Weekend Sip: Meet a Japanese whisky with hints of white chocolate

The bottle:Hibiki Japanese Harmony, $64.99

The back story: We’ve long moved past the days when drinking whisky meant drinking either Scotch or classic American bourbon. Now, smart sippers are looking for libations from a range of places. In particular, they have come to embrace Japanese whisky.

Consider: Suntory STBFY, +0.99% , a dominant player in that country’s whisky market, has seen its U.S. sales grow by 174% from 2014 to 2017, according to market researcher Nielsen. Demand is so strong that some Suntory whiskies, particularly prized expressions that have been aged for several years, have become all but impossible to find.

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