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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.

Mars Komagatake Single Malt (2018 Edition)

70cl, 48%
Shinshu

A limited edition single malt from Mars Shinshu. This 2018 expression is made up of both peated and unpeated whiskies, aged in American oak bourbon barrels. The gentle Japanese whisky was bottled…  More info

Mars Komagatake Single Malt (2018 Edition)

Yamazaki 1995 (bottled 2010) - The Owner's Cask

70cl, 54.9%
Yamazaki

A distillery bottling of a very special Japanese single malt whisky produced by Suntory at Yamazaki Distillery in 1995. It was matured for 15 years in a sherry cask and bottled at a cask strength…  More info

Yamazaki 1995 (bottled 2010) -  The Owner's Cask

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 Koshi-No Shinobu Blended Whisky

70cl, 43%
Shinobu

Here we have a blended whisky, Shinobu, which translates as "perseverance" or "patience" in Japanese. A marriage of 50% malt and 50% grain whisky, it's first matured in sherry and bourbon casks…  More info

The Koshi-No Shinobu Blended Whisky
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Mars Komagatake Shinanotanpopo - Nature of Shinshu

70cl, 52%
Shinshu

The third release in the Nature of Shinshu range from Mars Shinshu is the Shinanotanpopo single malt Japanese whisky, which was made by combining a well-aged whisky from their warehouses with a much…  More info

Mars Komagatake Shinanotanpopo - Nature of Shinshu
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The Shinobu 10 Year Old Pure Malt

70cl, 43%
Shinobu

Here we have a 10 year old blended malt from the Shinobu range! This one spent most of its days in bourbon and sherry casks before it was transferred to Japanese Mizanura oak for a finish, imparting…  More info

The Shinobu 10 Year Old Pure Malt
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The Koshi-No Shinobu Pure Malt

70cl, 43%
Shinobu

A blended malt from the Shinobu range, Koshi-No is initially matured in a duo of bourbon and sherry casks. It's then transferred to Japanese Mizanura oak for a finishing period before bottling at 43%…  More info

The Koshi-No Shinobu Pure Malt

963 Malt & Grain (58%)

70cl, 58%
Yamazakura

963 Malt & Grain is, shock, a blend of malt and grain whiskies! It's produced by Sasanokawa Shuzo, which is also responsible for Yamazakura whiskies. This particular expression has been bottled at…  More info

963 Malt & Grain (58%)

Karuizawa Raku-Yaki 1999-2000

140cl, 60.9%
Karuizawa

Raku is a type of Japanese pottery used in Japanese tea ceremonies, and the pattern is made by taking the bottle out of the hot kiln and allowing it to air-cool. The legendary and now-closed…  More info

Karuizawa Raku-Yaki 1999-2000

Yoichi Apple Brandy Cask Finish

70cl, 47%
Nikka

One of two whiskies released by Nikka in 2020 celebrating the 100th wedding anniversary of its founder Masataka Taketsuru and Rita Cowan. This expression is a Yoichi single malt which has been…  More info

Yoichi Apple Brandy Cask Finish
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Miyagikyo Apple Brandy Cask Finish

70cl, 47%
Nikka

Nikka released a pair of whiskies in 2020 to celebrate the 100th wedding anniversary of the company's founder Masataka Taketsuru and Rita Cowan. This right here is one of them - a Miyagikyo single…  More info

Miyagikyo Apple Brandy Cask Finish

Togouchi 9 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Chugoku Jozo

A 9 year old blended whisky from Chugoku Jozo's interesting Togouchi range. The producers create their expressions with whisky from both Scotland and Canada, and age it in a railway tunnel in Japan…  More info

Togouchi 9 Year Old
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Nikka Taketsuru 21 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Nikka

Taketsuru 21 is an iconic Japanese whisky, having been crowned World's Best Blended Malt at the World Whiskies Awards on multiple occasions, much like the brilliant 17 year old. This offers just a…  More info

Nikka Taketsuru 21 Year Old
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Azabu Pure Malt

70cl, 40%
Azabu

Azabu Pure Malt comes to us all the way from Japan, featuring peated malt aged in bourbon barrels blended with malt whiskies from Scotland, and finished in sherry casks. It packs a light, fragrant…  More info

Azabu Pure Malt

Akashi 6 Year Old (cask 61695) - Red Wine Cask

50cl, 50%
White Oak

From Japan's White Oak distillery comes this 6 year old Akashi single malt. The whisky was initially aged for 5 years in Cognac casks, before being transferred to a first-fill red wine barrel for a…  More info

Akashi 6 Year Old (cask 61695) - Red Wine Cask

Kirin Fuji-Sanroku Signature Blend

70cl, 50%
Kirin

A Japanese blended whisky rarely seen around these parts of the globe, this is the Signature Blend from Kirin Fuji-Sanroku. Kirin is one of the biggest producers of drinks in Japan, with its Fuji…  More info

Kirin Fuji-Sanroku Signature Blend
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Hibiki 17 Year Old - Kacho Fugetsu

70cl, 43%
Hibiki

A wonderful rare blend from the ever-awesome Hikibi, Kacho Fugestu was sadly discontinued in 2018. This impressive bottle is designed to reflect the beauty of Japanese nature, and in classic Hibiki…  More info

Hibiki 17 Year Old - Kacho Fugetsu
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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%
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963 8 Year Old Blended Malt (57%)

70cl, 57%
Yamazakura

An 8 year old blended malt whisky, released as part of the 963 series of expressions. These whiskies are created by Sasanokawa Shuzo, the company also responsible for making the Yamazakura…  More info

963 8 Year Old Blended Malt (57%)

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

963 Malt & Grain Black Label

70cl, 46%
Yamazakura

A blended whisky from Japan's Sasanokawa Shuzo and its 963 whisky selection. This one features a hearty helping of peat smoke at its core (in contract to the unpeated Red Label expression), so if…  More info

963 Malt & Grain Black Label

Hanyu 2000 (cask 63) - Tay Bak Chiang

70cl, 58.8%
Hanyu

An awesome Japanese single malt from the now-closed Hanyu Distillery! This whisky was distilled they very same year that the distillery closed its doors in 2000. It was matured in a single hogshead…  More info

Hanyu 2000 (cask 63) - Tay Bak Chiang

Karuizawa 35 Year Old 1981 (cask 6412) - Fazzino

70cl, 57.7%
Karuizawa

A stunning bottling of incredibly rare Japanese single malt whisky from the Karuizawa Distillery. The whisky was aged in a single sherry butt for 35 years, before being bottled with an outturn of 505…  More info

Karuizawa 35 Year Old 1981 (cask 6412) - Fazzino

White Oak Akashi Meïsei

50cl, 40%
White Oak

A blended Japanese whisky from White Oak, said to be made with 45% American oak matured single malt. We also understand that Meïsei translates roughly as 'celebrity' in Japanese.  More info

White Oak Akashi Meïsei
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Ichiro's Malt Chichibu London Edition 2019

70cl, 48.5%
Ichiro

Released at The Whisky Show 2019, The London Edition of Ichiro's Malt Chichibu is a wonderful Japanese single malt whisky offering up intriguing notes of fresh fruit, vanilla-rich oak and whispers of…  More info

Ichiro's Malt Chichibu London Edition 2019

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