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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 Japan whisky 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 is a relatively new addition to the world of whisky, but it has quickly become a favourite among connoisseurs. Japanese whisky is known for its smooth, delicate flavour and its similarity to Scotch whisky.

While Japanese whisky is not as widely available as other types of whisky, it is becoming more popular all over the world. If you're looking to try something new, Japanese whisky is a great option.

Japanese whisky is made in a variety of locations across the country, each with its own climate and water source. This gives Japanese whisky its unique flavour profile.

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

White Oak Akashi 5 Year Old Red Wine Cask (cask 61891)

50cl, 50%
White Oak

This right here is a single malt from White Oak in Japan which has been aged in a red wine cask for five years. This maturation has helped to impart a whole heap of rich red berry notes to the…  More info

White Oak Akashi 5 Year Old Red Wine Cask (cask 61891)

White Oak Akashi 5 Year Old White Wine Cask

50cl, 50%
White Oak

Single malt whisky here from the White Oak Akashi range, matured for five years in a white wine cask. It's usually red wine casks that you see whisky matured in, but right here we're looking at one…  More info

White Oak Akashi 5 Year Old White Wine Cask

Hakushu 25 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Hakushu

A very rare and truly fabulous peated Japanese whisky from Hakushu. This 25 year old single malt has picked up oodles of awards over the years, including the much sought-after World's Best Single…  More info

Hakushu 25 Year Old
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Ichiro's Malt & Grain

70cl, 46%
Ichiro

A lovely blended whisky from Japan, created by Ichiro Akuto, the Japanese whisky extraordinaire. This particular gem is made with both malt and grain whisky from Japan as well as (possibly) some…  More info

Ichiro's Malt & Grain
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Kamiki

50cl, 48%
Kamiki

Kamiki is a unique blended malt whisky made using Japanese malts whiskies combined with specially selected malt whiskies from around the world. After blending, the whisky is finished in casks made…  More info

Kamiki
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$59.21

Mars Komagatake Single Malt (2020 Edition)

70cl, 50%
Shinshu

Rejoice, because we've got another edition of Mars Shinshu's annual single malt release! This is the 2020 Edition, distilled at Japan's Shinshu distillery and drawn from a combination of sherry and…  More info

Mars Komagatake Single Malt (2020 Edition)

Fujimi The 7 Virtues of the Samurai

70cl, 40%
Fujimi

Here we have a blended whisky with a decidedly Japanese look about it, because that is where it is from! The name and number displayed reference the seven virtues that young warriors must follow on…  More info

Fujimi The 7 Virtues of the Samurai

White Oak Akashi 5 Year Old Sherry Cask

50cl, 50%
White Oak

This expression from White Oak was aged for five years in sherry casks, and it's brimming with sweet, unctuous character that makes it a glorious sipper neat, it would also make a delightful Highball…  More info

White Oak Akashi 5 Year Old Sherry Cask

Golden Horse Bushu

70cl, 43%
Golden Horse

A blended whisky from the Golden Horse range, owned by Japanese company, Toashuzo. The Golden Horse brand previously had age statements on their labels, though since relaunching in 2016 (following a…  More info

Golden Horse Bushu
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The Shinobu 15 Year Old Pure Malt

70cl, 43%
Shinobu

Another top blended malt from Shinobu, this 15 year old expression is wonderfully honeyed, spicy and mouth-filling. Its flavour profile is thanks to an initial maturation in bourbon and sherry casks,…  More info

The Shinobu 15 Year Old Pure Malt
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Mars Tsunuki The First

70cl, 59%
Tsunuki

Like the name suggests, Mars Tsunuki The First is the first single malt whisky from the Mars' Tsunuki Distillery! Previously, Mars has been ageing some single malt from its Shinshu Distillery at…  More info

Mars Tsunuki The First

Suntory Toki Gift Pack with Glass

70cl, 43%
Suntory

A snazzy Suntory gift pack here, featuring a full bottle of the tasty Toki blended Japanese whisky, alongside a branded glass which would be just perfect for Highballs. Which is great, considering…  More info

