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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 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
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
$105.45
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
$106.25
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
$109.39
In 2012 Yamazaki decided to release de-construct their Japanese Single Malt Whisky so you can appreciate the various types of casks used to make their award-winning malt. This bottle is the Bourbon...  More info
$111.50
A rare bottle of 8 year old blended malt from Nikka. A very creamy, fruity whisky with oodles of flavour and complexity!  More info
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$114.45
A heavily peated release from Suntory's Hakushu distillery. Intense peat concentration combined with the fantastic distillery character of Hakushu. Well, well worth a go this one…  More info
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
$116.62
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
$118.87
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
$118.87
Know someone who loves Japanese whisky and loves to share? Well this might be the perfect gift set for them, as it comes with a 70cl bottle of fantastic Yoichi 10 Year Old Single Malt whisky from...  More info
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
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
Bottled in 2010, this was crafted by Ichiro Akuto, this is a vatting of various single malts which have been aged in Japanese Mizunara oak. It’s an incredible whisky, with loads of character from the...  More info
$135.72
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
$137.35
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
From the cracking Ichiro’s Malt range, this is a vatting of whisky from both the Hanyu and Chichibu distilleries. The whisky was matured in Japanese oak, and vatted and bottled at Chichibu in 2010.  More info
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$142.46
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
$145.53
Suntory Kakubin is an ancient blended whisky from Japan, bottled in the 1980s. Very hard to find this stuff anymore!  More info
$157.07
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
Yamazaki Sherry 2013
(70cl, 48%)
This 2013 release of Yamazaki no-age statement single malt Japanese whisky which has been matured solely in sherry casks, released as part of their annual Cask Collection range. The whisky from...  More info
$165.71
The Yamazaki distillery matured the whisky for this release in Puncheon casks, which much, much larger than your regular hogshead cask. A hoggie will hold 230 litres, whereas the mighty Puncheon holds...  More info
$165.71
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
A delicious 15 year old Hanyu from the Ichiro’s malt range. This was distilled in 1995 and was finished in French oak. The results are stunning!  More info
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$170.08
An intense, utterly delicious 18 year old single malt, distilled at Hakushu. This is full, fruity, and very, very malty.  More info
$171.71
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