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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.

Yamazaki Puncheon 2011

70cl, 48%
Yamazaki

A more recent addition to the Yamazaki line, Puncheon is bottled at the higher strength of 48%, and it was matured in a large 480 litre puncheon cask, which affords the whisky a slower maturation…  More info

Yamazaki Puncheon 2011

Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel 2011 (48%)

70cl, 48%
Yamazaki

This is a rare bottling of Yamazaki single malt whisky aged in bourbon barrels and released as part of their Cask Collection series (which also includes whisky matured in Sherry casks, puncheons and…  More info

Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel 2011 (48%)

Yamazaki Puncheon 2013

70cl, 48%
Yamazaki

The Yamazaki distillery matured the whisky for this release in Puncheon casks, which are much, much larger than your regular hogshead cask. A Hoggie will hold 230 litres, whereas the mighty Puncheon…  More info

Yamazaki Puncheon 2013
1

Suntory Royal Japanese Whisky - 1980s (Boxed)

Suntory

It is amazing that this 1980s 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

Suntory Royal Japanese Whisky - 1980s (Boxed)
$311.19

Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel 2011 (48.2%)

70cl, 48.2%
Yamazaki

A delicious Yamazaki released in 2011. This was aged entirely in first fill bourbon barrels, and it's a limited edition of just 1,000 bottles for the UK market. Very tasty!  More info

Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel 2011 (48.2%)

Hibiki 17 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Suntory

This Japanese blend was awarded an "Editor's Choice" from Whisky Magazine. Hibiki 17 year old is a superb whisky from Suntory.  More info

Hibiki 17 Year Old
30
$114.04

Yamazaki 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Yamazaki

This 12 year old from Yamazaki first came onto the market in 1984 and was the first seriously marketed Japanese single malt whisky.  More info

Yamazaki 12 Year Old
80
$93.16

Nikka Whisky From The Barrel - 3 Litre

300cl, 51.4%
Nikka

Want to know how to elicit gasps and exclamations of "Wow!" from a room full of whisky lovers? Bring out a 3 litre bottle of Nikka Whisky From The Barrel. That's right, 3 litres of this incredible,…  More info

Nikka Whisky From The Barrel - 3 Litre
2
$300.82

Hanyu 2000 (cask 921) (bottled 2014)

70cl, 57.6%
Hanyu

A rare bottling of legendary Hanyu single malt from the final vintage! This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed info and/or photos just get in touch!  More info

Hanyu 2000 (cask 921) (bottled 2014)
$1,103.55

Yamazaki Mizunara 2012

70cl, 48%
Yamazaki

Mizunara is a type of oak tree found in Japan and Yamazaki mature a portion of their Japanese Single Malt Whisky in Mizunara and blend this whisky into their various bottlings. The Yamazaki Mizunara…  More info

Yamazaki Mizunara 2012
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Ichiro's Malt Chichibu 2010 Chibidaru (bottled 2014)

70cl, 53.5%
Chichibu

A sought-after bottle of Chichibu single malt whisky matured in quarter casks, which are much smaller than your standard cask. Interestingly, the name "Chibidaru" means "cute casks" in Japanese! This…  More info

Ichiro's Malt Chichibu 2010 Chibidaru (bottled 2014)
$388.93

The Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky - Distiller’s Reserve

70cl, 43%
Yamazaki

Released in Spring 2014, this is one of two Distiller's Reserve single malt whiskies from Suntory in Japan. This single malt from the Yamazaki distillery is jam-packed with superb red berry notes,…  More info

The Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky - Distiller’s Reserve
31
$50.77

Karuizawa Spirit of Asama 55%

70cl, 55%
Karuizawa

Whisky from the closed distillery of Karuizawa in Japan is fairly in demand these days. !****Understatement Klaxon***!. This single malt has been created from 77 casks filled during the final two…  More info

Karuizawa Spirit of Asama 55%
3
$617.18

Suntory 1981 Kioke Shikomi

75cl, 43%
Hakushu

A rare 75cl bottle labelled as 'pure malt' thought to be from Hakushu. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and photographs of this item are available,…  More info

Suntory 1981 Kioke Shikomi

Yamazaki 18 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Yamazaki

An award winning Japanese single malt, Yamazaki's legendary 18 year old earned a Gold at the 2007 International Spirits Challenge and a Double Gold at the 2005 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.  More info

Yamazaki 18 Year Old
60
$207.40

Hakushu 18 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Hakushu

A fantastic 18 year old Japanese whisky from the Hakushu distillery, a malty, fruity whisky of real quality.  More info

Hakushu 18 Year Old
5
$202.22

Miyagikyo Non Age

50cl, 43%
Miyagikyo

A no age statement single malt whisky from the Miyagikyo distillery in the Miyagi Prefecture. Characteristic of their expressions, this Miyagikyo single malt features plenty of interplay between…  More info

Miyagikyo Non Age
2
$48.18

Karuizawa 2000 Sea Dragon Cask (cask 166) (bottled 2013)

70cl, 64.3%
Karuizawa

A rare Japanese single malt from the closed distillery of Karuizawa. Matured in a single Sherry butt from 2000 to 2013, it was originally bottled in Japan exclusively for La Maison du Whisky. This…  More info

Karuizawa 2000 Sea Dragon Cask (cask 166) (bottled 2013)
$2,071.65

Karuizawa 1984 Cask 4021 - Koi

70cl, 64.5%
Karuizawa

This is a truly staggering sherry-matured Japanese single cask from perhaps the country's most legendary distillery - Karuizawa. It was distilled in 1984 and aged in a first-fill sherry cask before…  More info

Karuizawa 1984 Cask 4021 - Koi
$4,093.29

Ichiro's Malt Chichibu 2009 Port Pipe (bottled 2013)

70cl, 54.5%
Chichibu

A rare Port pipe matured Chichibu bottled in 2013. A fruity bottling from a Japanese distillery that always shows well at relatively young ages. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Ichiro's Malt Chichibu 2009 Port Pipe (bottled 2013)
$412.64

Suntory Kakubin Whisky - 1980s

70cl, 40%
Suntory

Suntory Kakubin is an ancient blended whisky from Japan, bottled in the 1980s. Very hard to find this stuff anymore!  More info

Suntory Kakubin Whisky - 1980s
1
$248.95

Hibiki 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Suntory

An exquisite 12 year old blended Japanese whisky. Hibiki includes malt whisky from Yamazaki and Hakushu, as well as grain whisky from Chita. The whisky is partly matured in plum liqueur barrels.  More info

Hibiki 12 Year Old
40
$58.91

Suntory Excellence

75cl, 43%
Suntory

An old bottling of rare Suntory blended whisky from Japan complete with presentation box!  More info

Suntory Excellence
$280.02

Togouchi 18 Year Old (43%)

70cl, 43%
Chugoku Jozo

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

Togouchi 18 Year Old (43%)
2
$119.23

Hibiki 12 Year Old 50cl

50cl, 43%
Suntory

A 50cl bottling of Suntory's excellent Hibiki 12 Year Old blended Japanese whisky, including malts from Yamazaki and Hakushu distilleries.  More info

Hibiki 12 Year Old 50cl
2
$43.39

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