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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.

The Kurayoshi 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Kurayoshi

This is the 12 year old Kurayoshi expression - a blended malt from the little-known Matsui Shuzou distillery in Japan's Tottori Prefecture. These whiskies are made with malts sources from Scotland,…  More info

The Kurayoshi 12 Year Old
$159.32

Mars Maltage Cosmo

70cl, 43%
Mars

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
2
$65.87

Togouchi 15 Year Old

70cl, 43.8%
Chugoku Jozo

A 15 year old blended whisky from the Togouchi range, produced by the little-known Chugoku Jozo in Japan. They source whisky from Scotland and Canada, and then age it in a railway tunnel before…  More info

Togouchi 15 Year Old
$192.28
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The Kurayoshi Pure Malt

70cl, 43%
Kurayoshi

A blended malt from little-known Japanese whisky producer, Matsui Shuzou. It's made with whiskies sourced from Scottish distilleries, blended with Japanese whisky and volcanic-stone-filtered water.…  More info

The Kurayoshi Pure Malt
$93.34
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Yamazakura Blended Whisky

70cl, 40%
Yamazakura

A blended whisky from Japan's Yamazakura range, which is brought to market by Japanese company Sasanokawa Shuzo. The name itself a portmanteau of two Japanese terms 'Yama' means 'mountain' and…  More info

Yamazakura Blended Whisky
7
$55.30

Fuyu Whisky

70cl, 40%
Fuyu

A blended Japanese whisky made with malts and grains from distilleries on Japan's Honshu island. For those not keeping track, that's the main island of Japan, housing the lion's share of Japanese…  More info

Fuyu Whisky
$43.89

Yamazaki 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Yamazaki

A 10 year old single malt from the Yamazaki distillery, aged in bourbon barrels. A lovely fruity dram, quite floral. Please note: The labels have some slight wear and tear. These bottles were…  More info

Yamazaki 10 Year Old
11
$434.03

Togouchi Premium Blended Japanese Whisky

70cl, 40%
Chugoku Jozo

Togouchi is a blended Japanese whisky from the producers Chugoku Jozo, who mature their whisky in a tunnel rather than a warehouse. The name comes from where the tunnel is located, in the town of…  More info

Togouchi Premium Blended Japanese Whisky
20
$45.05
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Golden Horse Bushu

70cl, 43%
Golden Horse

A blended whisky from the Golden Horse range, owned by Japanese company, Toashuzo. The Golden Horse brand previously had age statements on their labels, though since relaunching in 2016 (following a…  More info

Golden Horse Bushu
$56.95

Kaiyo Whisky Cask Strength

70cl, 53%
Kaiyo

A cask strength variant of Kaiyo Whisky, a Japanese teaspooned malt which has endured a maturation in mizunara casks - known for being expensive though difficult for coopers to work with. These…  More info

Kaiyo Whisky Cask Strength
$128.51

White Oak Akashi Single Malt

50cl, 46%
White Oak

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
5
$76.86
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963 Malt & Grain Black Label

70cl, 46%
Yamazakura

A blended whisky from Japan's Sasanokawa Shuzo and its 963 whisky selection. This one features a hearty helping of peat smoke at its core (in contract to the unpeated Red Label expression), so if…  More info

963 Malt & Grain Black Label
$42.00

Ichiro's Malt Double Distilleries

70cl, 46%
Ichiro

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

Ichiro's Malt Double Distilleries
3
$109.82

963 8 Year Old Blended Malt (57%)

70cl, 57%
Yamazakura

An 8 year old blended malt whisky, released as part of the 963 series of expressions. These whiskies are created by Sasanokawa Shuzo, the company also responsible for making the Yamazakura…  More info

963 8 Year Old Blended Malt (57%)
$85.15

Togouchi 9 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Chugoku Jozo

A 9 year old blended whisky from Chugoku Jozo's interesting Togouchi range. The producers create their expressions with whisky from both Scotland and Canada, and age it in a railway tunnel in Japan…  More info

Togouchi 9 Year Old
$80.15
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Okayama Single Malt

70cl, 40%
Miyashita

A single malt Japanese whisky from the Miyashita Distillery, in the Okayama Prefecture in the south of Japan. Miyashita produced the whisky in celebration of their 100th anniversary (they have long…  More info

Okayama Single Malt
$148.28
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The Kurayoshi Pure Malt Sherry Cask

70cl, 43%
Kurayoshi

The second of the two Sherry-influenced Malts in the Kurayoshi portfolio (the first being The Kurayoshi Sherry Cask), The Kurayoshi Pure Malt Sherry Cask is a 100% malted barley whisky, which was…  More info

The Kurayoshi Pure Malt Sherry Cask
$93.34

Fujikai 10 Year Old

50cl, 43%
Monde Shuzo

A 10 year old Japanese whisky from Monde Shuzo, released in partnership with Whiskies du Monde. Fujikai takes its name from the fact that Monde Shuzo, a winery that also produces the Isawa whiskies,…  More info

Fujikai 10 Year Old
14
$54.34
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White Oak Akashi Blended Whisky

50cl, 40%
White Oak

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

White Oak Akashi Blended Whisky
24
$34.43
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White Oak Tokinoka Blended Whisky

50cl, 40%
White Oak

A Japanese blended whisky from the White Oak distillery, which is in Hyogo, just west of Kobe. Makes for a good value-for-money introduction to the world of Japanese whisky. White Oak is also known…  More info

White Oak Tokinoka Blended Whisky
$37.33

Suntory Kakubin Yellow Label

70cl, 40%
Suntory

A classic blended whisky from Suntory - the core ingredients in countless cocktails over the many, many years its been produced by the legendary Japanese producers.  More info

Suntory Kakubin Yellow Label
6
$65.19
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Nikka Pure Malt Spice Rack Set

150cl, 43%
Nikka

Nikka have eschewed using a box or case or what-have-you to present these three Pure Malt whiskies and gone for something a little different: a spice rack! This set includes a 50cl bottle of all…  More info

Nikka Pure Malt Spice Rack Set
$229.08

Kaiyo Whisky

70cl, 43%
Kaiyo

Kaiyo Whisky is very intriguing indeed, starting out as a teaspooned malt (with the bulk of the malt whisky coming from one distillery, along with a drop of malt whisky from another distillery,…  More info

Kaiyo Whisky
2
$91.15

The Kurayoshi Sherry Cask

70cl, 43%
Kurayoshi

A sherried expression from the Kurayoshi range, created by little-known Japanese whisky producer Matsui Shuzou (also known for sake and shochu). These whiskies are blended malts, made with whiskies…  More info

The Kurayoshi Sherry Cask
$104.32
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963 8 Year Old Blended Malt (59%)

70cl, 59%
Yamazakura

From Sasanokawa Shuzo's 963 range comes an 8 year old blended malt, not often seen outside of Japan! Sasanokawa Shuzo also produce the Yamazakura range of whiskies, and have been producing whisky…  More info

963 8 Year Old Blended Malt (59%)
$85.65
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