We think your New Year’s Eve should include the top Japanese whiskey! We’re entering a brand-new decade, so let’s party like it’s 2019. If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on some of this stuff, the year 2020 sounds like a perfect time to make it happen. It’s special–no doubt. It’s better than fireworks.
Join three of our Prestige brand ambassadors as they dive into some of their favorites. And give them a follow: @singlemaltvault, @caskandstill, and @whiskyaficionado. Thanks to you all for your passion. And for the word on these awesome bottles!
And honestly, ladies and gents, these Japanese gems are hard to scoop up. Look for a bar with them! That’s our best advice. If you snag one of these big-time drams, consider yourself lucky as hell. And get to sipping. That’s an order.
Top Japanese Whiskey
Here are the top Japanese whiskey bottles to look for. (Well, they’re our top. So much majesty lies within the realm of Japanese whiskey! It’s the truth.)
Hakushu Sherry Cask 1989
Dry sweetness with licorice, blackcurrants, prunes, and pepper.
“The Hakushu Sherry Cask 1989–simply phenomenal. I’m so glad I’ve already tried it as prices continue to rise…. It is a lot, but you will definitely find a sherry dram of the highest quality.” – @singlemaltvault
Big sherry and big smoke with fruit, nuts, and mint.
“One of my personal favorites… the Hakushu 25 Year Old, which is truly stunning. Suntory brought their ‘A’ game…” – @SingleMaltVault
Yamazaki 18 Japanese Whiskey
Creamy but balanced with citrus, spices, and rich fruit syrup.
“Still one of the best around… the Yamazaki 18 is a staple for every home bar!” – @SingleMaltVault
Hibiki Japanese Harmony – Master’s Select
Wood, cinnamon, dark chocolate, and citrus.
“My Hibiki Master’s Select ‘Japanese Harmony’ is going to need a refill soon…” – @whiskyaficionado
And here’s another vote for Harmony as the top Japanese whiskey!
Hibiki Japanese Harmony
Succulent oranges and apricots with spices.
“Just tried Suntory Whisky’s Hibiki. It was awesome! Super stoked I found this one for retail. This one was super sweet and smooth, and that bottle is unreal! This was the perfect after-dinner whisky.” – @caskandstill
Japanese Whiskey Greatness Continues…
Read our Japanese Whisky Reviews for a few more bottles to look for. Harmony makes another appearance, and we highly recommend it. But you’ll note some others that are amazing as well.
What about you? What would you say is the top Japanese whiskey? Let us hear from you in the comments below. Your opinion matters here. We’re all growing and learning in this Prestige community.
Know what goes great with your Japanese whiskey pours? Our handcrafted decanters and glassware. Your whiskey is a beautiful libation that deserves to be treated like royalty. Our lineup won’t disappoint. It’s more than simple barware. It has personality. And it’s made by local Kentucky artisans that deliver quality every time. It’s a luxurious, classy, and a bold statement.
To make this situation even cooler, we’re planting a tree in the U.S. for every decanter we sell. That’s right. Whenever you pour from your Prestige Decanter, you can imagine about Mother Nature thanking you.
We hope you get your hands and palates on some bottles, samples, or bar pours this year. Your New Year’s resolution should definitely include one of these Japanese beauties.
Sayonara, gang! Best of luck in the New Year and in finding the bottle of your dreams.
[Cover photo credit: Scott Edmunds, @Flickr]