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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 18 Year Old

70cl, 50%
Kurayoshi

18 year old blended malt from the Kurayoshi range, created by the Matsui Shuzou distillery. Though not very well-known, Matsui Shuzou have created some rather marvellous expression for this series,…  More info

The Kurayoshi 18 Year Old
6
$218.09

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
$35.38
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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
$58.23
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White Oak Tokinoka Black

50cl, 50%
White Oak

Tokinoka Black is a Japanese whisky that was created by Akito Ueda, master blender at the White Oak distillery. It was made with a blend of malt whisky (50%) and grain whisky (50%) before being in…  More info

White Oak Tokinoka Black
$49.89
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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
$86.27
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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
4
$82.21

Tenjaku Whisky

70cl, 40%
Tenjaku

A tasty blended Japanese whisky here, Tanjaku is made with corn and barley, and aged in American white oak bourbon barrels. The Japanese characters you can spot on the label translate to "hibari",…  More info

Tenjaku Whisky
39
$30.18
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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
$93.96
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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
$104.02

Enso Japanese Whisky

70cl, 40%
Enso

A delicate Japanese blended whisky, Enso translates from Japanese to 'circle' or 'cycle'. Hailing from Kiyokawa, within Kanagawa Prefecture, the whisky itself was distilled in pot stills, and matured…  More info

Enso Japanese Whisky
5
$58.22

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
$46.78
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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
$117.60

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
8
$57.17

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
$53.06

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
$49.94

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
$83.25
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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
$61.39

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
$72.80

Nikka Days Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 40%
Nikka

A rather stylish gift pack from Nikka, featuring a bottle of its Nikka Days blended whisky, alongside two glasses, perfect for Highballs and the like. Nikka Days brings together whisky from the…  More info

Nikka Days Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
$51.98

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
17
$41.62

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
$113.27
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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)
$338.23

The Kurayoshi 8 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Kurayoshi

8 year old blended malt whisky from The Kurayoshi range, produced by Matsui Shuzou in the Tottori Prefecture. These whiskies are made with a blend of Scotch and Japanese malt whiskies, brought down…  More info

The Kurayoshi 8 Year Old
$93.61

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
$67.60

The Yamazaki Mizunara 18 Year Old (2017 Edition)

70cl, 48%
Yamazaki

An extraordinarily exciting release from Yamazaki, which shows off the glory of mizunara wood maturation. This is an 18 year old single malt from the Japanese whisky distillery that has been fully…  More info

The Yamazaki Mizunara 18 Year Old (2017 Edition)
5
$10,401.88

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