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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 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
$52.39

Togouchi Premium Blended Japanese Whisky

70cl, 40%
Chugoku Jozo

Togouchi is a blended Japanese whisky from the producers Chugoku Jozo, who mature their whisky in a tunnel rather than a warehouse. The name comes from where the tunnel is located, in the town of…  More info

Togouchi Premium Blended Japanese Whisky
5
$46.24

White Oak Akashi Blended Whisky

50cl, 40%
Eigashima Shuzō

A Japanese blended whisky that has been the subject of some controversy. The bottling for the home market in Japan is made with malt whisky and molasses spirit, which would not be classed as 'whisky'…  More info

White Oak Akashi Blended Whisky
11
$33.01

White Oak Akashi Meïsei

50cl, 40%
Eigashima Shuzō

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
$38.23

Yoichi Single Malt

70cl, 45%
Nikka

The latest Yoichi single malt will replace both the previous NAS release and the remaining age statement whiskies. The change comes as demand continues to stretch Nikka's aged stock, with this new…  More info

Yoichi Single Malt
1
$74.35

Chichibu 12 Year Old Golden Horse

70cl, 56%
Chichibu

By gosh by golly, hold on to your horses. It's a super rare Chichibu, bottled by Golden Horse. This was bottled at cask strength in July 2008, and all the bottlers are numbered. Expect a lot of…  More info

Chichibu 12 Year Old Golden Horse
$144.33

Chichibu On The Way

70cl, 58.50%
Chichibu

This is a Japanese single malt whisky from the Chichibu distillery, opened by Ichiro Akuto back in 2008. Their On The Way expression was bottled in 2013 while the distillery was "on the way" to…  More info

Chichibu On The Way
$139.93

Chichibu The First

70cl, 61.80%
Chichibu

The incredibly well-anticipated release from Ichiro Akuto's Chichibu distillery. A distillery with the finest name ever. This was released in the UK in 2012.  More info

Chichibu The First
$98.04

Chichibu The Peated 2010 (bottled 2013)

70cl, 53.50%
Chichibu

A peated single malt Japanese whisky from the Chichibu range, distilled in 2010 and bottled in 2013. For this release, they peated the barley to 59.6 PPM, resulting in a richly smoky flavour profile…  More info

Chichibu The Peated 2010 (bottled 2013)
1
$261.17

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
$60.90

Hakushu 10 Year Old

70cl, 40.50%
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.  More info

Hakushu 10 Year Old
1

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
25
$84.65

Hakushu 12 Year Old 43.5%

70cl, 43.50%
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%
9
$59.96

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
5
$214.89

Hakushu 18 Year Old 43.50%

70cl, 43.50%
Hakushu

An intense, utterly delicious 18 year old single malt, distilled at Hakushu. This is full, fruity, and very, very malty.  More info

Hakushu 18 Year Old 43.50%
$115.68

Hakushu 25 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Hakushu

A very rare and truly fabulous peated Japanese whisky from Hakushus. This 25 year old was awarded a Silver Medal at the Malt Maniac Awards in 2009, and whisky critic Jim Murray rated it 93 points out…  More info

Hakushu 25 Year Old
4
$1101.09

Hakushu Bourbon Barrel

70cl, 48.20%
Hakushu

The much anticipated Hakushu Bourbon Barrel sees the gently peated Japanese whisky aged entirely in first fill bourbon barrels. This has resulted in a great deal of creamy sweetness - absolutely…  More info

Hakushu Bourbon Barrel
2
$109.94

Hakushu Heavily Peated

70cl, 48%
Hakushu

A heavily peated release from Suntory's Hakushu distillery. Intense peat concentration combined with the fantastic distillery character of Hakushu. Well, well worth a go this one…  More info

Hakushu Heavily Peated

Hakushu Sherry Cask - 2012 Release

70cl, 48%
Hakushu

The extremely sought after Hakushu Sherry Cask from 2012, a limited release of only 3,000 bottles of delicious jammy Japanese single malt whisky.  More info

Hakushu Sherry Cask - 2012 Release
$78.57

Hanyu 19 Year Old 1990 Cask 9305

70cl, 53.40%
Hanyu

An incredible single cask from the Hanyu distillery, aged for 19 years. This was hogshead matured and finished in a top quality Spanish Sherry Butt (the Japanese are sticklers for great oak!). A…  More info

Hanyu 19 Year Old 1990 Cask 9305

Hanyu 1988 "Big Butt" Cask 9306

70cl, 55%
Hanyu

A release of 200 numbered bottles from cask 9306. Distilled at Hanyu in 1988 and bottled in 2009. Very buttery and rich whisky, plus, let's face it, the label is quite funny!  More info

Hanyu 1988
$137.72

Hanyu 1988 "Nice Butt" Cask 9307

70cl, 55%
Hanyu

Yes, this whisky genuinely is called "Nice Butt". There's really not much else to say (all the whiskies in this range seem to have very suggestive labels!). Other than the fact this is a super rare…  More info

Hanyu 1988
$137.72

Hanyu 1990 "The Wave" Cask 9305

70cl, 53%
Hanyu

A very rare bottling of single cask Hanyu, this was bottled from cask 9305, and there are just 200 bottles, all at natural cask strength. Serge from WhiskyFun.com awarded it a very impressive 91…  More info

Hanyu 1990
$275.51

Hanyu 1991 Cask 370

70cl, 57.30%
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

Hibiki 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Suntory

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
50
$62.60

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