While most Japanese Whiskey leans towards the flavors you find in Scotch, Kikori Japanese Whiskey has a distinct flavor profile thanks to a 100% rice mashbill. Kikori uses local rice that has been cultivated in southern Japan for over 2000 years, and then cooks it in giant steel steamers. Each batch then spends at least three years in American Oak, French Limousin oak, and Sherry casks before being bottled at 82 proof. Leaning more towards Irish Whiskey than Scotch, it's a light, refreshing option with plenty of flavor and complexity.
Some of the most unlikely collaborations are the best. And Brainville Rye Whiskey from Few Spirits and legendary Grammy-winning band The Flaming Lips fits squarely into the unlikely category. Just like Few's award winning rye, it's made using rye, corn, and malted barley that is grown within 150 miles of the Few Distillery and then aged in new, charred American oak barrels. The whiskey is then packaged in the familiar rectangular Few bottles with a special psychedelic label that shows the influence of the Lips. Available this October and limited to 5,000 bottles.