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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.

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)

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

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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Karuizawa 1972 (cask 7290)

70cl, 65%
Karuizawa

Fans of Japanese whisky, you may want to be sitting down for this one - what we have here is a rare bottling of 1972 vintage Karuizawa single malt, bottled by Number One Drinks Company. After the…  More info

Karuizawa 1972 (cask 7290)

Karuizawa 1980 Golden Samurai

70cl, 61.6%
Karuizawa

Rare Japanese single malt whisky from the sadly closed Karuizawa, distilled in 1980 and bottled in 2015. It was first presented as a Dream Dram at The Whisky Show 2015. The back label reads: "On…  More info

Karuizawa 1980 Golden Samurai
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Karuizawa 1981 (bottled 2011) (cask 6256)

70cl, 57.5%
Karuizawa

Very rare whisky from the closed Karuizawa distillery in Japan, bottled by the Number One Drinks Company. It's a 1981 vintage, drawn from a first-fill Sherry cask which was bottled in 2011 with an…  More info

Karuizawa 1981 (bottled 2011) (cask 6256)

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

Karuizawa 1984 (bottled 2013) (cask 3663)

70cl, 56.8%
Karuizawa

Precious, precious Karuizawa... This is a 1984 vintage Japanese single malt from the legendary closed distillery, aged in a single Sherry cask until it was bottled in 2013 at cask strength. A great…  More info

Karuizawa 1984 (bottled 2013) (cask 3663)

Karuizawa 1985 Single Cask 7017

70cl, 60.8%
Karuizawa

Single cask Japanese whisky. This was distilled at the Karuizawa distillery in 1985 and matured in single cask number 7017 before bottling at cask strength on the 16th October 2009. This bottle…  More info

Karuizawa 1985 Single Cask 7017

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

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)

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

50cl, 50.1%
Karuizawa

That Boutique-y Whisky Company has got its hands on another parcel of precious, precious Karuizawa single malt! After closing in 2000, whisky from this distillery has become rare as hen's teeth, and…  More info

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

Karuizawa 2000 Sea Dragon Cask (cask 166) (bottled 2013)

70cl, 64.3%
Karuizawa

A rare Japanese single malt from the closed distillery of Karuizawa. Matured in a single Sherry butt from 2000 to 2013, it was originally bottled in Japan exclusively for La Maison du Whisky. This…  More info

Karuizawa 2000 Sea Dragon Cask (cask 166) (bottled 2013)

Karuizawa 28 Year Old 1983 (cask 7576) - Noh Whisky

70cl, 57.2%
Karuizawa

From the legendary and sadly silent Karuizawa Distillery comes this awesome 28 Year Old! Distilled over in Japan in 1983, it was matured in a single sherry butt, before it was finally bottled almost…  More info

Karuizawa 28 Year Old 1983 (cask 7576) - Noh Whisky
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Karuizawa 29 Year Old 1982 (cask 8529) - Noh Whisky

70cl, 58.8%
Karuizawa

Strictly one per customer... Sharing is caring.From the Noh range, this is an astonishing Karuizawa which was distilled in 1982 and aged in a bourbon cask for 29 years before bottling. The result is…  More info

Karuizawa 29 Year Old 1982 (cask 8529) - Noh Whisky
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Karuizawa 29 Year Old 1984 (cask 3662)

70cl, 61%
Karuizawa

A rather beautiful bottling of 29 year old Japanese single malt whisky from the Karuizawa distillery, distilled in 1984 and matured in a Sherry cask. The distillery sadly shut its doors for the last…  More info

Karuizawa 29 Year Old 1984 (cask 3662)

Karuizawa 32 Year Old 1976 (cask 6719) - Noh Whisky

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

Karuizawa 32 Year Old 1976 (cask 6719) - Noh Whisky

Karuizawa 32 Year Old 1977 (cask 4592) - Noh Whisky

70cl, 60.7%
Karuizawa

This release, from the acclaimed 'Noh Performers' series is a 1977 Karuizawa with an absolutely astonishing pedigree. Look closely, and the whisky is tinged slightly green in colour, a product of the…  More info

Karuizawa 32 Year Old 1977 (cask 4592) - Noh Whisky
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Karuizawa 33 Year Old 1981 (cask 136)

70cl, 55.3%
Karuizawa

Whiskies from the sadly-closed Karuizawa distillery in Japan are rare, collectible and highly-sought after by whisky aficionados - and this one is very much worth paying attention to. It's a 33 year…  More info

Karuizawa 33 Year Old 1981 (cask 136)

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

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)

Karuizawa 48 Year Old 1964 (cask 3603)

70cl, 57.7%
Karuizawa

This is an extremely rare, extremely old bottling from the exulted Karuizawa distillery in Japan. Aged for just over 48 years in a 400-litre Sherry Oak cask, at the time of bottling, it is the oldest…  More info

Karuizawa 48 Year Old 1964 (cask 3603)
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Karuizawa 8 Year Old Pure Malt

70cl, 40%
Karuizawa

An 8 year old whisky from the Karuizawa distillery, this is a very rare bottling for the Japanese market, and offers up notes of plum wine, hints of peat, and whiffs of the coast.  More info

Karuizawa 8 Year Old Pure Malt

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

Karuizawa Spirit of Asama

70cl, 48%
Karuizawa

Ths Spirit of Asama is an incredible, legendary whisky from Japan's Karuizawa distillery. It is a vatting of 77 different sherry casks which were laid down in 1999 and 2000. The sherry character in…  More info

Karuizawa Spirit of Asama
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