To sample by the glass, hit San Francisco’s Nihon Whisky Lounge. Offering what is arguably the best bar selection in the United States, Nihon serves Yamazaki 12, 18, 1986 sherry wood, and vintage 1994; Nikka Gold; and Hibiki 12 and 17. In Denver, belly up to the Whiskey Bar for some Yamazaki 12; in Manhattan, hit the Brandy Library or d.b.a.
For those seeking a bottle, only Yamazaki 12 and 18 are widely available in US stores; other brands must be ordered online.
Total Wine & More
Cork ’N Bottle
Lee’s Discount Liquor (702-870-6300)
11th Avenue Liquor (503-236-2076)