As seen on Whiskies R Us in 2011 – adding Japanese whisky to your home bar or collection does not have to be pricey. There has been a flourish of very expensive and collectable Japanese whiskies to hit the market in the last few years; some are well worth every cent, while some are arguably over-hyped, over priced, and generally out of reach financially for the average drinker on a budget. However, there are many affordable mainstream Japanese whiskies (providing you are residing in or visiting the country - if not unfortunately add on shipping costs) that wont burn a hole in your pocket, which are fun, very approachable, and suitable for both novice and experienced drinkers.
You can get a variety of quality Japanese whiskies including single malts, pure malts (blended malts), and blends to delight in for under 10,000 yen ($112/EUR84). For 2013, Whiskies R Us suggests considering (in view of quality and quantity - for those looking to fill up shelves) the following inexpensive and very adequate drams to enjoy if you are on a budget. Of course, if money isn’t an issue the options are endless when considering the mid to high end categories, something that WRU may also approach and recommend (personal favourites), in a playful way. Stay tuned.
What would you buy taking into account the budget of 10,000 yen with the objective of no-less than five bottles?
Whiskies R Us Selection:
1: Suntory Yamazaki no-age single malt - 350ml - 1,750 yen
2: Nikka From The Barrel blend - 500ml - 1,780 yen
3: Nikka Pure Malt Black blended malt - 500ml - 1,480 yen
4: Nikka Miyagikyo no-age single malt - 500ml - 1,380 yen
5: Nikka Sendai Date blend - 700ml - 2,980 yen
Total: 9,370 JPY / 78 EUR / 105 USD
(Prices may very depending on area)
Note: Nikka From The Barrel and Pure Malt Black are current prices at Bic Camera.