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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
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
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$205.80
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)
$258.43
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)
$330.16
A very rare and truly fabulous peated Japanese whisky from Hakushus. This 25 year old was awarded a Silver Medal at the Malt Maniac Awards in 2009, and whisky critic Jim Murray rated it 93 points out...  More info
$1659.44
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
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
User Rating:  Rating (4.5/5)
$49.32
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
$51.41
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)
$54.54
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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$54.54
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
$64.70
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
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
User Rating:  Rating (4.0/5)
$68.66
Nikka Super Whisky
(70cl, 43%)
Blended whisky from Nikka. A very good blend all in all, with plenty of malt and dried fruit flavour.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (3.5/5)
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
$80.15
The 12 year old variant of Nikka's incredible range of blended malts, named after the company's founder, Masataka Taketsuru. Very good indeed.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (4.5/5)
A perfect example of Suntory's beautiful craftsmanship, this gift set contains miniatures of Yamazaki 12 year old, Hibiki 17 year old, and Hakushu 12 year old!  More info
$82.98
A fantastic gift pack containing a tasting glass alongside the excellent Hibiki 12 Year Old blended Japanese whisky, which already comes in the most handsome decanter bottle.  More info
$87.15
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
User Rating:  Rating (5.0/5)
$90.00
Ths Spirit of Asama is an incredible, legendary whisky from Japan's Karuizawa distillery. It is a vatting of 77 different sherry casks which were laid down in 1999 and 2000. The sherry character in...  More info
User Rating:  Rating (2.5/5)
$90.37
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
User Rating:  Rating (4.0/5)
$90.37
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
$91.78
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
Whisky from the closed distillery of Karuizawa in Japan is fairly in demand these days. !****Understatement Klaxon***! With that in mind, the idea behind the Spirit of Asama releases is quite simple...  More info
User Rating:  Rating (4.5/5)
$101.90
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
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