiskey in the US. Availability is too limited and too expensive when it is available. I will be visiting Taiwan and Japan next week and hopefully will taste some stuff besides Hibiki, Yamazaki, Yoichi or Miyagiko and at cheap prices.

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    Re: Japanese Whisky Suggestions

    Taketsuru prices are ridiculously cheap at Narita right now
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