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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.

Karuizawa 1985 Single Cask 7017

70cl, 60.80%
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.  More info

Karuizawa 1985 Single Cask 7017

Yoichi 1991 Single Cask (Nikka)

70cl, 58%
Yoichi

A single cask from Yoichi. This was distilled on the 7th February 1991, and matured for 18 years in cask number 129374 before bottling at cask strength on the 10th July 2009.  More info

Yoichi 1991 Single Cask (Nikka)
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Hanyu 1991 Cask 370

70cl, 57.30%
Hanyu

A single cask from the Hanyu distillery in South Japan. Distilled in 1991, matured in a hogshead and finished in Japanese oak before bottling 2009. An outturn of 361 bottles.  More info

Hanyu 1991 Cask 370

Hanyu 19 Year Old 1990 Cask 9305

70cl, 53.40%
Hanyu

An incredible single cask from the Hanyu distillery, aged for 19 years. This was hogshead matured and finished in a top quality Spanish Sherry Butt (the Japanese are sticklers for great oak!). A…  More info

Hanyu 19 Year Old 1990 Cask 9305

Ichiro's Malt 1991 Five of Clubs

70cl, 57.40%
Hanyu

Part of the cult Ichiro's malt range of playing-card themed whiskies, distilled at the Hanyu distillery. This Five of Clubs was finished in a Japanese Mizunara oak Hogshead! Part of a release of just…  More info

Ichiro's Malt 1991 Five of Clubs
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Noh Hanyu 21 Year Old 1988 Cask 9306

70cl, 55.60%
Hanyu

A very special Hanyu bottled by Number One Drinks. This was distilled in 1988, aged for 21 years in Spanish Oak Sherry Butt number 9306 before bottling in 2009. A release of 625 bottles. This has one…  More info

Noh Hanyu 21 Year Old 1988 Cask 9306

Yoichi 1989

70cl, 55%
Yoichi

The stunning 1989 vintage Yoichi, this overwhelmingly put together, aged in bourbon, new oak and an Oloroso sherry butt. The results are very full bodied and utterly characteristic of a Japanese…  More info

Yoichi 1989

Yamazaki Sherry Cask

70cl, 48%
Yamazaki

A wonderfully full bodied malt from Yamazaki. This was aged in first fill Oloroso sherry butts for around 12 to 15 years. A limited release of 16,000 bottles.  More info

Yamazaki Sherry Cask

Nikka in Tube 5 Miniatures

20cl, 44.10%
Nikka

A set of tubed miniatures demonstrating the wonderful character of Nikka whisky. There are samples of: Nikka Pure Malt Red, White and Black, Nikka All Malt and Nikka Whisky From The Barrel.  More info

Nikka in Tube 5 Miniatures

Ichiro's Malt 1986 King of Hearts

70cl, 55.40%
Hanyu

An incredible addition to the Ichiro's Malt Card range. Each whisky, in very modish style, is named after a playing card. We love them! This was distilled at the Hanyu distillery in 1986, and aged in…  More info

Ichiro's Malt 1986 King of Hearts

Ichiro's Malt Double Distilleries

70cl, 46%
Hanyu

From the cracking Ichiro’s Malt range, this is a vatting of whisky from both the Hanyu and Chichibu distilleries. The whisky was matured in Japanese oak, and vatted and bottled at Chichibu in 2010.  More info

Ichiro's Malt Double Distilleries
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$105.23

Nikka 1995 Single Cask Coffey Grain

70cl, 60%
Nikka

A single cask Coffey grain whisky from Nikka. Coffey grain is whisky distilled in a Coffey column still, Nikka have had great success with several exquisite Coffey grain whisky in the past. This was…  More info

Nikka 1995 Single Cask Coffey Grain
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Chichibu 12 Year Old Golden Horse

70cl, 56%
Chichibu

By gosh by golly, hold on to your horses. It's a super rare Chichibu, bottled by Golden Horse. This was bottled at cask strength in July 2008, and all the bottlers are numbered. Expect a lot of…  More info

