Chita Single Grain, 48%

Price: $33 Issue: Summer 2013 Reviewer: Dave Broom

At the moment, this is only available through Suntory's Whisky Shops ‘W' in Osaka and Tokyo, but as these act as mini-testing outlets, this grain whisky is one that should be noted. The nose is buttery and needs water to allow a flow of fudge, orange peel, crème brûlée, and green banana. It's a bit like an alcohol-laced Danish. In the mouth there's chewy toffee-cream sweetness offset by tart red fruits. A lovely, poised grain. ¥3,150