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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
Yoichi 20 Year Old
(70cl, 52%)
An outstanding single malt from the Yoichi distillery, highly rated by whisky critics - Jim Murray awarded it 95 points. Incredibly mature, even for a 20 year old dram. Delicious!  More info
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$304.32
Miyagikyo 12 Year Old
(70cl, 45%)
That same purity and balanced as in the Miyagikyou 10 year old, only the 12 offers more body and a stronger sherry character. Very good stuff!  More info
$121.64
Miyagikyo 10 Year Old
(70cl, 45%)
A beautiful 10 year old from the Miyagikyou distillery (more recent bottles spell the name "Miyagikyo"). This offers a wonderful purity, floral, fruity, silken smooth. A beautiful balanced dram.  More info
$88.99
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
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$64.39
While most distilleries use their Coffey stills only to make grain whisky, Nikka use the two Coffey stills at their Miyagikyo distillery to create malt whisky too. The Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky was...  More info
$73.26
The 25 year old edition of Nikka's Taketsuru blended malt whisky is a very rare sight - it was first released in 2012, and only 120 bottles were made available in Europe. The Taketsuru expression was...  More info
$1037.65
Nikka Blended Whisky
(70cl, 40%)
From the Japanese distillers Nikka comes their blended whisky, the Nikka Blended Whisky. Yep, that's it. A simple name, a minimalist bottle, a refined label - the focus here is on the expertly-made...  More info
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$45.86
Togouchi 18 Year Old
(70cl, 43%)
An 18 year old blended whisky from Japanese producer, Chugoku Jozo. Bottled for the Togouchi range, which are aged in tunnels rather than a warehouse, this is on the higher end of the age scale for...  More info
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$131.91
A very well known and well loved Japanese single malt, the Yoichi 10 Year Old is a total classic. Plenty of fruit, plenty of vanilla and a deft touch of peat smoke running through it - marvellous...  More info
$118.70
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 to...  More info
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$59.38
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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$267.66
Yamazaki 25 Year Old
(70cl, 43%)
Strictly 1 Per Customer

Yamazaki's astonishing 25 year old, aged in the finest Sherry casks for the entire maturation period to produce a fragrant, sherried, fruity, oaky masterpiece. Yummers...  More info
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$1710.48
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
$163.62
Whisky from the closed distillery of Karuizawa in Japan is fairly in demand these days. !****Understatement Klaxon***! With that in mind, the idea behind the Spirit of Asama releases is quite simple...  More info
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$91.24
Hakushu Bourbon Barrel
(70cl, 48.20%)
The much anticipated Hakushu Bourbon Barrel sees the gently peated Japanese whisky aged entirely in first fill bourbon barrels. This has resulted in a great deal of creamy sweetness - absolutely...  More info
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$148.36
Ths Spirit of Asama is an incredible, legendary whisky from Japan's Karuizawa distillery. It is a vatting of 77 different sherry casks which were laid down in 1999 and 2000. The sherry character in...  More info
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$80.92
Nikka Pure Malt Red
(50cl, 43%)
Pure Malt Red is a Japanese blended malt in a charming looking bottle! This is made up of malt whisky from the Nikka distilleries Yoichi and Miyagikyo. The result is a fruit, creamy, buttery, and...  More info
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$52.11
Yoichi 15 Year Old
(70cl, 45%)
A delicious single malt from the Yoichi distillery, founded by Masataka Taketsuru in 1934. Taketsuru deemed the terroir to be perfect for whisky production, as this 15 year old will testify.  More info
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$145.11
The Yamazaki distillery matured the whisky for this release in Puncheon casks, which much, much larger than your regular hogshead cask. A hoggie will hold 230 litres, whereas the mighty Puncheon holds...  More info
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$163.62
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
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$14874.33
2013 marks the 90th anniversary of the Yamazaki distillery, which opened in 1923. What better way to celebrate than with another year of their very popular Cask Collection? This is the 2013 release of...  More info
$446.23
The 12 year old variant of Nikka's incredible range of blended malts, named after the company's founder, Masataka Taketsuru. Very good indeed.  More info
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Miyagikyo 15 Year Old
(70cl, 45%)
As you work your way along the Miyagikyo range, you witness the beautiful fruity, floral balance become fuller, and more complex. Jim Murray awarded this a whopping 92 points! It's an incredible...  More info
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$146.30
We've said it before - many times in fact - Nikka's Whisky from the Barrel is staggeringly good stuff, with just the right balance of toffee sweetness and rich malty flavour and a tinge of smoke for...  More info
$71.03
Fans of Japanese whisky, you may want to be sitting down for this one - what we have here is a rare bottling of 1972 vintage Karuizawa single malt, bottled by Number One Drinks Company. After the...  More info
$2809.48
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