When one thinks about whiskey, they typically think of Ireland or Scotland – or maybe, if they read Made Man enough, speakers. However, in the last decade or two, Japan has become an emerging market for a new, different style of whiskey. And Hibiki 12-year old is a recent, affordable, excellent example of this trend from Suntory.
Rather than American whiskeys or bourbons which are aged in (among some other things) oak, Suntori’s Hibiki is a mix of about 30 different single malts and is aged in re-used casks which originally held plum liquor. The resultant whiskey is has a honey spiced note absent many western whiskeys, and a bottle of it can be yours for just $65. This is especially notable because, until recently, this whiskey was not available commercially in the United States. Check it out here.