In Japanese culture it’s often said “If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing it in the best way possible.” When higher standards are applied, the results follow. This philosophy is leveraged in all industries across Japan as the meticulous attention to detail gives rise to new levels of quality.

Japanese Whisky was built on these principles and now it’s paying off. Over the past century, Japanese distilleries have worked tirelessly to push beyond conventions and deliver whisky unlike any other. Now, the world is recognizing this effort. Over the past 5 years Japanese Whisky has frequently topped awards, leading the industry to experience a level of growth nobody could have predicted.

It’s against this backdrop that we’re celebrating each of Japan’s champion whiskies. The list below highlights 20 bottles which have received some of the most notable industry awards.

If you’re looking for an amazing release to add to your collection, each of these bottles is a sure winner. Scroll down to explore the countdown now.

#20 Ichiro’s Malt 2019 Limited Edition Cask #5821
#19 Nikka Whisky Taketsuru 17 Year Old
#18 Kirin Fuji-Gotemba Single Grain 25 Year Old
#17 Hibiki Japanese Harmony Master's Select
#16 Hibiki 12 Year Old
#15 Ichiro's Malt Peated Chichibu Edition Cask #2067
#14 Hakushu 12 Year Old
#13 Ichiros Malt & Grain ‘Japanese Blended Whisky’ Limited Edition 2018
#12 Yamazaki Limited Edition 2016
#11 Taketsuru 17 Year Old
#10 Yamazaki Mizunara 2014
#9 Taketsuru Pure Malt 25 Year Old
#8 Hibiki 17 Year Old
#7 Hakushu 18 Year Old
#6 Yamazaki 25 Year Old
#5 Hakushu 25 Year Old
#4 Yamazaki 12 Year Old
#3 Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2013
#2 Yamazaki 18 Year Old
#1 Hibiki 21 Year Old