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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 Japan whisky 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 is a relatively new addition to the world of whisky, but it has quickly become a favourite among connoisseurs. Japanese whisky is known for its smooth, delicate flavour and its similarity to Scotch whisky.

While Japanese whisky is not as widely available as other types of whisky, it is becoming more popular all over the world. If you're looking to try something new, Japanese whisky is a great option.

Japanese whisky is made in a variety of locations across the country, each with its own climate and water source. This gives Japanese whisky its unique flavour profile.

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
14
$79.10
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Shinju Japanese Whisky - Aged 8 Years

70cl, 40%
Shinju

A blend of four different Japanese whiskies aged for at least eight years and distilled with water from Mount Fuji, which inspired this whisky's name as Shinju means 'Pearl'.  More info

Shinju Japanese Whisky - Aged 8 Years
$57

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
34
$29.83

Hatozaki Blended

70cl, 40%
The Kaikyo Distillery

A blended whisky from the Kaikyo Distillery, the Hatozaki blend sees the marriage of both malt and grain whiskies, including whisky distilled in Japan and imported stocks. The whisky is named after…  More info

Hatozaki Blended
6
$31.40
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The Kurayoshi Tottori Bourbon Barrel

70cl, 43%
Kurayoshi

A brill bourbon-barrel matured blend from Japan's Kurayoshi Tottori range, featuring a bounty of fruit and vanilla notes alongside a whisper of smoke. Ought to be good for sipping neat, or for…  More info

The Kurayoshi Tottori Bourbon Barrel
$42.89

Hinotori 5 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Hinotori

This right here is a 5 year old blended Japanese whisky, released by the Hekinan Distillery. The whisky itself isn't chill filtered, and has a creamy flavour profile with plenty of vanilla and…  More info

Hinotori 5 Year Old
$67.71

Mars Komagatake Single Malt (2021 Edition)

70cl, 48%
Mars

A superb single malt, the Mars Komagatake 2021 Edition is a yearly offering of their characteristic expression. Distilled and matured at the Mars Shinsu distillery in the village of Miyada and…  More info

Mars Komagatake Single Malt (2021 Edition)
$138.36

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
7
$76.33
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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
1
$103.20
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Miyagikyo Single Malt

70cl, 45%
Miyagikyo

Replacing the previous NAS Miyagikyo single malt as well as the remaining age statement expressions, this single release will represent the distillery going forward as demand for Japanese whisky…  More info

Miyagikyo Single Malt
9
$70.60
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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
3
$73.86

Mars Komagatake Tsunuki Aging (Bottled 2020)

70cl, 54%
Shinshu

This expression, dubbed the Mars Komagatake Tsunuki Aging, is a single malt distilled at the Shinshu Distillery, but matured at the Tsunuki Distillery – both of which are owned by Mars. This is the…  More info

Mars Komagatake Tsunuki Aging (Bottled 2020)
$310.12

Fuyu Whisky

70cl, 40.5%
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
17
$37.18

Super Nikka

70cl, 43%
Nikka

Blended whisky from Nikka. A very good blend all in all, with plenty of malt and dried fruit flavour.  More info

Super Nikka
1
$47.67
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Togouchi Kiwami

70cl, 40%
Chugoku Jozo

Kiwami (meaning 'supreme') is a blended Japanese whisky from Chugoku Jozo who mature their whiskies in a 361 metre long tunnel rather than a warehouse, which is fun.  More info

Togouchi Kiwami
1
$48.65

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
23
$38.34
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The Matsui Sakura Cask

70cl, 48%
Kurayoshi

A single malt from the Kurayoshi Distillery, which resides in the foothills of Mt. Daisen. Released as part of the Matsui range, this particular expression has been matured in cherry wood casks -…  More info

The Matsui Sakura Cask
2
$104.86

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
13
$53.38
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Kaiyo The Peated

70cl, 46%
Kaiyo

A peaty edition of Kaiyo Whisky! Richly smoky, with complexy imparted by maturing in casks made from Mizunara oak, which is rather rare and exciting (though known for being a bit tough for coopers to…  More info

Kaiyo The Peated
$95.33

Mars Maltage Cosmo – Manzanilla Cask Finish

70cl, 42%
Mars

From Japan's Mars comes a lip-smacking release from the Cosmo range – this edition of the stellar* blended malt whisky has been given a finishing period in Manzanilla sherry casks. This has really…  More info

Mars Maltage Cosmo – Manzanilla Cask Finish
$95.37

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
6
$95.36
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Hatozaki Pure Malt

70cl, 46%
The Kaikyo Distillery

From the Kaikyo Distilley comes Hatozaki Pure Malt, made with 100% malt whiskies, including stocks distilled in Japan as well as imported malt whiskies. This one features spirits drawn from a trio of…  More info

Hatozaki Pure Malt
18
$41.94
$38.60
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Nikka Days

70cl, 40%
Nikka

Nikka Days is a brilliantly bright blended Japanese whisky from the legendary producer, featuring spirits from the Miyagikyo and Yoichi distilleries. The slightly peated whisky delicately balances…  More info

Nikka Days
12
$33.87
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Kura The Whisky - Rum Cask Finish

70cl, 40%
Helios

A variation of Kura The Whisky blended malt whisky, which has enjoyed a finishing period in casks that previously held rum. We're rather fold of rum cask finished whiskies, as they help to bolster…  More info

Kura The Whisky - Rum Cask Finish
7
$76.24
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Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt (2020 Release)

70cl, 43%
Nikka

A new edition of Nikka's Taketsuru Pure Malt, released in 2020! It features a new recipe, showing off the excellent balance of the Japanese whisky, alongside wafts of smoke and waves of creamy malt.…  More info

Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt (2020 Release)
2
$56.29

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