6 Amazing Japanese Whiskies For Cocktails
They can be a little harder to find, but Japanese whiskies are some of the best whiskies to use in cocktails. Originally developed to be mixed with seltzer in a Highball, these uniquely flavored whiskies can be used to give a variety of classic scotch and bourbon cocktails a distinctive twist. From Suntory’s Toki, a blended whisky designed for versatility, to Nikka’s buttery, candied fruit-laden Coffey Malt whisky, here are six Japanese whiskies you should try in cocktails.Japanese Highball. To make it more appealing to bartenders—and applicable behind the bar—Suntory even priced the Toki at a lower price point than other Japanese whiskies. While effervescence is the ideal companion to this breakfast-y, malt-heavy whisky, the golden dram works in a variety of more western cocktails as well. Due to its light, refreshing fruitiness, Toki is phenomenal in sours and tropical whiskey cocktails like the Poison Dart. However you choose to use the spirit, this workhorse is destined to get a lot of use at home or at a bar. Old Fashioned worth savoring. It is also one of the few blended whiskies on the list that has enough backbone and spice to be mixed into scotch-tail classics like the Rob Roy or Bobby Burns. Whisky Ginger and piquant, gingery classics like the Penicillin. Despite the fact that Akashi is one of the oldest family distilleries (and breweries) in Japan, this brand is definitely one of the most underappreciated Japanese whiskies on the market in the US. Toddy (add a slice of pineapple in lieu of lemon to bring out those candied, tropical fruit notes inherent in the spirit). As the base of your Irish Coffee it is almost heart-stoppingly delightful, giving the drink a vibrant maltiness and creamy quality that pairs especially well with a topper of whipped cream. We also recommend swapping the vodka in your Espresso Martini for a measure of this sunlight-hued dram; the results are so astonishing that they have to be tasted to be believed. Vieux Carre or a bitter Boulevardier. Fans of both bourbon and bourbon cocktails take note: This is your new go-to for the classics.