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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
This stunning Yoichi was distilled in 1990 and released in the beginning of early 2011 after 20 years of ageing. It is made with four different types of single malt, all made at the Yoichi distillery.  More info
A delicious Yamazaki released in 2011. This was aged entirely in first fill bourbon barrels, and it's a limited edition of just 1,000 bottles for the UK market. Very tasty!  More info
$114.12
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
$105.02
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
$139.72
An incredibly rare, "60 month old" Yamazaki single malt from Suntory bottled for the Japanese market. A real collector's piece.  More info
$314.08
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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$293.00
Strictly one per customer... Sharing is caring.From the Noh range, this is an astonishing Karuizawa which was distilled in 1982 and aged in a bourbon cask for 29 years before bottling. The result is a...  More info
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$392.48
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
$325.15
Maximum of one bottle per customer (it's only fair!)This is a truly staggering sherry-matured Japanese single cask from perhaps the country's most legendary distillery - Karuizawa. It was distilled in...  More info
$352.08
Yamazaki Sherry 2012
(70cl, 48%)
This is a sherry cask matured Japanese Single Malt Whisky from Yamazaki. Rather than blending a selection of different cask types together, Yamazaki have just selected whisky matured in ex-Sherry...  More info
$102.01
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
$101.24
Mizunara is a type of oak tree found in Japan and Yamazaki mature a portion of their Japanese Single Malt Whisky in Mizunara and blend this whisky into their various bottlings. The Yamazaki Mizunara...  More info
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$392.62
Suntory Kakubin is an ancient blended whisky from Japan, bottled in the 1980s. Very hard to find this stuff anymore!  More info
$150.80
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
$114.12
Yamazaki 50 Year Old
(70cl, 57%)
Strictly one per customer

Allow us to introduce the rarest and oldest Japanese single malt whisky of all time. Packaged impeccably and aged in the very finest Japanese Mizunara oak, this is a true...  More info
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$15707.82
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
$1492.17
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
$111.97
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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$85.45
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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$64.92
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
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
Single cask Japanese new make from Chichibu. This was distilled in June 2009 and bottled in July 2009. Distilled from heavily peated optic barley and matured in a new american oak hogshead. From cask...  More info
A finished new make from the new Chichibu distillery in Japan. This was initially matured in a bourbon barrel, before a finish in a new American oak hogshead. Distilled from Braemer non-peated barley...  More info
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
Single cask Japanese whisky. This was distilled at the Karuizawa distillery in 1985 and matured in single cask number 7017 before bottling at cask strength on the 16th October 2009.  More info
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