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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
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
$140.99
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
$51.98
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
An intense, utterly delicious 18 year old single malt, distilled at Hakushu. This is full, fruity, and very, very malty.  More info
$176.26
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
$285.43
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
$219.93
Very rare Japanese whisky, there is very, very little Kagoshima whisky anywhere in the world, as the distillery is now long closed. This whisky is made by vatting together five casks from the...  More info
$319.02
Karuizawa 17 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
Fans of Japanese whisky looking at this product will likely be shaking with excitement. That's because this is a super rare 17 year old bottled for Japan and not intended for the UK market. But we've...  More info
$324.05
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
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
$92.79
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)
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
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)
$164.50
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 set of tubed miniatures demonstrating the wonderful character of Nikka whisky. There are samples of: Nikka Pure Malt Red, White and Black, Nikka All Malt and Nikka Whisky From The Barrel.  More info
Yamazaki Sherry Cask
(70cl, 48%)
A wonderfully full bodied malt from Yamazaki. This was aged in first fill Oloroso sherry butts for around 12 to 15 years. A limited release of 16,000 bottles.  More info
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
A single cask from Yoichi. This was distilled on the 7th February 1991, and matured for 18 years in cask number 129374 before bottling at cask strength on the 10th July 2009.  More info
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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
A single cask Coffey grain whisky from Nikka. Coffey grain is whisky distilled in a Coffey column still, Nikka have had great success with several exquisite Coffey grain whisky in the past. This was...  More info
User Rating:  Rating (4.0/5)
Yamazaki 1984
(70cl, 48%)
A very rare, very exclusive vintage, Yamazaki 1984 was matured in American, European and Japanese Mizunara oak and it was awarded a Gold at the International Spirits Challenge.  More info
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