While Japan has made whisky since the early part of the twentieth century, it remained, to a great extent, a world secret. Now Japan has been elevated to the whisky world's premier league. Japan is the second biggest producer of single malt whisky in the world.
Japanese whisky making is dominated by two large companies: Suntory and Nikka. Both companies now own Scottish distilleries, and both produce whiskies with a range of taste profiles.
Nikka all malt is made from a combination of malts from Nikka’s two distilleries Yoichi and Miyagikyou and is an excellent introduction to Japanese whisky.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Sweet, almost like a bourbon. Coconuts and bananas.
Palate: A gentle sweet introduction, with barley and apple notes, builds to a spicy, cinnamon chocolate taste that has surprising length.
Retails for around £30-35