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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.

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
$47.28

Suntory 12 Year Old Pure Malt - 1990s

70cl, 43%
Suntory

A 1990s bottling of single malt from Suntory, focusing on the Suntory brand rather than one of the company's specific distilleries. This 12 year old expression was bottled at 43% ABV. This bottle…  More info

Suntory 12 Year Old Pure Malt - 1990s
$384.22

Ichiro's Malt The Game Hanyu - 3rd Edition

70cl, 57.5%
Hanyu

A rare bottling of Hanyu single malt Japanese whisky, bottled as part of the Ichiro's Mat series. This 3rd edition bottling of The Game was distilled in 2000 and bottled in 2012 with an outturn of…  More info

Ichiro's Malt The Game Hanyu - 3rd Edition
$2,642.20

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
$53.89

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
$99.03

White Oak Tokinoka

50cl, 40%
White Oak

A Japanese blended whisky from the White Oak distillery, which is in Hyogo, just west of Kobe. Makes for a good value-for-money introduction to the world of Japanese whisky. White Oak is also known…  More info

White Oak Tokinoka
$37.40

The Kurayoshi Sherry Cask

70cl, 43%
Kurayoshi

A sherried expression from the Kurayoshi range, created by little-known Japanese whisky producer Matsui Shuzou (also known for sake and shochu). These whiskies are blended malts, made with whiskies…  More info

The Kurayoshi Sherry Cask
1
$82.56
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Karuizawa Spirit of Asama 55%

70cl, 55%
Karuizawa

Whisky from the closed distillery of Karuizawa in Japan is fairly in demand these days. !****Understatement Klaxon***!. This single malt has been created from 77 casks filled during the final two…  More info

Karuizawa Spirit of Asama 55%
3
$1,321.10

White Oak Akashi Meïsei

50cl, 40%
White Oak

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
3
$43.98
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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
$51.75
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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
$80.31
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Kura The Whisky

70cl, 40%
Helios

The Helios distillery in Okinawa Japan may be more well-known for producing rums and awamori (a type of rice-based drink only produced in Okinawa), but they been known to dip their toe in the world…  More info

Kura The Whisky
7
$101.22
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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
2
$88.06
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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
$5,123.49
$4,022.58

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
$148.57
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Togouchi 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Chugoku Jozo

A 12 year old Japanese blended whisky, produced by Chugoku Jozo for the Togouchi range, who age their whiskies in a tunnel (makes a nice change from a warehouse, doesn't it?). Rather peaty, with…  More info

Togouchi 12 Year Old
4
$75.96
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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
$42.08

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
$130.46

963 8 Year Old Blended Malt (57%)

70cl, 57%
Yamazakura

An 8 year old blended malt whisky, released as part of the 963 series of expressions. These whiskies are created by Sasanokawa Shuzo, the company also responsible for making the Yamazakura…  More info

963 8 Year Old Blended Malt (57%)
$85.32

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
$63.49

Golden Horse Bushu

70cl, 43%
Golden Horse

A blended whisky from the Golden Horse range, owned by Japanese company, Toashuzo. The Golden Horse brand previously had age statements on their labels, though since relaunching in 2016 (following a…  More info

Golden Horse Bushu
$57.06
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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
$159.58
$110.03

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
$154.07

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
$121.11
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Fuyu Whisky

70cl, 40%
Fuyu

A blended Japanese whisky made with malts and grains from distilleries on Japan's Honshu island. For those not keeping track, that's the main island of Japan, housing the lion's share of Japanese…  More info

Fuyu Whisky
3
$43.98

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