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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.

Yamazaki 1999 (bottled 2012)

70cl, 58%
Yamazaki

A Yamazaki single malt distilled in 1999 and aged in a single puncheon cask before it was bottled in 2012 for the Tokyo International BarShow 2012 at 58% ABV, presented with its original box.  More info

Yamazaki 1999 (bottled 2012)

White Oak Akashi Single Malt 10 Year Old

50cl, 60%
White Oak

From the lesser-known White Oak distillery based in Hyogo comes this 10 Year Old whisky! The single malt spent its decade of ageing in a sherry butt, so it's a lovely jammy fruit affair, all bottled…  More info

White Oak Akashi Single Malt 10 Year Old

Kirin Fuji-Sanroku

70cl, 50%
Kirin

Blended Japanese whisky from Kirin's Fuji Gotemba distillery, which is situated in the foothills of Mt. Fuji. In fact, the label even calls this whisky "A gift from Mt. Fuji", making it a much better…  More info

Kirin Fuji-Sanroku
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Sanmi-Ittai Single Cask Batch No. 9585

70cl, 57.6%
Sanmi-Ittai

The Hanyu Distillery opened in 1941 but sadly closed its doors in 2000, meaning that casks from the Japanese distillery remain are a rarity. One of the few remaining casks has been used as a base for…  More info

Sanmi-Ittai Single Cask Batch No. 9585

Hibiki 21 Year Old - Kacho Fugetsu

70cl, 43%
Hibiki

An appropriately beautiful bottling of Hibiki 21 Year Old blended whisky. This release was designed to celebrate and show off the the glory of Japanese nature, which is fairly clear from the label.  More info

Hibiki 21 Year Old - Kacho Fugetsu

Chichibu 2012 (bottled 2019) (cask 2074)

70cl, 62%
Chichibu

From the Japanese Chichibu Distillery comes this 2012 vintage single malt. It was initially aged in a cask which previously held Hanyu whisky, before it was transferred to a hogshead which previously…  More info

Chichibu 2012 (bottled 2019) (cask 2074)

Karuizawa 17 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Karuizawa

Fans of Japanese whisky looking at this product will likely be shaking with excitement. That's because this is a super rare 17 year old bottled for Japan and not intended for the UK market. But we've…  More info

Karuizawa 17 Year Old
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Yoichi Limited Edition 2019

70cl, 48%
Yoichi

One of two limited edition single malts released by Nikka to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Miyagikyo Distillery. This one comes from the Yoichi Distillery, which produces a style of whisky…  More info

Yoichi Limited Edition 2019

Karuizawa 35 Year Old - Cities Of Japan (Tokyo)

70cl, 56.5%
Karuizawa

Sound the Karuizawa klaxon! This right here is a rare bottling of Japanese single malt from the closed Karuizara Distillery, drawn from a single sherry cask which was laid down in October 1981. 35…  More info

Karuizawa 35 Year Old - Cities Of Japan (Tokyo)

Mars Komagatake 3 Year Old 2011

70cl, 57%
Shinshu

From Mars Shinshu, Japan’s highest whisky distillery, comes this young cask strength single malt, Komagatake 3 Year Old. The distillery was mothballed from 1992 to 2007, and this was distilled in its…  More info

Mars Komagatake 3 Year Old 2011

Hibiki 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Hibiki

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
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Yoichi 10 Year Old

70cl, 45%
Yoichi

A very well made single malt from Japan, Yoichi is the jewel in Nikka's crown, their 10 year old offering notes of vanilla and fruit. One batch of this received 93 points in the Jim Murray Whisky…  More info

Yoichi 10 Year Old
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Sanmi-Ittai Single Cask Batch No. 9586

70cl, 57.6%
Sanmi-Ittai

Sanmi-Ittai, meaning Trinitas in Latin, which means Trinity in English, is a tribute to the three founders of the Hanyu Distillery which was built in 1941, though sadly was forced to close in 2000.…  More info

Sanmi-Ittai Single Cask Batch No. 9586

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 - if you'd like more detailed info and/or photos just get in touch!  More info

Suntory 1981 Kioke Shikomi

Hanyu 22 Year Old 1986 (Cask 2812) - Part des Anges

70cl, 58.4%
Hanyu

A very rare dram from the brilliant now-closed Hanyu distillery in Japan, distilled back in 1986. It was bottled in 2008 for independent French company Part des Agnes, which translates to 'share of…  More info

Hanyu 22 Year Old 1986 (Cask 2812) - Part des Anges

Suntory Whisky 100th Anniversary Decanter 1999

70cl, 43%
Suntory

Let's all just take a minute to marvel at this beautiful Suntory decanter. It was filled with blended whisky and released in 1999 to mark Suntory's 100th Anniversary. The blue ceramic bottle is…  More info

Suntory Whisky 100th Anniversary Decanter 1999

Karuizawa 16 Year Old 1997 - Rare Vintage

70cl, 62%
Karuizawa

From the now silent and legendary Karuizawa Distillery comes this exceedingly rare 16 Year Old. Look, it literally says it's rare on the label. This particular bottle was distilled in 1997 and…  More info

Karuizawa 16 Year Old 1997 - Rare Vintage

Yamazaki 15 Year Old 1993 (cask 3Q70047) - The Cask of Yamazaki

70cl, 62%
Yamazaki

A heavily peated and extremely rare bottling from Suntory, dubbed The Cask of Yamazaki! It was distilled in Japan back in May 1993, and left to age in the Ohmi Aging Cellar in a single American white…  More info

Yamazaki 15 Year Old 1993 (cask 3Q70047) - The Cask of Yamazaki

Karuizawa 19 Year Old - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.9%
Karuizawa

Precious, precious Karuizawa... This is the first bottling of Karuizawa single malt Japanese whisky from That Boutique-y Whisky Company, and it's absolutely astonishing. The whisky from Karuizawa has…  More info

Karuizawa 19 Year Old - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Yamazaki 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Yamazaki

Discontinued 10 year old single malt from the Yamazaki distillery, aged in bourbon barrels. A lovely fruity dram, quite floral. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more…  More info

Yamazaki 10 Year Old
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963 8 Year Old Blended Malt (59%)

70cl, 59%
Yamazakura

From Sasanokawa Shuzo's 963 range comes an 8 year old blended malt, not often seen outside of Japan! Sasanokawa Shuzo also produce the Yamazakura range of whiskies, and have been producing whisky…  More info

963 8 Year Old Blended Malt (59%)

Hibiki Millennium 2000

Hibiki

A very collectible bottling of Hibiki blended whisky from Japan, released in celebration of the new Millennium. Nothing to do with the Willennium, mind. Lovely shiny label on this one, too. This…  More info

Hibiki Millennium 2000

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%)
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Golden Horse Musashi

70cl, 43%
Golden Horse

Musashi is the pure malt expression from the Golden Horse range, which was relaunched in 2016 alongside the Bushu blended whisky. Golden Horse whiskies are made by Toashuzo, a lesser-known but…  More info

Golden Horse Musashi

Suntory Royal 12 Year Old Millennium

70cl, 43%
Suntory

A bottle of Suntory Royal 12 Year Old, dubbed Millennium. Suntory Royal was originally released in the 1960s in celebration of Suntory's 60th anniversary, and then this bottling was released to…  More info

Suntory Royal 12 Year Old Millennium

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