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May 16, 2013 04:34 AM

Who has a good (and extensive) selection of Japanese Whiskeys?

Preferably in/around Midtown West.

I know that Flatiron is famed for its whiskey and single malt selections, but they only have 4 whiskeys from Japan.

Any and all recommendations appreciated.

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  1. Ipse, just curious - what are the distinctive characteristics of Japanese whiskey?

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      1. re: kathryn

        That's a bit too glib.

        That's sort like saying all sashimi is seafood.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          But it is generally true.

          I'm no expert, but I have tasted most of the Suntory imports (Hibiki 12 and 17, and a couple of the Yamazakis, etc.) and while they're lovely, I don't find them distinctly different from any other Scotch-style whiskey. They are perhaps lighter and more floral, but that's about the only difference I could pick out.

          1. re: loratliff

            We can all agree that they *are* different, but how different is matter of personal opinion and relative.

            I mean, for example, CA Pinot Noir and Oregon Pinot Noir for some people are pretty much the same with maybe the CAs being a bit more bold. But others will proclaim that there is a subtle, but significant, difference, essentially that (to borrow what is now a rather hackneyed phrase) "the difference between CA and OR Pinot Noir is like the difference between ripe fruit and fresh fruit."

          2. re: ipsedixit

            I find it's a helpful starting point if you know that you do or do not like scotch. I included a link that does go into more detail. Here are even more links.

            Demystifying Japanese Whiskey
            Japanese Whiskeys, Translated From the Scottish

        2. re: Veggo

          That's what I'd like to find out.

        3. I thought there were only 6 or so Japanese whiskeys imported into the USA officially, total.

          I want to say that Momofuku Ssam or Booker & Dax has them all but I'm not sure.

          Try Sakamai:

          1. Cherry at The Dream Hotel has 6 at last count (and for now I think that's all that's available in the US).

              1. Its not midtown, but one of my favorite places for whiskey is Brandy Library in Tribeca. According to the website, they have 4 Japanese whiskeys.