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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 Bourbon Barrel 2013 (48%)

70cl, 48%
Yamazaki

From Yamazaki, the oldest distillery in Japan, comes the 2013 release of their bourbon barrel-matured single malt whisky. It's made from carefully selected Yamazaki malts which have all been aged in…  More info

Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel 2013 (48%)
2
$1,053.60

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
$95.25

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
$84.70
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The Kurayoshi Pure Malt Sherry Cask

70cl, 43%
Kurayoshi

The second of the two Sherry-influenced Malts in the Kurayoshi portfolio (the first being The Kurayoshi Sherry Cask), The Kurayoshi Pure Malt Sherry Cask is a 100% malted barley whisky, which was…  More info

The Kurayoshi Pure Malt Sherry Cask
$84.65

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
$148.19

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
$48.69
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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
$35.97

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
2
$54.88

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
$142.90
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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
1
$77.24
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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
4
$87.84

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
20
$42.25
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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
$40.47
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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
$44.96

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
$49.77
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White Oak Akashi Single Malt

50cl, 46%
White Oak

Single malt Japanese whisky from the Akashi range, produced by White Oak in Hyogo, just west of Kobe. This non-age-statement release ought to prove rather interesting for whisky adventurers looking…  More info

White Oak Akashi Single Malt
5
$74.07
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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
$140.78

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
$51.83

Nikka Blended Whisky

70cl, 40%
Nikka

From the Japanese distillers Nikka comes their blended whisky, the Nikka Blended Whisky. Yep, that's it. A simple name, a minimalist bottle, a refined label - the focus here is on the expertly-made…  More info

Nikka Blended Whisky
14
$36.89
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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
$42.30
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Akashi 6 Year Old (cask 61694) - White Wine Cask

50cl, 50%
Akashi

For this limited vintage 6 year old Akashi single malt from White Oak distillery, the whisky was aged in Cognac casks before transferring them to a single first-fill white wine cask for a finishing…  More info

Akashi 6 Year Old (cask 61694) - White Wine Cask
$140.78

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
$61.07
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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
$36.29

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
$116.48
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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
$79.40
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