Hibiki 12 and 21 are My favorites as the 17 seems to be stuck in the middle ground not knowing what it actually is.
Out of that List I don't really agree with it. Yoichi 15 over the 10 as the 10 seems like a waste. All the Hakushu are pretty low on my list of Japanese Whiskey or any whiskey my buddy loves the Coffee Malt. The Green Label Akashi Single Malt is more bang for your buck and its Amazing. The Taketsuru 21 would be a better choice over the 17 and the Price difference shouldn't be that big in most Markets. And all the Yamazaki are fantastic.
In Los Angeles if you ever get a chance you can hit up Bar Jackalope and try all the Japanese Whiskey and kind of get a feel for what you might like. I tried everything I wanted last time and paid around 100 dollars total. Light a Cigar there too!