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How are japanese liquors?

GlenCoe

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I found out that friend of mine works in a cool little shop that offers quite a selection of japanese sweets, teas, cutlery, porcelain, etc... Having experiencing a shop like this for the first time, I was pretty confused and did not know what to kop. Selection of liquors was especially big. Are there any worth a purchase?
 

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whiskeys are pretty good. Yamazaki, Hibiki, you can't do very badly with them. Sake, you gotta learn a little Japanese/Japanese geography for; shochu, figure out if your palate likes sweet potato or barley shochu and research from there. That's about it for Japanese liquor, unless you count Okinawa Awamori.
 

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Yes, the whiskeys are fine. Yamazaki is very smooth and drinkable and Nikka makes some great ones, even a single malt that was named the best single malt in the world a couple of years ago.
 

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Sake can be really awesome. Buy a good bottle and sample it like a white wine. If you don't like it, heat it up and get hammered.
 

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I've always wanted to try some aged awamori which I do count as a liquor since the alcohol content is high enough. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Awamori I think there are jars of this stuff in Okinawa that go past 100 years old.
 

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