4 top Japanese whiskies available in Goa that you should add to your home bar
Popular across the world a batch of 4 quality brands stand out for their gorgeous blends and the lingering aftertastes.
Here are 4 Japanese whiskies recommended by us.
1. Nikka Coffey Grain
Don’t expect a jolt of caffeine in this whisky by Masataka Taketsuru who studied the art of whisky production in Scotland and returned to Japan as a master blender and with a Scottish wife. The “Coffey” in question refers to Aeneas Coffey, who invented a more efficient column still in the early 19th century. “This beautiful single grain whisky distilled to perfection has all the notes of vanilla and toffee that you look for, with a lingering taste of Bourbon. A very easy sip with zero pretension. Pair it with a nice cheese such as camembert or brie and you’re all set for a cosy night in,” says Blah.
2. Suntory Toki
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.
3. 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.
4. Yamazaki 12 Year Old
This distillery that started it all is still up and running, making some of the best Japanese whiskies that will ever cross your lips. Expect rich texture, palpable complexity and unmistakable character from every sip of the brand’s top vintages. The 12 YO is quintessential Japanese whisky aged in a variety of casks, giving it a nice balance of flavours. “You simply cannot go wrong with the classic Yamazaki 12. The first widely marketed “Japanese Whisky” back in the 80s, this bottle is testament to the masterfully crafted whiskies Suntory are known for releasing. There’s sweetness, there’s spice, there’s tropical fruits and just a hint of peatiness that is easy to miss if you don’t pay attention.