Suntory Toki Gift Pack with Glass
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Mars Komagatake Single Malt (2019 Edition)

70cl, 48%
Shinshu

It's the 2019 edition of the wonderful annual limited edition single malt from Mars Shinshu! The no age statement whisky was drawn from American oak bourbon barrels, just like its 2018 predecessor,…  More info

Mars Komagatake Single Malt (2019 Edition)

Karuizawa 19 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 50.1%
Karuizawa

That Boutique-y Whisky Company has got its hands on another parcel of precious, precious Karuizawa single malt! After closing in 2000, whisky from this distillery has become rare as hen's teeth, and…  More info

Karuizawa 19 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Okayama Single Malt

70cl, 40%
Miyashita

A single malt Japanese whisky from the Miyashita Distillery, in the Okayama Prefecture in the south of Japan. Miyashita produced the whisky in celebration of their 100th anniversary (they have long…  More info

Okayama Single Malt
$128.77

Nikka Pure Malt Black

50cl, 43%
Nikka

Jim Murray scored different batches of Pure Malt Black with 92 and 95 points respectively. This is a great dram, a blended malt made up of whisky from Nikka's Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries. Full…  More info

Nikka Pure Malt Black
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$42.93

Akashi 6 Year Old (cask 61694) - White Wine Cask

50cl, 50%
Akashi

For this limited vintage 6 year old Akashi single malt from White Oak distillery, the whisky was aged in Cognac casks before transferring them to a single first-fill white wine cask for a finishing…  More info

Akashi 6 Year Old (cask 61694) - White Wine Cask

White Oak Akashi Single Malt 5 Year Old

50cl, 50%
White Oak

This is a 5 year old single malt from little-known White Oak, based in Hyogo (just west of Kobe). It was aged in a Sherry cask for those 5 years, resulting in generous helpings of lip-smacking…  More info

White Oak Akashi Single Malt 5 Year Old
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The Matsui Sakura Single Cask (cask 326)

70cl, 48%
Kurayoshi

A single cask bottling of The Matsui single malt Japanese whisky, which matured in a cask made from cherry wood - and just the one cask, mind! An intriguing expression from the little-known Kurayoshi…  More info

The Matsui Sakura Single Cask (cask 326)
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Karuizawa 28 Year Old 1983 (cask 7576) - Noh Whisky

70cl, 57.2%
Karuizawa

From the legendary and sadly silent Karuizawa Distillery comes this awesome 28 Year Old! Distilled over in Japan in 1983, it was matured in a single sherry butt, before it was finally bottled almost…  More info

Karuizawa 28 Year Old 1983 (cask 7576) - Noh Whisky
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The Matsui The Peated

70cl, 48%
Kurayoshi

A peated whisky from the Kurayoshi Distillery, released as part of The Matsui series and dubbed The Peated! It's pot distilled and then matured in white oak bourbon casks, before bottling at 48% ABV.…  More info

The Matsui The Peated

Mars Komagatake Tsunuki Aging (Bottled 2019)

70cl, 56%
Shinshu

This right here is a Japanese single malt from the Shinshu Distillery, but the twist here is that it was matured at a different Mars distillery - the Tsunuki Distillery, which opened in 2016. Could…  More info

Mars Komagatake Tsunuki Aging (Bottled 2019)

The Kurayoshi Tottori 50cl

50cl, 43%
Kurayoshi

The Tottori range from Japan's Kurayoshi is a series of blended whisky made with Scottish and Japanese malts and grains. This is the flagship expression from the range, which the producers recommend…  More info

The Kurayoshi Tottori 50cl
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White Oak Akashi 5 Year Old Red Wine Cask

50cl, 50%
White Oak

This is a 5 year old Japanese single malt from the White Oak distillery - not one of Japan's most well-known whisky producers outside of the country, but an excellent one nevertheless. This…  More info

White Oak Akashi 5 Year Old Red Wine Cask

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