Japanese Whisky

In Sofia Coppola's Lost In Translation, our first glimpse of Bill Murray's character is him filming a commercial for a Japanese whisky company—Suntory. One of the country's best-kept secrets, its Yamazaki whisky has only recently been making waves stateside. After all, buying your booze should be like buying anything else. You want the best quality for your budget. And like many Japanese goods, there's a painstaking detail paid to making their whisky, especially Hibiki. A blend of multiple single malt whiskies aged in different casks, including ones made from Japanese oak, it gives the spirit a truly unique body and aroma. Unlike its Western predecessors, this particular whisky has a fruity sweetness at first, that gives way to notes of honey and vanilla, without a flavor that's too overpowering. This isn't the type of stiff drink you enjoy on a night out, rather, it's something meant to be savored after a long day, during a moment of self-reflection and calm.

Suntory Hibiki 12 Year Whisky, $65 at Fine Wine House

FYI

This particular whisky won the International Wine & Spirit Competition's gold award in 2010.
 

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May 15, 2012

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