Recently, Suntory — the Japanese distiller that has been in business near Kyoto since 1899 — started shipping its newest gin and vodka to the United States. The vodka, which is fairly neutral but traced with sweetness, is distilled from rice. The House of Suntory is one of several Japanese distillers bringing a beautiful new twist on whiskey. Their vodka is filtered through bamboo charcoal, which imparts a unique depth when compared to traditional charcoal filtration. The subtle, sweet notes strike a balance somewhere between potato and grain-based vodkas.