Japanese whisky is a style of whisky produced in Japan. For years, the market for it was primarily domestic. Today Japanese whisky is winning fans all over the world.
The production of Japanese whisky began as a conscious effort to recreate the style of Scotch whisky. Pioneers like Taketsuru carefully studied the process of making Scotch whisky, and went to great lengths in an attempt to recreate that process in Japan. The location of Yoichi in Hokkaidō was chosen particularly for its terrain and climate, which were in many ways reminiscent of Scotland (although the first distillery – Yamazaki was actually built on the mainland in a not so distant location). Today Japanese whisky is developing a style of its own and is worldly recognized for its qualities.