Yah yah...I know...this is bourbon dork and here I am getting ready to talk about Japanese whisky. My interest in other whiskies has definitely expanded outside American selections but I think that's a good thing.
This doesn't mean I won't talk any less about bourbon or rye but the blog will have to share space with other great selections.
Back in 2011 I picked up my first two Japanese whiskies; Yamazaki 12 and 18 year. The 12 year is a very solid pour but the 18 year is quite stellar. Both of these were easily found back then but now, forget about it. In two short years Japanese whisky has really taken off and I know this because my fellow bourbon enthusiasts are all over Japanese whisky and it's getting very difficult to find any Japanese selection on the shelves.
This year while attending Julio's Go Whiskey Weekend, I picked up two more selections; Hibiki 12 year and Nikka Yoichi 15 year. A couple months ago K&L Wines offered two different Karuizawa expression. Interesting note that the Karuizawa has never been sold in the U.S. and K&L is the first to get two single barrels with one at 12 years old and the other about 30 years old. I picked up two of the 12 year old and expect them to arrive sometime in August. A couple weeks back a buddy of mine from Texas picked up two Suntory Hakashu 12 year for me.
In future posts, I'll do an Exam-o-Dram on each of these expressions. Just as a heads up, I'm digging every one of these.