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Japanese Whisky

Japanese whiskies are crafted in the Scottish style. We find they lie between Lowland and Speyside in style. Delicate and perfumed with honeyed sweetness. One regularly hears them described as being smooth, but that is doing them an injustice. Light sherry and floral notes, sometimes they have been peated for a smoky, quasi Islay style.

The burgeoning whisky Japanese industry has been largely attributed to its two founding fathers: Shinjiro Torii and Masataka Taketsuru. Shinjiro established the Suntory brand, founding the first distillery in Japan in 1923, Yamazaki in the Vale of Yamazaki. Taketsuru founded Yoichi on Hokkaido eleven years later. Today, Japanese whiskies are becoming increasingly popular and in a style of their own.

Japanese Whisky
Suntory have been producing fantastic Japanese whisky since the 1920s, although the company was founded before that. In celebration of their 60th anniversary, they created the Suntory Royal blended...  More info
$509.33
Ichiro's Malt & Grain
(70cl, 46%)
A lovely blended whisky from Japan, created by Ichiro Akuto, the Japanese whisky extraordinaire. This particular gem is made with both malt and grain whisky from Japan as well as (possibly) some...  More info
$113.51
After releasing a number of single cask Coffey distilled grain whiskies, this is Nikka's larger release of their Japanese single grain whisky. It is mostly made of corn and distilled in the continuous...  More info
$66.13
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
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
$424.36
An incredibly rare, "60 month old" Yamazaki single malt from Suntory bottled for the Japanese market. A real collector's piece.  More info
$339.47
Miyagikyo 1988
(70cl, 50%)
A blend of four different styles of Miyagikyo whisky (with varying levels of peat). This was matured in a recharred casks and a sherry butt, will sell out very fast!  More info
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
Absolutely beautiful! Just looking at this makes us feel all warm inside. This incredible selection was specially made for Nikka's 70th Anniversary. Included are engraved bottles of cask strength...  More info
A rare bottle of 8 year old blended malt from Nikka. A very creamy, fruity whisky with oodles of flavour and complexity!  More info
User Rating:  Rating (3.5/5)
$118.76
Yamazaki Puncheon
(70cl, 48%)
A more recent addition to the Yamazaki line, Puncheon is bottled at the higher strength of 48%, and it was matured in a large 480 litre puncheon cask, which is affords the whisky slower maturation...  More info
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
$222.32
A very well aged dram! This 32 year old was distilled at Karuizawa in 1976 and matured in a sherry butt, single cask number 6719. Noh is a form of Japanese theatre, the label features a Noh performer.  More info
Strictly one per customer. Unless you send a handsome bribe of some sort. We can be bought, people.A fantastic new bourbon-matured Karuizawa which was distilled in 1982. It's a single cask whisky from...  More info
$351.44
A blended malt, made with whisky from several of Nikka's distilleries. This is bottled at cask strength. Very rare and worth a try - bottled for the Japanese market.  More info
Nikka Yoichi No Age
(50cl, 43%)
A lovely, creamy half litre bottle, blended with various casks of different ages from Yoichi. A perfect session dram!  More info
$52.55
A Japanese single cask whisky from Nikka. This was distilled at Miyagikyo in 1990 and matured for 19 years in cask number 36385 before bottling at cask strength in July of 2009.  More info
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
$109.42
Miyagikyo 15 Year Old
(70cl, 45%)
As you work your way along the Miyagikyou range, you witness the beautiful fruity, floral balance become fuller, and more complex. Jim Murray awarded this a whopping 92 points! It's an incredible...  More info
User Rating:  Rating (4.5/5)
$166.30
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
This is an extremely rare, extremely old bottling from the exulted Karuizawa distillery in Japan. Aged for just over 48 years in a 400-litre Sherry Oak cask, at the time of bottling, it is the oldest...  More info
User Rating:  Rating (5.0/5)
$16977.52
A very rare and hard-to-come-by Japanese grain whisky from the Fuji Gotemba distillery. It was founded in 1973 by Kirin, and is highly unusual.  More info
$288.53
Yeah, yeah, we know it's not really a single malt (because it was distilled in a Coffey column still, rather than a pot still). This is, however, a fantastic 12 year old limited release from Nikka...  More info
Part of the cult Ichiro's malt range of playing-card themed whiskies, distilled at the Hanyu distillery. This Five of Clubs was finished in a Japanese Mizunara oak Hogshead! Part of a release of just...  More info
User Rating:  Rating (3.5/5)
Ginkgo
(70cl, 46%)
A Japanese blended malt, this was created by Ichiro Akuto who once worked at the Hanyu distillery. Ginkgo is the name of a tree which is believed to date back 150 million years, used for its medicinal...  More info
$93.80
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