Japanese Whisky Reviews: The Jaw-dropping 4

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Looking for a few Japanese whisky reviews to help guide you as you shop? That’s why we’re here today. These four bottles keep surfacing as we talk to folks about their favorite Japanese pours. Our hope is that you’ll learn a thing or two so you can feel confident as you make a selection.

If you’re on a whisky adventure, you simply must try these!

4 Japanese Whisky Reviews for You

Below, you’ll see some short Japanese whisky reviews, including names and prices of popular bottles. Best case scenario? You give them all a try. Add some interesting and prized bottles to your growing collection. Your family and friends will love enjoying glasses of these with you.

Our idea is that these brief reviews will give you some valuable insight. After reading, we anticipate you’ll know which bottle to pick up for yourself (or as a gift) first. As we’ve mentioned, we’re crossing our fingers that you’ll make time and room in your budget to try them all.

1) Nikka Whisky From The Barrel

Nikka Whisky From The Barrel
Nikka Whisky From The Barrel | $64.99 – 69.99

If you’re new to the Japanese whisky game, we’re offering up this beauty. It has a charming flavor we think newbies and old friends alike will enjoy. The process for making this whisky? It’s a “marriage.” This means that both grain whisky and matured malt whisky come together in a blend. Then it’s all re-casked in order to bring forth a new, exciting experience from two specific flavors that are wonderful on their own.

This one is pure, smooth richness. It never disappoints us here at Prestige.

2) Toki from Suntory

Toki Suntory Whisky
Toki Suntory Whisky | $34.99 – 44.99

This one gets an A for awesome and an A for affordable. If you’re reading these Japanese whisky reviews and wondering about a good entry-level bottle, we hope you’ll consider Toki. With that price point, you can feel good about mixing it in cocktails. Appreciate notes of vanilla, coconut, and honey? You can almost see from the color above that’s what you’re getting with this selection. 

We dig it because it’s a little bit of everything: citrus, herbs, ooey-gooey warmth. Toki delivers.

3) Hibiki Japanese Harmony

Hibiki Japanese Harmony
Hibiki Japanese Harmony | $59.99 – 69.99

With the Japanese, it’s all about balance. So much goes into the process of producing this unique world of whisky that keeps us coming back for more. There’s no age statement with Harmony, but you’re meeting with many elements of Suntory’s aged bottles, along with ten other grains and malts. It’s complex and strikes a perfect chord. If you’re in the mood for sherry, candied orange, citrus punch, and smoky oak, then you’re in luck.

We give it one of our highest recommendations. It’s big-time, tasty bang for a reasonable buck.

4) Yamazaki Single Malt 12 Year

Japanese Whisky Reviews - Yamazaki Single Malt 12 Year Old
Yamazaki Single Malt 12 Year | $124.99 – 159.99

This one can be double and even triple in price from the options above. But the flavor is worth every penny. This is one you definitely want to sip neat. We recommend it for the seasoned whisky veteran looking for something to explore and keep exploring. Each time you return to this bottle, you’ll pick up something new. Just to give you an idea, you’ll shake hands with citrus, deeply malty fruit, and an enduring, unforgettable sweetness.

We say it’s nectar. Pure, fit-for-whisky-gods nectar.

Take the Japanese Leap

It’s low risk and high reward. Trust us. None of these are going to break the bank, but they may break your heart when you run out. Have Japanese whisky favorites of your own? Share them with us in the comments below. We’d love to try your go-to’s as well.

Want to discover more about Japanese whisky reviews and history? Check out Suntory Whisky’s video here. It’s a lot of nature, art, and refinement with Japanese whisky. You might enjoy hearing these bartenders talk about what makes the whisky so unique here.

Don’t go the journey alone. Our handcrafted whisky decanters and glasses have their roots in nature, art, and refinement as well. Have a look. And if you drool, well, it won’t be the first time we’ve seen people drool over our products.

Searching for a gift? Check out our article: Decanter Set: Every Whiskey Lover’s Dream Gift.

Until next time, we hope you’ll appreciate the details and love that go into these beautiful bottles of Japanese whisky.


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