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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.

Ichiro's Malt The Joker (colour)

70cl, 57.7%
Ichiro

The final card in the legendary Ichiro's Malt Card series from the closed distillery of Hanyu (along with the even rarer single cask monochrome Joker). The colour Joker is a single malt from 14 casks…  More info

Ichiro's Malt The Joker (colour)

Karuizawa 1982 Cask 8497 - Koi

70cl, 46%
Karuizawa

A fantastic bourbon-matured Karuizawa which was distilled in 1982. It's a single cask whisky from the distillery's Koi range and, accordingly, it features a nice drawing of a carp on the…  More info

Karuizawa 1982 Cask 8497 - Koi

Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016

70cl, 48%
Yamazaki

With the 2013 release having been named World Whisky of the Year in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2015, this is a hugely anticipated release of Sherried Japanese whisky. Just 5,000 of these sought-after…  More info

Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016
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Mars Komagatake 2012 (bottled 2016) (cask 1555) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

70cl, 58.8%
Mars

A single cask offering of Japanese whisky from the little-known Shinshu distillery, bottled as part of La Maison du Whisky's 60th Anniversary celebrations. It was distilled in 2012 (a year after the…  More info

Mars Komagatake 2012 (bottled 2016) (cask 1555) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)
$177.61

Suntory Whisky Royal

70cl, 43%
Suntory

A rare bottle of Suntory Whisky Royal, a classic blend from the legendary Japanese whisky producer. With its unique bottle shape and the history behind the company (and the whisky itself - the…  More info

Suntory Whisky Royal

Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel 2013 (48.2%)

70cl, 48.2%
Yamazaki

From the 2013 Yamazaki Cask Collection release comes a Japanese single malt whisky aged in bourbon barrels. This maturation has imparting gorgeous notes of vanilla and honey, with a subtle touch of…  More info

Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel 2013 (48.2%)
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Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel 2013 (48%)

70cl, 48%
Yamazaki

From Yamazaki, the oldest distillery in Japan, comes the 2013 release of their bourbon barrel-matured single malt whisky. It's made from carefully selected Yamazaki malts which have all been aged in…  More info

Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel 2013 (48%)
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Yamazakura 16 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Yamazakura

A 16 year old whisky made from a mashbill of 80% corn and 20% malted barley brought to market by Japanese company Sasanokawa Shuzo. It was matured in ex-bourbon barrels and only 1,992 bottles have…  More info

Yamazakura 16 Year Old
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Karuizawa 15 Year Old 1992 (cask 3434) - Editor's Choice (Whisky Magazine)

70cl, 60.6%
Karuizawa

A rare single cask bottling of 15 year old Japanese single malt from the sadly closed Karuizawa distillery in Japan. Distilled in 1992, it spent over 15 years in an American oak Sherry butt and was…  More info

Karuizawa 15 Year Old 1992 (cask 3434) - Editor's Choice (Whisky Magazine)

Chichibu On The Way (bottled 2015)

70cl, 55.5%
Chichibu

This is a 2015 bottling of single malt from Japan's small but fantastic Chichibu distillery, released as part of their On The Way series. Japanese whisky enthusiasts will want to get their hands on a…  More info

Chichibu On The Way (bottled 2015)
$113.07

Ichiro's Malt Wine Wood Reserve

70cl, 46%
Ichiro

A "Pure Malt" (as the label says) whisky from the Ichiro's Malt series, containing whisky from the closed Hanyu distillery and matured, vatted and bottled at the Chichibu distillery. This edition was…  More info

Ichiro's Malt Wine Wood Reserve
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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%)

Hakushu 12 Year Old 43.5%

70cl, 43.5%
Hakushu

A 12 year old single malty from Suntory. The Hakushu distillery sits in the forests not far from the Japanese Alps.  More info

Hakushu 12 Year Old 43.5%
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Yoichi 12 Year Old

70cl, 45%
Yoichi

The pot stills of the Yoichi distillery are still directly heated, proffering hot spots in the stills, which in turn gives the whisky some wonderful sweet, rich notes. This is one of the richest 12…  More info

Yoichi 12 Year Old
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Nikka Coffey Malt 12 Year Old

70cl, 55%
Nikka

Yeah, yeah, we know it's not really a single malt (because it was distilled in a Coffey column still, rather than a pot still). This is, however, a fantastic 12 year old limited release from Nikka.…  More info

Nikka Coffey Malt 12 Year Old

Yoichi 15 Year Old

70cl, 45%
Yoichi

A delicious single malt from the Yoichi distillery, founded by Masataka Taketsuru in 1934. Taketsuru deemed the terroir to be perfect for whisky production, as this 15 year old will testify.  More info

Yoichi 15 Year Old
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Yoichi 20 Year Old

70cl, 52%
Yoichi

An outstanding single malt from the Yoichi distillery, highly rated by whisky critics - Jim Murray awarded it 95 points. Incredibly mature, even for a 20 year old dram. Delicious!  More info

Yoichi 20 Year Old
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Hanyu 1991 Cask 370

70cl, 57.3%
Hanyu

A single cask from the Hanyu distillery in South Japan. Distilled in 1991, matured in a hogshead and finished in Japanese oak before bottling 2009. An outturn of 361 bottles.  More info

Hanyu 1991 Cask 370

Noh Karuizawa 1976 Cask 6719

70cl, 63%
Karuizawa

A very well aged dram! This 32 year old was distilled at Karuizawa in 1976 and matured in a sherry butt, single cask number 6719. Noh is a form of Japanese theatre, the label features a Noh performer.  More info

Noh Karuizawa 1976 Cask 6719

Ginkgo

70cl, 46%
Ginkgo

A Japanese blended malt, this was created by Ichiro Akuto who once worked at the Hanyu distillery. Ginkgo is the name of a tree which is believed to date back 150 million years, used for its…  More info

Ginkgo

Ichiro's Malt 1991 Five of Clubs

70cl, 57.4%
Ichiro

Part of the cult Ichiro's malt range of playing-card themed whiskies, distilled at the Hanyu distillery. This Five of Clubs was finished in a Japanese Mizunara oak Hogshead! Part of a release of just…  More info

Ichiro's Malt 1991 Five of Clubs
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Miyagikyo 10 Year Old

70cl, 45%
Miyagikyo

A beautiful 10 year old from the Miyagikyou distillery (more recent bottles spell the name "Miyagikyo"). This offers a wonderful purity, floral, fruity, silken smooth. A beautiful balanced dram.  More info

Miyagikyo 10 Year Old

Miyagikyo 12 Year Old

70cl, 45%
Miyagikyo

That same purity and balanced as in the Miyagikyou 10 year old, only the 12 offers more body and a stronger sherry character. Very good stuff!  More info

Miyagikyo 12 Year Old
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Miyagikyo 15 Year Old

70cl, 45%
Miyagikyo

As you work your way along the Miyagikyo range, you witness the beautiful fruity, floral balance become fuller, and more complex. Jim Murray awarded this a whopping 92 points! It's an incredible…  More info

Miyagikyo 15 Year Old
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