As the popularity of Japanese whisky continues to grow, finding a good quality bottle for a great price is becoming increasingly more difficult, especially when on the hunt for a premium expression or rarer blend. With Christmas on the way, you may be looking for a bottle to give as a gift or to drink yourself over the festive period. Here are five Japanese whiskies that are available in the UK at Havana House!
One of the most popular Japanese whisky brands across the world, Nikka offers some pretty affordable bottles, especially considering the soaring whisky prices. Nikka From the Barrel is certainly one of the more competitively priced bottles available from Japan, without compromising on the depth of flavour. Reminiscent of a characterful Scotch, this whisky provides an exotic twist to the classic flavours, adding in spicier notes as well as rich hints of cinnamon and clove. To enjoy this blend at its best, add in a drop of water to really bring out its full flavour potential!
Another relatively affordable option from Nikka, their Taketsuru Pure Malt Blend offers up a rich, yet soft whisky made with malt from Miyagikyo and Yoichi. It is aged in a variety of casks, including sherry wood, for an average of ten years to add extra layers of complexity in its flavour and aroma. The time spent in the sherry cask is certainly apparent, with each sip bursting with sweet cherry and fruit notes!
Full-bodied and powerful, but with a smooth and silky finish, this whisky from Nikka’s Yoichi distillery presents subtle fruity and floral aromas. With the distillery located in the northernmost island in Japan, Hokkaido, the whisky reflects its coastal origins, with hints of peat and salt present in each sip. Presented in a neat and classic box, this bottle will make for an ideal gift or as a great-looking addition to your whisky shelf.
With Japanese whisky prices soaring, this 12-year-old blended whisky is still very competitively priced, despite its slightly higher price tag. Similar in style to the Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt Blended Whisky, the 12-year also contains malt from both the Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries. Complex, yet balanced, it offers fresh fruitiness and a hint of spice, with a sweet peppery richness.
One for the most passionate whisky drinker or for collectors or investors in whisky, this beautifully presented limited edition bottle of Hibiki 21-year-old from Suntory is the dream addition to any whisky shelf. The bottle details Mount Fuji in a delightful drawing that highlights the wonders of Japan, with images of bamboo, plum and pine added to the design as symbols of good fortune and happiness. If you decide to crack open the bottle, rather than keep it as a collector’s item or as an investment, then you will discover notes of caramel and nuts, presenting with a sweet, creamy and smoky flavour. This whisky has won numerous accolades, including the World’s Best Blended Whisky award in 2010 and the Japanese Whisky of the Year award in 2012, making it a desirable bottle for whisky fans.
If you are looking for Japanese whisky for sale in the UK, then check out the range of bottles available at Havana House. What is your favourite type of Japanese whisky? Let us know in the comments below!