[2023 Edition] The 10 Best Japanese Whiskies to Give for Father’s Day

Yoichi DistilleryMiyagikyo DistilleryFujigotenba DistilleryChichibu Distillery (Ichiro's Malt)komagatake DistilleryTsunuki DistilleryKanosuke DistillerySaburomaru DistilleryYuza Distillery

Have you decided on a Father’s Day gift?

Since Father’s Day comes but once a year, we want to give him something that will make him happy as a token of our appreciation for his daily life. The most popular Father’s Day gifts seem to be “No. 1 Food/Gourmet Gifts,” “No. 2 Alcohol,” “No. 3 Glasses/Tumblers,” “No. 4 Healing/Relaxation Goods,” and “No. 5 Fashion,” with “Whisky” being especially popular in recent years in the No. 2 category of “Alcohol”.

Whisky is now a rapidly rising trend both globally and in Japan, and Japanese whisky in particular is quite valuable and appreciated as a gift due to its rarity.

Now, on this site, we have carefully selected 10 Japanese whiskies by budget that would make a great Father’s Day gift in 2023!


1. Budget 5,000 yen

With a budget of 5,000 yen, the choices are quite limited, but you can still choose something good enough.

1-1. Ichiro’s Malt White Label (with gift box)

This “World Blended Whisky” is a blend of original whiskies from five different locations around the world, including Chichibu Distillery‘s original whiskies. It is a relatively easy to obtain and very cost-effective product among Ichiro’s Malt, which embodies the Chichibu Distillery’s passion for “making great tasting whisky”. The blended whiskey is extremely well-balanced, despite the fact that each of the five original whiskeys from around the world used in the blend is unique. Comes with a gift box that makes it a suitable Father’s Day gift.


1-2. Smoky Highball at Saburomaru Distillery

The Saburomaru Distillery in Toyama Prefecture boldly states that they “only make heavily peated style whisky.” The whiskies they release are all heavily peated, reminiscent of Islay malts such as Laphroaig and Lagavulin. A highball can using such peated whisky from the Saburomaru Distillery makes a perfect gift set with snacks. Enjoy Saburomaru’s smoky highball with Noto fugu truffles and smoked nuts made with Noto salt. How about giving the gift of luxury?


2. Budget 10,000 yen

If you have a budget of up to 10,000 yen, 100% Japanese whisky is also an option. In recent years, the list price of Japanese whisky has become more expensive, and the price on Rakuten and Amazon has also skyrocketed, but even authentic Japanese whisky can be purchased for less than 10,000 yen!

2-1. Kirin Single Malt Japanese Whisky Fuji

Whisky produced at Kirin’s Fuji Gotemba Distillery is sold at a relatively affordable price among the Japanese whiskies of today, and is relatively easy to obtain due to its large production volume. Products on sale include “Single Grain Whisky Fuji” and “Blended Japanese Whisky Fuji,” but what we would like to recommend this time is the recently released “Single Malt Japanese Whisky Fuji.”
The difference between the three is the ratio of “malt” and “grain” in the composition. The Single Malt is made from 100% malt distillate produced at Fuji Gotemba Distillery and is the richest in the Fuji series so far, making it an appropriate gift for Father’s Day, don’t you think?
Incidentally, there is also a gift item that comes with an original “Single Grain Fuji” glass, which is also recommended.


2-2. Single Malt Komagatake 2022 Edition

The latest edition of “Single Malt Komagatake,” produced at the Hombo Shuzo Mars Whisky Shinshu Distillery, can still be purchased for less than 10,000 yen, but the price for editions before 2021 will exceed 10,000 yen, so the 2021 edition can be purchased for less than 10,000 yen. The 2021 edition can be purchased for less than 10,000 yen.
Komagatake is one of the orthodox Japanese whiskies as it is made from 100% original malt liquor produced at the Shinshu Distillery.