Chichibu 12 Year Old Golden Horse
$158.26

Karuizawa 17 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Karuizawa

Fans of Japanese whisky looking at this product will likely be shaking with excitement. That's because this is a super rare 17 year old bottled for Japan and not intended for the UK market. But we've…  More info

Karuizawa 17 Year Old
$233.19

The Malt of Kagoshima 25 Year Old 1984 (Mars Whisky)

72cl, 46%
Kagoshima

Very rare Japanese whisky, there is very, very little Kagoshima whisky anywhere in the world, as the distillery is now long closed. This whisky is made by vatting together five casks from the…  More info

The Malt of Kagoshima 25 Year Old 1984 (Mars Whisky)
$229.57

Karuizawa 8 Year Old Pure Malt

70cl, 40%
Karuizawa

An 8 year old whisky from the Karuizawa distillery, this is a very rare bottling for the Japanese market, and offers up notes of plum wine, hints of peat, and whiffs of the coast.  More info

Karuizawa 8 Year Old Pure Malt

Hanyu 1988 "Big Butt" Cask 9306

70cl, 55%
Hanyu

A release of 200 numbered bottles from cask 9306. Distilled at Hanyu in 1988 and bottled in 2009. Very buttery and rich whisky, plus, let's face it, the label is quite funny!  More info

Hanyu 1988
$151.01

Ichiro’s Malt Hanyu 15 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Hanyu

A delicious 15 year old Hanyu from the Ichiro’s malt range. This was distilled in 1995 and was finished in French oak. The results are stunning!  More info

Ichiro’s Malt Hanyu 15 Year Old
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$125.62

Karuizawa 19 Year Old - 10th Anniversary Whisky Live

70cl, 60%
Karuizawa

A fantastic sherry butt-matured Karuizawa. This was distilled in 1990, and aged for 19 years in cask number 6446 before it was bottled at a cask strength in 2009. It was bottled for Whisky Live in…  More info

Karuizawa 19 Year Old - 10th Anniversary Whisky Live
$302.08

The Fuji Gotemba 15 Year Old Single Grain Whisky

70cl, 43%
Fuji Gotemba

A very rare and hard-to-come-by Japanese grain whisky from the Fuji Gotemba distillery. It was founded in 1973 by Kirin, and is highly unusual.  More info

The Fuji Gotemba 15 Year Old Single Grain Whisky
$205.39

Karuizawa 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Karuizawa

A very rare 12 year old Karuizawa, bottled for the Japanese market. This has a lot of interesting flavour to it, with some smoke and stone fruit. Earthy too…  More info

Karuizawa 12 Year Old
$101.46

Hanyu 1990 "The Wave" Cask 9305

70cl, 53%
Hanyu

A very rare bottling of single cask Hanyu, this was bottled from cask 9305, and there are just 200 bottles, all at natural cask strength. Serge from WhiskyFun.com awarded it a very impressive 91…  More info

Hanyu 1990
$302.08

Nikka Super Whisky - Genshu

37cl, 55.50%
Nikka

A blended malt, made with whisky from several of Nikka's distilleries. This is bottled at cask strength. Very rare and worth a try - bottled for the Japanese market.  More info

Nikka Super Whisky - Genshu

Hakushu 10 Year Old

70cl, 40.50%
Hakushu

A beautiful 10 year old single malt from Suntory's Hakushu distillery, known for its lightly peaty, fruity flavour. Beautiful on the rocks, or in a cracking Mizuwari.  More info

Hakushu 10 Year Old
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Nikka 70th Anniversary Selection

280cl, 58%
Nikka

Absolutely beautiful! Just looking at this makes us feel all warm inside. This incredible selection was specially made for Nikka's 70th Anniversary. Included are engraved bottles of cask strength…  More info

Nikka 70th Anniversary Selection

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