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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.

White Oak Akashi 5 Year Old Sherry Cask

50cl, 50%
White Oak

This expression from White Oak was aged for five years in sherry casks, and it's brimming with sweet, unctuous character that makes it a glorious sipper neat, it would also make a delightful Highball…  More info

White Oak Akashi 5 Year Old Sherry Cask
$154.30
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Ichiro's Malt Chichibu IPA Cask Finished 2017

70cl, 57.5%
Ichiro

A rare release of single malt from the Ichiro's Malt series, featuring Chichibu single malt whisky finished in casks that previously held IPA beer. Very collectible and likely delicious. This…  More info

Ichiro's Malt Chichibu IPA Cask Finished 2017
$616.18
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Ichiro's Malt Chichibu 2010 Chibidaru (bottled 2014)

70cl, 53.5%
Ichiro

A sought-after bottle of Chichibu single malt whisky matured in quarter casks, which are much smaller than your standard cask. Interestingly, the name "Chibidaru" means "cute casks" in Japanese! This…  More info

Ichiro's Malt Chichibu 2010 Chibidaru (bottled 2014)
$924.78
$719.04

Miyagikyo 10 Year Old

70cl, 45%
Miyagikyo

A beautiful 10 year old from the Miyagikyou distillery (more recent bottles spell the name "Miyagikyo"). This offers a wonderful purity, floral, fruity, silken smooth. A beautiful balanced…  More info

Miyagikyo 10 Year Old
$410.44

Sasayaki Japanese Malt Whisky

70cl, 41%
Sasayaki

Sasayaki (meaning 'whisper') is a malt whisky made in the Japanese town of Ogumi, which you can find in the Bandai-Asahi National Park amidst the stunning landscape of the mountains of Asahi and…  More info

Sasayaki Japanese Malt Whisky
$64.29

Yoichi Peaty & Salty

50cl, 55%
Yoichi

Originally only for sale at the Yoichi distillery in Hokkaido, Japan (owned by Nikka), Yoichi Peaty & Salty was released as part of the Key Malts series. The accurately descriptive title alludes to…  More info

Yoichi Peaty & Salty
$257.16

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
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$41.09

White Oak Akashi 5 Year Old Red Wine Cask (cask 61891)

50cl, 50%
White Oak

This right here is a single malt from White Oak in Japan which has been aged in a red wine cask for five years. This maturation has helped to impart a whole heap of rich red berry notes to the…  More info

White Oak Akashi 5 Year Old Red Wine Cask (cask 61891)
$143.12

Nikka Gold & Gold Knight Edition

75cl, 43%
Nikka

Gold & Gold whisky from Nikka Knight Edition comes with a striking coat of armour atop the bottle. A standout bottle for any collectors out there. This bottle was part of a private collection - if…  More info

Nikka Gold & Gold Knight Edition
$307.58
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Nikka Taketsuru 25 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Nikka

The 25 year old edition of Nikka's Taketsuru blended malt whisky is a very rare sight. The Taketsuru expression was named in honour of the company's founder, Masataka Taketsuru, made with malt…  More info

Nikka Taketsuru 25 Year Old
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$4,113.64
$3,600.34

Chichibu 2014 Beer Cask (cask 11049) - Martial Arts Trilogy

70cl, 59.5%
Chichibu

Japanese distiller Chichibu left something special for the conclusion of its Martial Arts trilogy. Whisky in a beer cask that was previously used to mature Shiga-Kogen brewery's The Far East, a…  More info

Chichibu 2014 Beer Cask (cask 11049) - Martial Arts Trilogy
$1,234.40
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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
$2,056.30
$1,800.16

Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky - Woody & Mellow

50cl, 55%
Nikka

A whisky that very much does what it says on the tin. Expect sweet, delicate, oaky goodness from this Nikka creation, made on those famous Coffey stills. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky - Woody & Mellow
$257.16

Miyagikyo Fruity & Rich

50cl, 55%
Miyagikyo

This is a collectible bottling of Japanese single malt from the Miyagikyo distillery, with quite a 'to-the-point' name. It's Fruity & Rich - by name and by nature. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Miyagikyo Fruity & Rich
$257.16

