Top 5 Japanese whiskies available in India
1.Kurayoshi Pure Malt Sherry Cask
A sherried expression from the Kurayoshi range is created by little-known Japanese whisky producer Matsui Shuzou (also known for sake and shochu). These whiskies are blended malts, made with whiskies distilled in Scotland and shipped over to Japan, where they’re blended with Japanese whisky.
Price: Rs 11,600
2. Suntory World Whisky AO
Suntory World Whisky AO is a blend of varied acquisitions from around the world. Suntory Chief blender Shinji Fukuyo helmed the project, utilizing whisky from Ardmore and Glen Garioch in Scotland, Cooley in Ireland, Alberta in Canada, Jim Beam in the U.S., and Yamazaki and Hakushu in Japan. A smooth mouthfeel, cinnamon spice aftertaste and slight smokiness characterise this Japanese whisky.
Price: Rs 5,720 in India
A popular Japanese whisky, making it that much easier to procure, Suntory Toki is a blend of malt and grain whisky Suntory’s Yamazaki, Hakushu, and Chita distilleries. According to Suntory, the prime characteristics of the whisky are Hakushu white oak cask malt and Chita grain whisky, with Yamazaki white oak cask and Spanish oak cask whisky. The Toki is a light blend that is a perfect choice for a highball and wraps up with a subtle sweet and spicy taste.
Price: Rs 4,000 in India
4.Yamazaki 12 Year Old
Yamazaki 12 is another light whisky on this list. It packs dry spicy notes and an overload of fruity flavours, is easy on the oak and has a finish that might linger for quite some time. The whisky possesses a nice balance of flavours aided by the ageing in a variety of casks. Yamazaki 12 is a quintessential Japanese whisky and must be on every whisky connoisseur’s list.
Price: Rs 8,000
5.Hibiki Master’s Select
The Hibiki Japanese Harmony Master’s Select is a meticulous blend of the finest select whiskies from the House of Suntory. It celebrates Japanese nature and the subtleties found in the 24 seasons of the traditional calendar, represented by the 24 facets of the bottle. Hibiki is a harmonious blend of numerous malt and grain whiskies from Suntory’s Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita Distilleries.
Price: Rs 7,500