2-3. Single Malt Tsunuki 2023 Edition

Likewise, this one from Hombo Shuzo Mars Whisky is the latest edition of “Single Malt Tsunuki,” produced at the Tsunuki Distillery in Kagoshima, Japan. Like Komagatake, the past editions of this one are also at a premium price of over 10,000 yen, and it is likely that this is one of the best times to buy it for less than 10,000 yen.
This is an authentic Japanese whisky made from 100% in-house produced malt whisky. This whisky can be given with confidence as a Father’s Day gift.


2-4. Single Malt Yoichi (in gift box)

Nikka Whisky’s “Single Malt Yoichi” is one of the more readily available Japanese whiskies from major manufacturers, and is also available with a gift box, making it a very suitable Father’s Day gift. Yoichi Distillery was the first distillery operated by Masataka Taketsuru after he left Suntory, and is undoubtedly a very important person and distillery in the 100-year history of Japanese whisky. As a story of Japanese whisky, it would be a suitable gift for Father’s Day.


2-5. Single Malt Miyagikyo (in gift box)

“Single Malt Miyagikyo” also by Nikka Whisky
This is Nikka Whisky’s second distillery, which was created to produce a different type of original whisky from Yoichi. In contrast to the smoky and strong taste of Yoichi, this whisky is fruity, sweet, and easy to drink.
You may choose Yoichi or Miyagikyo according to your taste.


3. Budget 15,000 yen

I want to give a really good Japanese whisky! We would like to introduce three carefully selected Japanese whiskies with a budget of up to 15,000 yen.

3-1. Ichiros Malt Double Distilleries

Whisky lovers will be familiar with Ichiros Malt’s “Leaf Series”. Wine Wood Reserve, Mizunara Wood Reserve, and Double Distilleries. In fact, there is only one 100% Japanese whisky in the Leaf Series. That is the “Double Distilleries.” It is a blend of the now rare Hanyu Distillery’s original whisky and the Chichibu Distillery’s original whisky, and currently about 90% of the whisky is from the Chichibu Distillery. If your father is a whisky lover who has experienced various whiskies, this will surely be a gift that sticks with him.


3-2. YUZA Single Malt 2023

“YUZA Single Malt 2023,” the latest single malt from Yamagata Prefecture’s Yuza Distillery, which began operations in 2016.
The Yuza Distillery has a policy of following the traditional Scottish production method to the letter, and making high quality whisky by adhering to the basics. This is the third official product of the Yuza Distillery under the leadership of President Sasaki, who is so adamant about quality that he has been known to say, “We won’t commercialize a product until it tastes good.” The distillery has a clear and unwavering policy, which is the reason why you can enjoy a reliable and stable quality.
It is also the latest product, so it will be difficult to purchase at this price.


3-3. Single Malt Kanosuke

Single Malt Kanosuke” from Kagoshima’s Kanosuke Distillery, which also began operations in 2016.
Kanosuke Distillery has been releasing limited editions once or twice a year, but this year they have announced the new “Single Malt Kanosuke,” which will be sold year-round and will be their standard product.
The key malt is the whisky distilled in the litchi casks used in the distillery’s Mellowed Kozuru (aged shochu), which has been the most distinctive feature of the Kanosuke Distillery since the distillery was founded in 1868.
This high quality Japanese whisky is made by applying the distiller’s know-how cultivated through shochu distillation to whisky making as well. It is a Japanese whisky that even shochu lovers’ fathers should know.



Recently, Japanese whisky has been released by various manufacturers, both old and new, and many whiskies can be found on the shelves of liquor stores. On the other hand, there are many fake Japanese whiskies on the market that look and label like Japanese whiskies but are filled with bulk whiskies imported from overseas. The current situation is that there are many fake Japanese whiskies on the market.
We would like to give authentic Japanese whisky, not fake whisky, as a Father’s Day gift to your precious father, so that he can taste not only the taste but also the story behind the whisky, and feel enjoyment, pleasure, and romance.
The whiskies introduced in this article are all authentic Japanese whiskies, except for those under 5,000 yen. If your father is interested in Japanese whisky, but you do not know what to buy him, we hope you will find this article useful.

Misato Ushiwata

Born in Fukushima Prefecture.
She attended a university in Tokyo, where she studied brewing and other sciences while translating articles for the "Japanese Whisky Dictionary".

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