I stayed out all night drinking to test them out.
Yes, somebody paid roughly two and a half times the price of America’s median household income for a single bottle of whisky.
Kikori may not be the first rice whisky in the American market, but it is the first 100-percent rice-based Japanese whisky in the US. And we all know what happens when Japan tries its hand at whisky: They pretty much perfect the hell out of it.
Now that we know there’s a whisky named after a Scottish Samurai, what’s next? We’re thinking of a schnapps named after a Mexican ninja, but we’d be loathe to forget all the hardworking Québécois gauchos with a penchant for baijiu.
The samples—which will depart on August 16 on the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s spacecraft Kounotori—will include a 21-year-old single malt and the Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013, which was voted the best whisky in the world last year.