Japan has leapt on the world's whisky stage and is producing many award-winning and much sought after whisky blends and single malts. I recently discovered Suntory Toki. Meaning time in Japanese, this is an affordable and easy-to-find way to sample Japanese whisky. Priced around $40 depending on where you can find it.
A clear, bright gold color, the nose begins with crisp green apple, basil, fresh cut straw, and honey. The palate is grain-forward with a slight burn. Grapefruit, peppermint, and thyme blend with vanilla and coconut. The finish is slightly sweet with hints of chestnuts and oak and spiced with ginger and white pepper.
I tend to drink my whisky neat, but this is perfect in a classic Japanese highball. Pour one part whiskey to two parts club soda over a single large ice cube. A twist of lemon peel is a delish addition.