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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.

Togouchi 18 Year Old (43.8%)

70cl, 43.8%
Chugoku Jozo

Chugoku Jozo's 18 year old whisky blended in Japan from Scottish malt and Canadian grain. Part of the Togouchi range, it's aged in a railway tunnel rather than a warehouse! This is the 43.8% abv…  More info

Togouchi 18 Year Old (43.8%)
$126.30
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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
$130.21
$108.23

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
$63.37
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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
$51.65
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Suntory Old Whisky Gift Set - 1970s

152cl, 43%
Suntory

Two antique bottles of Suntory Old Whisky within one antique gift set! A great piece for Japanese whisky collectors - we believe it was produced in the 1970s. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Suntory Old Whisky Gift Set - 1970s
$988.91

963 Malt & Grain Red Label

70cl, 46%
Yamazakura

From the 963 whisky range made by Japan's Sasanokawa Shuzo comes the 963 Malt & Grain Red Label. Unlike the smoke-driven Black Label expression, Red Label is an unpeated expression, which shows off…  More info

963 Malt & Grain Red Label
$42.00

Hanyu 2000 (bottled 2016) (cask 362)

70cl, 56.1%
Hanyu

A collectible bottling of Japanese single malt from the Hanyu distillery, which was distilled back in 2000 and allowed to mature in a single cask until 2016. 2000 was the last year in which Hanyu…  More info

Hanyu 2000 (bottled 2016) (cask 362)
$2,192.09

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
107
$98.84
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Mars Komagatake Kohiganzakura - Nature of Shinshu

70cl, 52%
Mars

The second bottling from the Nature of Shinshu series produced by the eponymous Japanese distillery. The Kohiganzakura honours the cherry blossom prevalent in Japan (and around the distillery itself,…  More info

Mars Komagatake Kohiganzakura - Nature of Shinshu
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$137.35
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Hibiki 17 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Hibiki

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
35
$192.23
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Hakushu 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Hakushu

This whisky hails from the Japanese distillery of Hakushu set in a forest and was once twice the size with an east and west distillery on the site.  More info

Hakushu 12 Year Old
30
$109.82
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Ichiro's Malt Chichibu IPA Cask Finished 2017

70cl, 57.5%
Ichiro

A rare release of single malt from the Ichiro's Malt series, featuring Chichibu single malt whisky finished in casks that previously held IPA beer. Very collectible and likely delicious. This…  More info

Ichiro's Malt Chichibu IPA Cask Finished 2017

Nikka Taketsuru 25 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Nikka

The 25 year old edition of Nikka's Taketsuru blended malt whisky is a very rare sight. The Taketsuru expression was named in honour of the company's founder, Masataka Taketsuru, made with malt…  More info

Nikka Taketsuru 25 Year Old
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Nikka Taketsuru 17 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Nikka

This is a great 17 year old blended malt named for Nikka's founder, the whisky-pilgrim Masataka Taketsuru.  More info

Nikka Taketsuru 17 Year Old
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The Kurayoshi Tottori Bourbon Barrel

50cl, 43%
Kurayoshi

A blended whisky from The Kurayoshi range, made with malt and grain whiskies from Scotland and Japan. This expression is aged in bourbon barrels, helping to develop hefty helpings of intense vanilla…  More info

The Kurayoshi Tottori Bourbon Barrel
$42.81

Hakushu 10 Year Old

70cl, 40.5%
Hakushu

A beautiful 10 year old single malt from Suntory's Hakushu distillery, known for its lightly peaty, fruity flavour. Beautiful on the rocks, or in a cracking Mizuwari. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Hakushu 10 Year Old
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Nikka Whisky From The Barrel Gift Pack

50cl, 51.4%
Nikka

A wonderful Japanese whisky gift set from Nikka. This pack includes the classic "Whisky From The Barrel", as well as two branded glasses and a speed pourer. Brilliant!  More info

Nikka Whisky From The Barrel Gift Pack
2
$65.87
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Hibiki 30 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Hibiki

An absolutely stunning release from Hibiki. This was awarded the Trophy at the International Spirits Challenge in 2004, 2006 and 2008. It was also awarded the coveted title "World's Best Blended…  More info

Hibiki 30 Year Old
5
$1,973.37
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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
75
$274.64
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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
$264.28
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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
6
$302.11
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963 Malt & Grain (59%)

70cl, 59%
Yamazakura

An interesting blended whisky from Japanese producer, Sasanokawa Shuzo (whom are also the chaps behind the Yamazakura whiskies). As noted on the label, Sasanokawa Shuzo got into the whisky game back…  More info

963 Malt & Grain (59%)
1
$51.46
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Kura The Whisky

70cl, 40%
Helios

The Helios distillery in Okinawa Japan may be more well-known for producing rums and awamori (a type of rice-based drink only produced in Okinawa), but they been known to dip their toe in the world…  More info

Kura The Whisky
2
$101.69
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Mars Komagatake 2014 (bottled 2017) (cask 1782)

70cl, 61.8%
Mars

From the little-known Shinshu distillery comes a single cask Japanese whisky bottled for La Maison du Whisky (following on from the 2012 vintage released by La Maison du Whisky in celebration of…  More info

Mars Komagatake 2014 (bottled 2017) (cask 1782)
$186.84
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Karuizawa 1984 (bottled 2013) (cask 3663)

70cl, 56.8%
Karuizawa

Precious, precious Karuizawa... This is a 1984 vintage Japanese single malt from the legendary closed distillery, aged in a single Sherry cask until it was bottled in 2013 at cask strength. A great…  More info

Karuizawa 1984 (bottled 2013) (cask 3663)

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