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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
An incredible single cask from the Hanyu distillery, aged for 19 years. This was hogshead matured and finished in a top quality Spanish Sherry Butt (the Japanese are sticklers for great oak!). A...  More info
A release of 200 numbered bottles from cask 9306. Distilled at Hanyu in 1988 and bottled in 2009. Very buttery and rich whisky, plus, let's face it, the label is quite funny!  More info
$203.54
Yes, this whisky genuinely is called "Nice Butt". There's really not much else to say (all the whiskies in this range seem to have very suggestive labels!). Other than the fact this is a super rare...  More info
$203.54
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
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
$213.31
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
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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
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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
$276.85
A very special Hanyu bottled by Number One Drinks. This was distilled in 1988, aged for 21 years in Spanish Oak Sherry Butt number 9306 before bottling in 2009. A release of 625 bottles. This has one...  More info
Hibiki 21 Year Old
(70cl, 43%)
Strictly 1 Per Customer

Hibiki 21 was named World's Best Blended Whisky at the 2014 World Whiskies Awards and was awarded 96 points in Jim Murray's 2014 Whisky Bible. Dr. Whisky says it's...  More info
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$284.99
Yoichi 1989
(70cl, 55%)
The stunning 1989 vintage Yoichi, this overwhelmingly put together, aged in bourbon, new oak and an Oloroso sherry butt. The results are very full bodied and utterly characteristic of a Japanese...  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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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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$303.85
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
$309.42
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
$314.31
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
An incredibly rare, "60 month old" Yamazaki single malt from Suntory bottled for the Japanese market. A real collector's piece.  More info
$325.71
An incredible addition to the Ichiro's Malt Card range. Each whisky, in very modish style, is named after a playing card. We love them! This was distilled at the Hanyu distillery in 1986, and aged in...  More info
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
$337.20
An older-style bottling of the magnificent Yoichi 20 Year Old single malt whisky, a very well loved Japanese whisky. One of the many delicious expressions from the Nikka Whisky collections. An ace...  More info
$362.63
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
$365.12
It is amazing that this 1970s bottling of Suntory Royal has been so well looked after over the past 40 years. It looks brand new! It's not, it's rather old, but even the presentation box is in...  More info
$390.96
Made to celebrate their 60th anniversary as a company, Suntory Royal whisky is a rare sight these days. This particular antique bottling was produced in Japan during the 1970s.  More info
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$390.96
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
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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$407.02
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