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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.

Yamazaki 1995 (bottled 2010) - The Owner's Cask

70cl, 54.9%
Yamazaki

A distillery bottling of a very special Japanese single malt whisky produced by Suntory at Yamazaki Distillery in 1995. It was matured for 15 years in a sherry cask and bottled at a cask strength…  More info

Yamazaki 1995 (bottled 2010) -  The Owner's Cask
$6,230.05

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)
$1,969.30

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
$9,352.88

Kura The Whisky - Rum Cask Finish

70cl, 40%
Helios

A variation of Kura The Whisky blended malt whisky, which has enjoyed a finishing period in casks that previously held rum. We're rather fold of rum cask finished whiskies, as they help to bolster…  More info

Kura The Whisky - Rum Cask Finish
2
$93.48

White Oak Akashi Single Malt 5 Year Old

50cl, 50%
White Oak

This is a 5 year old single malt from little-known White Oak, based in Hyogo (just west of Kobe). It was aged in a Sherry cask for those 5 years, resulting in generous helpings of lip-smacking…  More info

White Oak Akashi Single Malt 5 Year Old
3
$140.24
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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
$1,247.05

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
$48.85
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963 Malt & Grain Red Label

70cl, 46%
Yamazakura

From the 963 whisky range made by Japan's Sasanokawa Shuzo comes the 963 Malt & Grain Red Label. Unlike the smoke-driven Black Label expression, Red Label is an unpeated expression, which shows off…  More info

963 Malt & Grain Red Label
$39.72

The Kurayoshi 8 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Kurayoshi

8 year old blended malt whisky from The Kurayoshi range, produced by Matsui Shuzou in the Tottori Prefecture. These whiskies are made with a blend of Scotch and Japanese malt whiskies, brought down…  More info

The Kurayoshi 8 Year Old
$123.15

White Oak Tokinoka Black

50cl, 50%
White Oak

Tokinoka Black is a Japanese whisky that was created by Akito Ueda, master blender at the White Oak distillery. It was made with a blend of malt whisky (50%) and grain whisky (50%) before being in…  More info

White Oak Tokinoka Black
$50.87

The Kurayoshi 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Kurayoshi

This is the 12 year old Kurayoshi expression - a blended malt from the little-known Matsui Shuzou distillery in Japan's Tottori Prefecture. These whiskies are made with malts sources from Scotland,…  More info

The Kurayoshi 12 Year Old
$150.63

Kaiyo Whisky

70cl, 43%
Kaiyo

Kaiyo Whisky is very intriguing indeed, starting out as a teaspooned malt (with the bulk of the malt whisky coming from one distillery, along with a drop of malt whisky from another distillery,…  More info

Kaiyo Whisky
8
$86.21

963 Malt & Grain Black Label

70cl, 46%
Yamazakura

A blended whisky from Japan's Sasanokawa Shuzo and its 963 whisky selection. This one features a hearty helping of peat smoke at its core (in contract to the unpeated Red Label expression), so if…  More info

963 Malt & Grain Black Label
$39.44
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Kaiyo Whisky Cask Strength

70cl, 53%
Kaiyo

A cask strength variant of Kaiyo Whisky, a Japanese teaspooned malt which has endured a maturation in mizunara casks - known for being expensive though difficult for coopers to work with. These…  More info

Kaiyo Whisky Cask Strength
1
$114.32
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Hatozaki Blended

70cl, 40%
The Kaikyo Distillery

A blended whisky from the Kaikyo Distillery, the Hatozaki blend sees the marriage of both malt and grain whiskies, including whisky distilled in Japan and imported stocks. The whisky is named after…  More info

Hatozaki Blended
$34.24

The Kurayoshi Tottori Bourbon Barrel

70cl, 43%
Kurayoshi

A blended whisky from The Kurayoshi range, made with malt and grain whiskies from Scotland and Japan. This expression is aged in bourbon barrels, helping to develop hefty helpings of intense vanilla…  More info

The Kurayoshi Tottori Bourbon Barrel
$41.56
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Yamazakura Blended Whisky

70cl, 40%
Yamazakura

A blended whisky from Japan's Yamazakura range, which is brought to market by Japanese company Sasanokawa Shuzo. The name itself a portmanteau of two Japanese terms 'Yama' means 'mountain' and…  More info

Yamazakura Blended Whisky
7
$47.80
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The Kurayoshi Tottori

70cl, 43%
Kurayoshi

The Tottori range from Japan's Kurayoshi is a series of blended whisky made with Scottish and Japanese malts and grains. This is the flagship expression from the range, which the producers recommend…  More info

The Kurayoshi Tottori
$35.62

Akashi 6 Year Old (cask 61695) - Red Wine Cask

50cl, 50%
White Oak

From Japan's White Oak distillery comes this 6 year old Akashi single malt. The whisky was initially aged for 5 years in Cognac casks, before being transferred to a first-fill red wine barrel for a…  More info

Akashi 6 Year Old (cask 61695) - Red Wine Cask
$138.16

Togouchi 9 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Chugoku Jozo

A 9 year old blended whisky from Chugoku Jozo's interesting Togouchi range. The producers create their expressions with whisky from both Scotland and Canada, and age it in a railway tunnel in Japan…  More info

Togouchi 9 Year Old
1
$75.81
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Mars Kasei

70cl, 40%
Mars

Alas, this whisky isn't really from the planet Mars, but from the Mars Shinshu distillery, which is just as exciting! It is Japan's highest whisky distillery at just under 800 metres, so it's nearly…  More info

Mars Kasei
$44.12
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Mars Komagatake Single Malt (2018 Edition)

70cl, 48%
Mars

A limited edition single malt from Mars Shinshu. This 2018 expression is made up of both peated and unpeated whiskies, aged in American oak bourbon barrels. The gentle Japanese whisky was bottled…  More info

Mars Komagatake Single Malt (2018 Edition)
$119.50

White Oak Akashi 5 Year Old Red Wine Cask

50cl, 50%
White Oak

This is a 5 year old Japanese single malt from the White Oak distillery - not one of Japan's most well-known whisky producers outside of the country, but an excellent one nevertheless. This…  More info

White Oak Akashi 5 Year Old Red Wine Cask
$145.44

Super Nikka

70cl, 43%
Nikka

Blended whisky from Nikka. A very good blend all in all, with plenty of malt and dried fruit flavour.  More info

Super Nikka
1
$59.93

The Kurayoshi Pure Malt

70cl, 43%
Kurayoshi

A blended malt from little-known Japanese whisky producer, Matsui Shuzou. It's made with whiskies sourced from Scottish distilleries, blended with Japanese whisky and volcanic-stone-filtered water.…  More info

The Kurayoshi Pure Malt
3
$83.13
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