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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
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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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
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
Created in celebration of Nikka's 80th anniversary in 2014 (Nikka was established in 1934), they produced this limited edition 21 year old Nikka Taketsuru blended malt which has been finished in casks...  More info
An incredible single cask Yoichi single malt whisky, aged for 23 years in cask #129459. It was distilled in February 1991 and bottled in July 2014 at 62% ABV. An excellent release from the renowned...  More info
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
A single cask release of Nikka Coffey Malt, which is just what it sounds like - malt whisky distilled using a Coffey still. It's not technically a single malt because it wasn't made using a pot still...  More info
A limited edition bottling of Nikka's Taketsuru 21 Year Old blended malt whisky, which has been bottled without chill-filtration, to capture every subtlety of the aroma and flavour. The blend was...  More info
A single cask release of single malt whisky from the Miyagikyo distillery in Japan, distilled in June 1996 and bottled in July 2014. Miyagikyo was the second distillery opened by Nikka back in 1969 -...  More info
A single cask bottling of Nikka Coffey Grain whisky, distilled using their Coffey stills in December 1999 and left to mature in cask #209699 until July 2014. It has been bottled at an impressive cask...  More info
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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An older-style bottling of the magnificent Yoichi 20 Year Old single malt whisky, a very well loved Japanese whisky. One of the many delicious expressions from the Nikka Whisky collections. An ace...  More info
User Rating:  (1 Review)
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
User Rating:  (3 Reviews)
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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It is amazing that this 1970s bottling of Suntory Royal has been so well looked after over the past 40 years. It looks brand new! It's not, it's rather old, but even the presentation box is in...  More info
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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In 2012 Yamazaki decided to release de-construct their Japanese Single Malt Whisky so you can appreciate the various types of casks used to make their award-winning malt. This bottle is the Bourbon...  More info
After releasing a number of single cask Coffey distilled grain whiskies, this is Nikka's larger release of their Japanese single grain whisky. It is mostly made of corn and distilled in the continuous...  More info
This 2013 release of Yamazaki no-age statement single malt Japanese whisky which has been matured solely in sherry casks, released as part of their annual Cask Collection range. The whisky from...  More info
A fantastic gift pack containing a tasting glass alongside the excellent Hibiki 12 Year Old blended Japanese whisky, which already comes in the most handsome decanter bottle.  More info
Made to celebrate their 60th anniversary as a company, Suntory Royal whisky is a rare sight these days. This particular antique bottling was produced in Japan during the 1970s.  More info
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Suntory have been producing fantastic Japanese whisky since the 1920s, although the company was founded before that. In celebration of their 60th anniversary, they created the Suntory Royal blended...  More info
Know someone who loves Japanese whisky and loves to share? Well this might be the perfect gift set for them, as it comes with a 70cl bottle of fantastic Yoichi 10 Year Old Single Malt whisky from...  More info
Yamazaki 10 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
A 10 year old single malt from the Yamazaki distillery, aged in bourbon barrels. A lovely fruity dram, quite floral.  More info
User Rating:  (16 Reviews)
Hakushu 12 Year Old 43.5%
(70cl, 43.50%)
A 12 year old single malty from Suntory. The Hakushu distillery sits in the forests not far from the Japanese Alps.  More info
User Rating:  (9 Reviews)
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