If you’re from the south like yours truly where downing a bottle of firewater is a rite of passage into manhood, then you probably think of whiskey as something that comes out of a mason jar – or a liquid that’ll do just as good as two quarts of Pennzoil when the truck’s running a little low. You may even think of it as coming out of a bottle marked “Old Crow.” (Dear God…)
Well, it’s time you snapped out of it. Suntory Yamazaki from Japan is one of the finest whiskeys in the world. It’s made its mark on 25 countries, the U.S. included, and it’s a bit more sophisticated than what you’ll get up on the mountain. From woodsy and dry to sweet, long, and fruity, Yamazaki delivers a different taste for every mood or preference. Available in 10-, 12-, 18-, and the oh-so-rare 25-year lineups. Prices are tiered from $67-$175 for the first three. Good luck finding the 25-year edition, and prepare to loosen the purse strings if you do.