In addition to the country’s internationally renowned whiskeys, Japan is also known for its gin production, made with local botanicals.
About Japanese Spirits
While Japan produces both quality wine and sake, they are merely the tip of the drinks iceberg. The country’s whiskys—made famous by the 2003 film Lost in Translation—are setting new standards. They differ from their Scottish siblings as the weather is warmer in Japan, the water is considered to be exceptionally pure and the Japanese are generally considered to be perfectionists. There are both malt and grain versions of Japanese whisky. Japan also makes Shochu: a distilled spirit with an alcohol content that hovers around 30 percent alcohol by volume that is generally made from rice, sweet potatoes, wheat or sugar cane.