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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.

The Matsui Sakura Cask

70cl, 48%
Kurayoshi

A single malt from the Kurayoshi Distillery, which resides in the foothills of Mt. Daisen. Released as part of the Matsui range, this particular expression has been matured in cherry wood casks -…  More info

The Matsui Sakura Cask
2
$141.34

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
7
$104.06

Mars Maltage Cosmo - Wine Cask Finish

70cl, 43%
Mars

It's a wine cask finished edition of Mars Maltage Cosmo! The blended malt features whisky from the Japanese Shinshu distillery alongside whiskies from undisclosed Scottish distilleries, too, and was…  More info

Mars Maltage Cosmo - Wine Cask Finish
1
$97.12

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
$61.26
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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
13
$46.21

Kamiki Sakura

50cl, 48%
Kamiki

An interesting expression here, Kamiki Sakura is a blended malt whisky which has enjoyed two finishing periods! The blend of malt whiskies is sourced from Japan and further afield, and it's matured…  More info

Kamiki Sakura
$87.86

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
4
$86.75

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
1
$110.57

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
$55.42

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
$84.39

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
13
$95.89
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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
$128.11

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
1
$56.33

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
1
$38.12

Tenjaku Whisky

70cl, 40%
Tenjaku

A tasty blended Japanese whisky here, Tanjaku is made with corn and barley, and aged in American white oak bourbon barrels. The Japanese characters you can spot on the label translate to "hibari",…  More info

Tenjaku Whisky
24
$32.33
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Kamiki

50cl, 48%
Kamiki

Kamiki is a unique blended malt whisky made using Japanese malts whiskies combined with specially selected malt whiskies from around the world. After blending, the whisky is finished in casks made…  More info

Kamiki
20
$65.87

Mars Komagatake Single Malt (2020 Edition)

70cl, 50%
Shinshu

Rejoice, because we've got another edition of Mars Shinshu's annual single malt release! This is the 2020 Edition, distilled at Japan's Shinshu distillery and drawn from a combination of sherry and…  More info

Mars Komagatake Single Malt (2020 Edition)
$151.80

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
1
$48.47
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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
6
$79.75
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Hinotori 5 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Hinotori

This right here is a 5 year old blended Japanese whisky, released by the Hekinan Distillery. The whisky itself isn't chill filtered, and has a creamy flavour profile with plenty of vanilla and…  More info

Hinotori 5 Year Old
$75.14

Nikka Days

70cl, 40%
Nikka

Nikka Days is a brilliantly bright blended Japanese whisky from the legendary producer, featuring spirits from the Miyagikyo and Yoichi distilleries. The slightly peated whisky delicately balances…  More info

Nikka Days
9
$40.30
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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
23
$49.11

The Kurayoshi 18 Year Old

70cl, 50%
Kurayoshi

18 year old blended malt from the Kurayoshi range, created by the Matsui Shuzou distillery. Though not very well-known, Matsui Shuzou have created some rather marvellous expression for this series,…  More info

The Kurayoshi 18 Year Old
5
$225.52

White Oak Akashi Blended Whisky

50cl, 40%
White Oak

A Japanese blended whisky that has been the subject of some controversy. The bottling for the home market in Japan is made with malt whisky and molasses spirit, which would not be classed as 'whisky'…  More info

White Oak Akashi Blended Whisky
32
$37.98

Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt (2020 Release)

70cl, 43%
Nikka

A new edition of Nikka's Taketsuru Pure Malt, released in 2020! It features a new recipe, showing off the excellent balance of the Japanese whisky, alongside wafts of smoke and waves of creamy malt.…  More info

Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt (2020 Release)
1
$69.35

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