Miyagikyo Grande

70cl, 48%
Miyagikyo

Previously a travel retail exclusive, this single malt Japanese whisky from Nikka's Miyagiko distillery was bottled without chill filtration. Titled 'Grande', it'll certainly please a…  More info

Miyagikyo Grande
$410.44

Suntory Hibiki 17 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Hibiki

Age statement Hibiki here, sure to please any collectors out there. Hibiki 17 Year Old is made with aged malt and grain whiskies from Suntory's distilleries. Initially released in 1989, the blend is…  More info

Suntory Hibiki 17 Year Old
$1,234.40

Shirakawa 1958

70cl, 49%
Takara Shuzo

This is arguably the most rare Japanese whisky in the world, and it's certainly one of the most remarkable we've ever seen. Presented by Tomatin Distillery, this spirit comes from the old Shirakawa…  More info

Shirakawa 1958
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$26,521.08

Chichibu The Peated 2012 (bottled 2016)

70cl, 54.5%
Chichibu

This is the 2012 vintage Japanese peated single malt from Chichibu, released as part of the Ichiro's Malt series. It was bottled in 2016 at 54.5% ABV, with 6,350 bottles produced. Always very popular…  More info

Chichibu The Peated 2012 (bottled 2016)
$462.90

Kanosuke 2018 (bottled 2021) IPA Cask Finish (cask 20049) - Modern Malt Whisky Market 2021

70cl, 56%
Kanosuke

This single malt from Kanosuke Distillery was distilled in 2018 and spent time finishing in a cask that previously held hoppy IPA beer, bringing intriguing floral and citrus notes to the Japanese…  More info

Kanosuke 2018 (bottled 2021) IPA Cask Finish (cask 20049) - Modern Malt Whisky Market 2021
$719.04

Ichiro's Malt & Grain World Blended Whisky - Classical Edition

70cl, 48%
Ichiro

The Classical Edition of Ichiro's Malt & Grain World Blended Whisky is blended by Ichiro Akuro, founder of Chichibu Distillery. Malt and grain whisky from Scotland, Ireland, Canada, The USA, along…  More info

Ichiro's Malt & Grain World Blended Whisky - Classical Edition
$204.70

Chichibu 2015 (cask 5262) - Martial Arts Trilogy

70cl, 59.5%
Chichibu

From Chichibu comes this 2015 vintage Japanese single malt, released in 2021 for the Martial Arts Trilogy. It spent its days maturing in a single bourbon cask, and is one of three in the series which…  More info

Chichibu 2015 (cask 5262) - Martial Arts Trilogy
$1,234.40

Sakurao Cask Strength Single Malt - 1st Release

70cl, 54%
Sakurao

The first release from Sakurao distillery. This Japanese single malt whisky matured in new American oak, sherry, and bourbon barrels, before a finishing period in mizunara barrels. This bottle was…  More info

Sakurao Cask Strength Single Malt - 1st Release
$307.58

Hakushu Spanish Oak 2021 Edition

70cl, 48%
Hakushu

From Suntory's Hakushu distillery and part of the Tsuriwake selection, the Spanish Oak 2021 Edition sees the acclaimed single malt Japanese whisky matured in Spanish oak casks, no less. This…  More info

Hakushu Spanish Oak 2021 Edition
$2,571.66

Hakushu Peated Malt 2021 Edition

70cl, 48%
Hakushu

This limited edition single malt from Suntory's Hakushi distillery was released in 2021 as part of its Tsukuriwake Selection. Only 300 bottles were produced of this peated Japanese whisky. This…  More info

Hakushu Peated Malt 2021 Edition
$1,234.40

Yamazaki Limited Edition 2014

70cl, 43%
Yamazaki

Originally released for the travel retail market, this 2014 limited edition Yamazaki single malt is a great find for enjoyers and collectors of Japanese whisky. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Yamazaki Limited Edition 2014
$1,851.60

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