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Japanese Single Malt Whisky

The Japanese have received great acclaim recently for their ever expanding range of single malt whiskies. These are produced just like any single malt whisky, distilled from nothing other than yeast, water and malted barley at a single distillery before a maturation of at least three years and a day in oak casks. There are two main brands that own Japanese distilleries: Nikka and Suntory, founded by Masataka Taketsuru and Shinjiro Torii respectively.

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Hakushu 12 Year Old
(70cl, 43%)
This whisky hails from the Japanese distillery of Hakushu set in a forest and was once twice the size with an east and west distillery on the site.  More info
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$100.42
Hakushu 18 Year Old
(70cl, 43%)
A fantastic 18 year old Japanese whisky from the Hakushu distillery, a malty, fruity whisky of real quality.  More info
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$251.24
A very rare and truly fabulous peated Japanese whisky from Hakushus. This 25 year old was awarded a Silver Medal at the Malt Maniac Awards in 2009, and whisky critic Jim Murray rated it 93 points out...  More info
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$1571.83
Miyagikyo 10 Year Old
(70cl, 45%)
A beautiful 10 year old from the Miyagikyou distillery (more recent bottles spell the name "Miyagikyo"). This offers a wonderful purity, floral, fruity, silken smooth. A beautiful balanced dram.  More info
$94.14
Miyagikyo 12 Year Old
(70cl, 45%)
That same purity and balanced as in the Miyagikyou 10 year old, only the 12 offers more body and a stronger sherry character. Very good stuff!  More info
$128.68
From the Hakushu distillery in the foothills of Mount Kaikomagatake comes their Distiller's Reserve single malt whisky, a no-age-statement expression, that captures the smoky, herbaceous...  More info
$62.67
Released in Spring 2014, this is one of two Distiller's Reserve single malt whiskies from Suntory in Japan. This single malt from the Yamazaki distillery is jam-packed with superb red berry notes...  More info
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$62.67
A very well known and well loved Japanese single malt, the Yoichi 10 Year Old is a total classic. Plenty of fruit, plenty of vanilla and a deft touch of peat smoke running through it - marvellous...  More info
$125.56
Yoichi 12 Year Old
(70cl, 45%)
The pot stills of the Yoichi distillery are still directly heated, proffering hot spots in the stills, which in turn gives the whisky some wonderful sweet, rich notes. This is one of the richest 12...  More info
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$128.68
Yoichi 15 Year Old
(70cl, 45%)
A delicious single malt from the Yoichi distillery, founded by Masataka Taketsuru in 1934. Taketsuru deemed the terroir to be perfect for whisky production, as this 15 year old will testify.  More info
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$153.51
Yoichi 20 Year Old
(70cl, 52%)
An outstanding single malt from the Yoichi distillery, highly rated by whisky critics - Jim Murray awarded it 95 points. Incredibly mature, even for a 20 year old dram. Delicious!  More info
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$321.92
By gosh by golly, hold on to your horses. It's a super rare Chichibu, bottled by Golden Horse. This was bottled at cask strength in July 2008, and all the bottlers are numbered. Expect a lot of...  More info
$206.05
Chichibu The First
(70cl, 61.80%)
The incredibly well-anticipated release from Ichiro Akuto's Chichibu distillery. A distillery with the finest name ever. This was released in the UK in 2012.  More info
$139.96
Distilled at Hakushu and bottled by the renowned SMWS, this is an incredibly rare, highly collectible bottle of top-quality Japanese single malt. It was distilled in November 1981 before a 21 year...  More info
$1494.73
Hakushu 10 Year Old
(70cl, 40.50%)
A beautiful 10 year old single malt from Suntory's Hakushu distillery, known for its lightly peaty, fruity flavour. Beautiful on the rocks, or in a cracking Mizuwari.  More info
Hakushu 12 Year Old 43.5%
(70cl, 43.50%)
A 12 year old single malty from Suntory. The Hakushu distillery sits in the forests not far from the Japanese Alps.  More info
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$85.60
An intense, utterly delicious 18 year old single malt, distilled at Hakushu. This is full, fruity, and very, very malty.  More info
$165.14
Hakushu Bourbon Barrel
(70cl, 48.20%)
The much anticipated Hakushu Bourbon Barrel sees the gently peated Japanese whisky aged entirely in first fill bourbon barrels. This has resulted in a great deal of creamy sweetness - absolutely...  More info
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$156.94
A heavily peated release from Suntory's Hakushu distillery. Intense peat concentration combined with the fantastic distillery character of Hakushu. Well, well worth a go this one…  More info
The extremely sought after Hakushu Sherry Cask from 2012, a limited release of only 3,000 bottles of delicious jammy Japanese single malt whisky.  More info
$112.16
An incredible single cask from the Hanyu distillery, aged for 19 years. This was hogshead matured and finished in a top quality Spanish Sherry Butt (the Japanese are sticklers for great oak!). A...  More info
A release of 200 numbered bottles from cask 9306. Distilled at Hanyu in 1988 and bottled in 2009. Very buttery and rich whisky, plus, let's face it, the label is quite funny!  More info
$196.61
Yes, this whisky genuinely is called "Nice Butt". There's really not much else to say (all the whiskies in this range seem to have very suggestive labels!). Other than the fact this is a super rare...  More info
$196.61
A very rare bottling of single cask Hanyu, this was bottled from cask 9305, and there are just 200 bottles, all at natural cask strength. Serge from WhiskyFun.com awarded it a very impressive 91...  More info
$393.29
Hanyu 1991 Cask 370
(70cl, 57.30%)
A single cask from the Hanyu distillery in South Japan. Distilled in 1991, matured in a hogshead and finished in Japanese oak before bottling 2009. An outturn of 361 bottles.  More info
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