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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.

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
$78.00

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
$136.73

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
$136.73

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
$273.53

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
51
$62.15

Hibiki 12 Year Old - Gift Pack 50cl

50cl, 43%
Suntory

A fantastic gift pack containing a tasting glass alongside the excellent Hibiki 12 Year Old blended Japanese whisky, which already comes in the most handsome decanter bottle.  More info

Hibiki 12 Year Old - Gift Pack 50cl
$57.41

Hibiki 12 Year Old 50cl

50cl, 43%
Suntory

A 50cl bottling of Suntory's excellent Hibiki 12 Year Old blended Japanese whisky, including malts from Yamazaki and Hakushu distilleries.  More info

Hibiki 12 Year Old 50cl
2
$45.78

Hibiki 17 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Suntory

This Japanese blend was awarded an "Editor's Choice" from Whisky Magazine. Hibiki 17 year old is a superb whisky from Suntory.  More info

Hibiki 17 Year Old
40
$120.32

Hibiki 21 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Suntory

Hibiki 21 was named World's Best Blended Whisky at the 2014 World Whiskies Awards and was awarded 96 points in Jim Murray's 2014 Whisky Bible. Dr. Whisky says it's 'Unbelievably balanced, and…  More info

Hibiki 21 Year Old
12
$196.93

Hibiki 30 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Suntory

An absolutely stunning release from Hibiki. This was awarded the Trophy at the International Spirits Challenge in 2004, 2006 and 2008. It was also awarded the coveted title "World's Best Blended…  More info

Hibiki 30 Year Old
7
$1418.21

Ichiro's Malt & Grain

70cl, 46%
Chichibu

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
1
$73.17

Ichiro's Malt 1986 King of Hearts

70cl, 55.40%
Hanyu

An incredible addition to the Ichiro's Malt Card range. Each whisky, in very modish style, is named after a playing card. We love them! This was distilled at the Hanyu distillery in 1986, and aged in…  More info

Ichiro's Malt 1986 King of Hearts

Ichiro's Malt 1991 Five of Clubs

70cl, 57.40%
Hanyu

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
2

Ichiro's Malt Chichibu 2009 Port Pipe (bottled 2013)

70cl, 54.50%
Chichibu

A rare Port pipe matured Chichibu bottled in 2013. A fruity bottling from a Japanese distillery that always shows well at relatively young ages. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Ichiro's Malt Chichibu 2009 Port Pipe (bottled 2013)
$435.34

Ichiro's Malt Double Distilleries

70cl, 46%
Hanyu

From the cracking Ichiro’s Malt range, this is a vatting of whisky from both the Hanyu and Chichibu distilleries. The whisky was matured in Japanese oak, and vatted and bottled at Chichibu in 2010.  More info

Ichiro's Malt Double Distilleries
1
$95.29

Ichiro's Malt Hanyu 23 Year Old

70cl, 58%
Hanyu

A staggeringly good 23 year old Hanyu! This was made with spirit distilled in 1985 and 1986, which was then aged in sherry wood. This cask strength release was bottled for the Ichiro’s malt range…  More info

Ichiro's Malt Hanyu 23 Year Old
2
$509.20

Ichiro's Malt The Joker (colour)

70cl, 57.70%
Hanyu

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)
$2184.21

Ichiro’s Malt Hanyu 15 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Hanyu

A delicious 15 year old Hanyu from the Ichiro’s malt range. This was distilled in 1995 and was finished in French oak. The results are stunning!  More info

Ichiro’s Malt Hanyu 15 Year Old
7
$113.75

Ichiro’s Malt Mizunara Wood Reserve

70cl, 46%
Hanyu

Bottled in 2010, this was crafted by Ichiro Akuto, this is a vatting of various single malts which have been aged in Japanese Mizunara oak. It’s an incredible whisky, with loads of character from the…  More info

Ichiro’s Malt Mizunara Wood Reserve
$90.77

Isawa Japanese Blended Whiskey

50cl, 40%
Monde Shuzo

A fragrant and lightly spiced Isawa blended whisky created at the Monde Shuzo distillery in Japan.  More info

Isawa Japanese Blended Whiskey
5
$42.97

Karuizawa 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Karuizawa

A very rare 12 year old Karuizawa, bottled for the Japanese market. This has a lot of interesting flavour to it, with some smoke and stone fruit. Earthy too…  More info

Karuizawa 12 Year Old
$91.87

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
$211.15

Karuizawa 19 Year Old - 10th Anniversary Whisky Live

70cl, 60%
Karuizawa

A fantastic sherry butt-matured Karuizawa. This was distilled in 1990, and aged for 19 years in cask number 6446 before it was bottled at a cask strength in 2009. It was bottled for Whisky Live in…  More info

Karuizawa 19 Year Old - 10th Anniversary Whisky Live
$273.53

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