Japan has long been celebrated for its rich cultural tapestry, exquisite craftsmanship, and unparalleled attention to detail. In recent years, the world has witnessed a burgeoning interest in Japanese spirits, as enthusiasts seek out new and exciting flavours. From time-honoured classics to innovative creations, the realm of Japanese spirits offers a diverse and captivating landscape for exploration. We’ve rounded up five new Japanese spirits to try in 2024:

1. The Tottori Bourbon Barrel

The Lowdown: The Tottori Bourbon Barrel is a remarkable blended whisky hailing from The Kurayoshi range. Crafted with a blend of malt and grain whiskies sourced from Scotland and Japan, this expression undergoes maturation in bourbon barrels, resulting in a symphony of flavours. With each sip, expect to be enveloped by intense vanilla notes, a testament to the barrel’s influence.

Price: £44.95, 43% ABV. Buy online.


The Lowdown: Venturing into uncharted territory, LA TOMATO emerges as a revelation in the world of liqueurs. Skillfully blended with alcohol and sugar, it offers a delicate balance of sweetness and acidity, reminiscent of ripe tomatoes at the peak of perfection. Highly prized by bartenders, La Tomato Liqueur is a versatile addition to any cocktail repertoire, adding depth and complexity to classic mixes.

Price: £20.45, 18% ABV. Buy online.

3. Samurai Sake

The Lowdown: From the tranquil landscapes of Hokkaido comes Samurai Sake, a testament to Japanese craftsmanship and tradition. Produced at the Asahikawa Distillery, this Junmai Daiginjo Genshu epitomises the pinnacle of sake excellence. Meticulously crafted to exacting standards, Samurai Sake boasts a flawless balance of dryness and umami flavours. Delicate yet complex, its clear appearance gives way to nuanced aromas of yeasty sourdough, inviting exploration with every sip. Whether enjoyed in the traditional manner or as part of innovative cocktail concoctions, Samurai Sake offers a timeless journey through Japanese culture and refinement.

Price: £35.83, 16% ABV. Buy online.

4. Kohaku No Madoromi

The Lowdown: Dive into the world of Honkaku Shochu with Kohaku No Madoromi, a top notch offering from the Kurume Distillery in Kyushu. Crafted from a blend of 87% sweet potatoes and 13% rice, fermented with black koji, this top-grade shochu exemplifies the essence of Japanese craftsmanship. Adorned with a light gold hue, Kohaku No Madoromi entices the senses with hints of undergrowth and spice on the nose. On the palate, it reveals a luxurious velvety texture, culminating in a subtly sweet and complex finish.

Price: £32.74, 25% ABV. Buy online.

5. Kanosuke Single Malt

The Lowdown: Prepare to be transported to the picturesque shores of Kagoshima with Kanosuke Single Malt, a whisky that embodies the essence of Japan’s most splendid sunset. Nestled near the beach south of Kagoshima, the Kanosuke distillery draws inspiration from its unique surroundings, crafting whiskies that capture the magic of this coastal paradise. On the nose, Kanosuke Single Malt reveals a symphony of aromas, with a balanced sweetness reminiscent of honey and lemon tea, complemented by notes of banana and caramel.

Price: £89.95, 48% ABV. Buy online.