Whisky: Three from Japan
When a Yamazaki single malt was named 2014’s World Whisky of the Year, the news stirred demand for all Japanese whiskies, said Richard Thomas in Paste Magazine.com. Today, small distillers are elbowing onto U.S. shelves alongside giants Suntory and Nikka, and earning acclaim even in Scotland.
Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky ($70). Soft and light like most Japanese grain whiskies, this one is also “yummy with vanilla and tropical fruitiness.”
Ichiro’s Chichibu Blended Whisky ($99). The “sweet and spicy” spirit is the entry-level offering from a craft distillery so good, it’s celebrated at Scotland’s biggest whisky festival.
Mars Iwai Blended Whisky ($40). “Both interesting and not too expensive,” this bourbon-inspired blend delivers “a dollop of vanilla” atop its “cake and melon sweetness.”