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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.

Suntory 1981 Kioke Shikomi

75cl, 43%
Hakushu

A rare 75cl bottle labelled as 'pure malt' thought to be from Hakushu. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and photographs of this item are available,…  More info

Suntory 1981 Kioke Shikomi
$522.28

Karuizawa 48 Year Old 1964 (cask 3603)

70cl, 57.70%
Karuizawa

This is an extremely rare, extremely old bottling from the exulted Karuizawa distillery in Japan. Aged for just over 48 years in a 400-litre Sherry Oak cask, at the time of bottling, it is the oldest…  More info

Karuizawa 48 Year Old 1964 (cask 3603)
13
$30782.72

Karuizawa 1982 Cask 8497 - Koi

70cl, 46%
Karuizawa

A fantastic bourbon-matured Karuizawa which was distilled in 1982. It's a single cask whisky from the distillery's Koi range and, accordingly, it features a nice drawing of a carp on the…  More info

Karuizawa 1982 Cask 8497 - Koi
$3845.29

Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016

70cl, 48%
Yamazaki

With the 2013 release having been named World Whisky of the Year in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2015, this is a hugely anticipated release of Sherried Japanese whisky. Just 5,000 of these sought-after…  More info

Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016
117
$3188.68

Karuizawa 1980 Golden Samurai

70cl, 61.60%
Karuizawa

Rare Japanese single malt whisky from the sadly closed Karuizawa, distilled in 1980 and bottled in 2015. It was first presented as a Dream Dram at The Whisky Show 2015. The back label reads: "On…  More info

Karuizawa 1980 Golden Samurai
$5055.08

Karuizawa 29 Year Old 1984 (cask 3662)

70cl, 61%
Karuizawa

A rather beautiful bottling of 29 year old Japanese single malt whisky from the Karuizawa distillery, distilled in 1984 and matured in a Sherry cask. The distillery sadly shut its doors for the last…  More info

Karuizawa 29 Year Old 1984 (cask 3662)
$5169.72

Hanyu 2000 (cask 921) (bottled 2014)

70cl, 57.60%
Hanyu

A rare bottling of legendary Hanyu single malt from the final vintage! There is a tiny nick on the corner of the label. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed…  More info

Hanyu 2000 (cask 921) (bottled 2014)
$1259.77

Mars Maltage Cosmo

70cl, 43%
Mars Maltage

Mars Maltage Cosmo is a blended malt featuring whisky from the little-known Japanese distillery Shinshu, as well as whiskies from undisclosed Scottish distilleries. An intriguing expression...  More info

Mars Maltage Cosmo
$82.41

Karuizawa 15 Year Old 1992 (cask 3434) - Editor's Choice (Whisky Magazine)

70cl, 60.60%
Karuizawa

A rare single cask bottling of 15 year old Japanese single malt from the sadly closed Karuizawa distillery in Japan. Distilled in 1992, it spent over 15 years in an American oak Sherry butt and was…  More info

Karuizawa 15 Year Old 1992 (cask 3434) - Editor's Choice (Whisky Magazine)
$2078.05

Hakushu 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Hakushu

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

Hakushu 12 Year Old
25
$84.44

Yamazaki 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Yamazaki

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

Yamazaki 12 Year Old
93
$98.75

The Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky - Distiller’s Reserve

70cl, 43%
Yamazaki

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

The Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky - Distiller’s Reserve
39
$53.82

Nikka Pure Malt Black

50cl, 43%
Nikka

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

Nikka Pure Malt Black
14
$43.20

Togouchi 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Chugoku Jozo

A 12 year old Japanese blended whisky, produced by Chugoku Jozo for the Togouchi range, who age their whiskies in a tunnel (makes a nice change from a warehouse, doesn't it?). Rather peaty, with…  More info

Togouchi 12 Year Old
1
$93.40

Karuizawa Spirit of Asama 55%

70cl, 55%
Karuizawa

Whisky from the closed distillery of Karuizawa in Japan is fairly in demand these days. !****Understatement Klaxon***!. This single malt has been created from 77 casks filled during the final two…  More info

Karuizawa Spirit of Asama 55%
3
$632.24

Nikka Whisky From The Barrel - 3 Litre

300cl, 51.40%
Nikka

Want to know how to elicit gasps and exclamations of "Wow!" from a room full of whisky lovers? Bring out a 3 litre bottle of Nikka Whisky From The Barrel. That's right, 3 litres of this incredible,…  More info

Nikka Whisky From The Barrel - 3 Litre
2
$318.87

Yamazakura 16 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Yamazakura

A 16 year old whisky made from a mashbill of 80% corn and 20% malted barley brought to market by Japanese company Sasanokawa Shuzo. It was matured in ex-bourbon barrels and only 1,992 bottles have…  More info

Yamazakura 16 Year Old
2
$94.99

Ichiro's Malt The Joker (colour)

70cl, 57.70%
Hanyu

The final card in the legendary Ichiro's Malt Card series from the closed distillery of Hanyu (along with the even rarer single cask monochrome Joker). The colour Joker is a single malt from 14 casks…  More info

Ichiro's Malt The Joker (colour)
$2194.59

Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel 2013

70cl, 48%
Yamazaki

From Yamazaki, the oldest distillery in Japan, comes the 2013 release of their bourbon barrel-matured single malt whisky. It's made from carefully selected Yamazaki malts which have all been aged in…  More info

Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel 2013
1
$544.27

Yamazaki 18 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Yamazaki

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

Yamazaki 18 Year Old
62
$219.85

Hakushu 18 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Hakushu

A fantastic 18 year old Japanese whisky from the Hakushu distillery, a malty, fruity whisky of real quality.  More info

Hakushu 18 Year Old
5
$214.36

Hibiki 17 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Suntory

This Japanese blend was awarded an "Editor's Choice" from Whisky Magazine. Hibiki 17 year old is a superb whisky from Suntory.  More info

Hibiki 17 Year Old
40
$120.89

Miyagikyo Non Age

50cl, 43%
Miyagikyo

A no age statement single malt whisky from the Miyagikyo distillery in the Miyagi Prefecture. Characteristic of their expressions, this Miyagikyo single malt features plenty of interplay between…  More info

Miyagikyo Non Age
2
$51.08

White Oak Akashi Single Malt

50cl, 46%
Eigashima Shuzō

Single malt Japanese whisky from the Akashi range, produced by White Oak in Hyogo, just west of Kobe. This non-age-statement release ought to prove rather interesting for whisky adventurers looking…  More info

White Oak Akashi Single Malt
2
$65.88

Karuizawa 2000 Sea Dragon Cask (cask 166) (bottled 2013)

70cl, 64.30%
Karuizawa

A rare Japanese single malt from the closed distillery of Karuizawa. Matured in a single Sherry butt from 2000 to 2013, it was originally bottled in Japan exclusively for La Maison du Whisky. This…  More info

Karuizawa 2000 Sea Dragon Cask (cask 166) (bottled 2013)
$2195.99

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