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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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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
$210.20
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
$210.20
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
$420.48
A fantastic sherry butt-matured Karuizawa. This was distilled in 1990, and aged for 19 years in cask number 6446 before it was bottled at a cask strength in 2009. It was bottled for Whisky Live in...  More info
$420.48
Karuizawa 12 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
A very rare 12 year old Karuizawa, bottled for the Japanese market. This has a lot of interesting flavour to it, with some smoke and stone fruit. Earthy too…  More info
$141.23
An 8 year old whisky from the Karuizawa distillery, this is a very rare bottling for the Japanese market, and offers up notes of plum wine, hints of peat, and whiffs of the coast.  More info
Nikka have experimented with distilling malted barley through a Coffey or continuous still which are more commonly used for grain whiskies. Technically this isn't a single malt whisky because it...  More info
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$313.79
Yamazaki have matured this Japanese Single Malt Whisky in a Puncheon cask which at 480 litres in larger than the 230 litre Hogshead casks more often used. The result is that the whisky matures much...  More info
$108.42
This is the staggering 2012 edition of Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel - a rich Japanese single malt aged exclusively in ex-bourbon casks. Very creamy and, at 48%, rather intense too!  More info
$122.22
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
$119.91
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
$1598.06
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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$91.51
Yamazaki 25 Year Old
(70cl, 43%)
Yamazaki's astonishing 25 year old, aged in the finest Sherry casks for the entire maturation period to produce a fragrant, sherried, fruity, oaky masterpiece. Yummers.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (3.5/5)
$1164.14
Yamazaki 10 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
A 10 year old single malt from the Yamazaki distillery, aged in bourbon barrels. A lovely fruity dram, quite floral.  More info
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$69.53
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
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
User Rating:  Rating (4.5/5)
$163.10
2013 marks the 90th anniversary of the Yamazaki distillery, which opened in 1923. What better way to celebrate than with another year of their very popular Cask Collection? This is the 2013 release of...  More info
$422.72
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
User Rating:  Rating (4.0/5)
$334.35
Hibiki 30 Year Old
(70cl, 43%)
An absolutely stunning release from Hibiki. This was awarded the Trophy at the International Spirits Challenge in 2004, 2006 and 2008. It was also awarded the coveted title "World's Best Blended...  More info
$1507.22
In 2012 Yamazaki decided to release de-construct their Japanese Single Malt Whisky so you can appreciate the various types of casks used to make their award-winning malt. This bottle is the Bourbon...  More info
$114.65
Yamazaki Sherry 2013
(70cl, 48%)
This 2013 release of Yamazaki no-age statement single malt Japanese whisky which has been matured solely in sherry casks, released as part of their annual Cask Collection range. The whisky from...  More info
$170.38
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
User Rating:  Rating (4.0/5)
$106.17
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
User Rating:  Rating (3.5/5)
$181.57
Yamazaki 18 Year Old
(70cl, 43%)
An award winning Japanese single malt, Yamazaki's legendary 18 year old earned a Gold at the 2007 International Spirits Challenge and a Double Gold at the 2005 San Francisco World Spirits Competition...  More info
User Rating:  Rating (4.5/5)
$208.42
Yamazaki 12 Year Old
(70cl, 43%)
This 12 year old from Yamazaki first came onto the market in 1984 and was the first seriously marketed Japanese single malt whisky.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (4.0/5)
$77.10
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