Did you know about RŌNIN’s growing Japanese whisky collection? Our whisky menu features over 100 varieties, many of which are exclusively available at the restaurant. With everything from Yamazaki to Yoichi, Ichiro’s to Karuizawa, RŌNIN is the perfect place to discover some of the best bottles out there, especially if you’re looking for something rare and unique, imbued with flavor, history, and skill. Read below to learn about our favorite drams of the moment!

Yamazaki ‘Mizunara’ NAS Single Malt
Suntory Yamazaki Distillery, Kyoto

This deep, amber colored whisky comes from Japan’s first and oldest malt distillery. The name ‘Mizunara’ comes from the Japanese oak that comprises the barrels the liquid is aged in.The taste of this whisky follows the nose with a fruit-forward flavor followed by a smooth, spicy finish.

Nose: Papaya, Wedding Cake, Hawaiian Tropics
Palate: Honey Bunches of Oats, Toasted Raisin Bread
Finish: Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée, Milk Tea

Mars ‘Heavily Peated 2013’ 3 Year Single Cask
Hombo Mars Distillery, Nagano

In 1985, Hombo Breweries opened the Mars Shinshu Distillery in Miyata Village at the foot of the Komagatake Alps in Japan’s Nagano prefecture. Whisky production there takes place only during winter, with the rest of the year spent brewing beer and distilling other spirits. This young and vibrant whisky has hits of honeycomb and charred lemon peel.

Nose: Lime Zest, Homemade Pumpkin Seeds, Bresaola
Palate: Baking Soda, Peated Peanut, Chocolate Covered Cherry
Finish: Bacanora, Smoked Cappuccino, Back Bacon

Miyagikyo 10 Year Single Malt
Nikka Miyagikyo Distillery, Miyagi

This whisky is produced at the Miyagikyo Distillery, which was built in 1969. It has been aged for 10 years and bottled at an ideal drinking strength of 45% – the perfect level to enjoy the texture and mouth feel of the spirit. It’s a deliciously floral whisky with a silky and smooth texture.

Nose: Apple, Pear, Walnut
Palate: Exotic, Tropical
Finish: Spice, Tannin, Easy Drinking, Plush

Hanyu ‘Color Joker’ NAS Single Malt
Hanyu Distillery, Saitama

As the final release from Ichiro’s Malt Card series, this bottle was highly anticipated. It contains a vatting from 14 different casks, including puncheon and Bourbon. The result? A subtle, harmonious blend with touches of eucalyptus, five spice, and manuka honey.

Nose: Caramel Popcorn, Eucalyptus, Mizunara
Palate: Ma Lai Go, Fernet Hunter
Finish: Black Tea, Five Spice, Manuka Honey

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