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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
Nikka All Malt
(70cl, 40%)
A blended Japanese whisky from Nikka made with malt from Yoichi and a combination of malt and Coffey Still whisky from Miyagikyou.  More info
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$44.57
Whisky from the Barrel is one of the greatest value for money whiskies in the world. An incredible dram from Nikka, so much power! We can't recommend this enough.  More info
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$48.08
Nikka Blended Whisky
(70cl, 40%)
From the Japanese distillers Nikka comes their blended whisky, the Nikka Blended Whisky. Yep, that's it. A simple name, a minimalist bottle, a refined label - the focus here is on the expertly-made...  More info
$48.50
Nikka Pure Malt Black
(50cl, 43%)
Jim Murray scored different batches of Pure Malt Black with 92 and 95 points respectively. This is a great dram, a blended malt made up of whisky from Nikka's Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries. Full...  More info
User Rating:  Rating (3.5/5)
$53.17
Nikka Pure Malt Red
(50cl, 43%)
Pure Malt Red is a Japanese blended malt in a charming looking bottle! This is made up of malt whisky from the Nikka distilleries Yoichi and Miyagikyo. The result is a fruit, creamy, buttery, and...  More info
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$53.17
Nikka Pure Malt White
(50cl, 43%)
Poised and slightly peaty. Pure Malt White is a blended malt with whisky from Nikka's excellent distilleries. Really recommend this.  More info
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$53.17
A Japanese blended whisky that has been the subject of some controversy. The bottling for the home market in Japan is made with malt whisky and molasses spirit, which would not be classed as 'whisky'...  More info
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$54.56
A 50cl bottling of Suntory's excellent Hibiki 12 Year Old blended Japanese whisky, including malts from Yamazaki and Hakushu distilleries.  More info
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$58.53
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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$63.59
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
$63.59
A fragrant and lightly spiced Isawa blended whisky created at the Monde Shuzo distillery in Japan.  More info
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$63.59
Hibiki 12 Year Old
(70cl, 43%)
An exquisite 12 year old blended Japanese whisky. Hibiki includes malt whisky from Yamazaki and Hakushu, as well as grain whisky from Chita. The whisky is partly matured in plum liqueur barrels.  More info
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$74.62
We've said it before - many times in fact - Nikka's Whisky from the Barrel is staggeringly good stuff, with just the right balance of toffee sweetness and rich malty flavour and a tinge of smoke for...  More info
$77.33
A wonderful Japanese whisky gift set from Nikka. This pack includes the classic "Whisky From The Barrel", as well as two branded glasses and a speed pourer. Brilliant!  More info
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$77.65
Using the two Coffey stills at the Miyagikyo distillery, which were imported from Scotland to Japan in 1963, Nikka have produced a number of single cask single grain whiskies from time to time over...  More info
$78.14
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)
$86.33
Yoichi 10 Year Old
(70cl, 45%)
A very well made single malt from Japan, Yoichi is the jewel in Nikka's crown, their 10 year old offering notes of vanilla and fruit. One batch of this received 93 points in the Jim Murray Whisky...  More info
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$87.74
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
$88.74
A non-age-statement expression of Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt whisky, named after the company's founder, Masataka Taketsuru. It features plenty of whisky from the Miyagikyo distillery, as well as...  More info
$92.65
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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$102.20
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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$103.14
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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$116.36
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
$118.57
This is a great 17 year old blended malt named for Nikka's founder, the whisky-pilgrim Masataka Taketsuru.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (3.5/5)
$119.24
Hibiki 17 Year Old
(70cl, 43%)
This Japanese blend was awarded an "Editor's Choice" from Whisky Magazine. Hibiki 17 year old is a superb whisky from Suntory.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (4.5/5)
$126.90
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