6 Asian Whiskeys You’ll Want to Try

1. Suntory’s 30 Year Old Hibiki Whiskey

Just in this past year the Hibiki 30 has almost doubled in price. It had won the Trophy at the International Spirits Challenge in 2004, 2006, and 2008. In 2007 and 2008, it was also awarded by the World Whiskies Award as the “World’s Best Blended Whiskey”. According to Wine-Searcher, it’s average price for a 750ml bottle is about $3,927.

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2. Suntory’s Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013 

 

The average cost of the Yamakazi is S$3,571, but that didn’t deter those who live by the Whiskey Bible, where it won the title of the world’s best whiskey. In fact, it is now sold out in Europe since its release last year. Jim Murray describes this bottle as “near indescribable genius” and compliments its “nose of exquisite boldness” that finishes off in a “light, teasing spice”. As only 18,000 bottles were produced, it has become one of the most sought after whiskeys and means only a limited number of people will ever get to taste this delectable spirit. Want to increase your chances? Make your request on http://www.tompang.com.

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3. Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique (Taiwan)

Taiwan has only one whiskey distillery- the Kavalan distillery. It is located in the rural town of Yuanshan in the western part of Yilan County. WWA describes it’s taste as, “surprisingly smooth on the palate. It’s like Bourbon-infused milk chocolate” and “immediately and subtly liquor rich.” It won the gold award at the Beverage Tasting Institute in 2012, and was included in Ian Buxton’s 2010 book as well. It is currently selling for £40.00 on mysupermarket.co.uk.

4.Lotte Chilsun’s Scotch Blue (Korea)

According to Dr.Whiskey this Scotch Blue is “waxy and buttery the way only PET packed whisky can be… Sweet, simple, and welcoming.” It’s touted by the Korean Times as “one of drinker’s favorites” having beat imported whiskies. Though there seems to be some disagreement in the market on how to properly attribute it’s success- if you are a whiskey fanatic, definitely check it out!

5. Grand Royal (Myanmar)

The Grand Royal is probably the most affordable of them all at just $9 according to Under the Label.  It consists of a blend of 16 Scottish single malts and grain whiskey from both Scotland and Myanmar. Described to have “a strange kind of sweet” – try it out if you are an keen to explore.

6. Hong Thong by Thaibev (Thailand)

This blend goes for around 110 baht for a 350ml bottle according to Thailand Red Cat. It’s major ingredients consist of Molasses and rice. However, be careful.  There are warnings that you shouldn’t drink it without mixing it with ice and soda- which is how the locals drink it.

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