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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 Nikka 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Nikka

A fantastic 12 year old blended Japanese whisky from Nikka presented in a bottle that takes its design from the neckline of a kimono. Enjoy neat, over ice or in a classic highball.  More info

The Nikka 12 Year Old
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$101.44

Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky

70cl, 45%
Nikka

Using the two Coffey stills at the Miyagikyo distillery, which were imported from Scotland to Japan in 1963, Nikka have produced a number of single cask single grain whiskies from time to time over…  More info

Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky
11
$60.26

Hakushu 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Hakushu

This whisky hails from the Japanese distillery of Hakushu set in a forest and was once twice the size with an east and west distillery on the site.  More info

Hakushu 12 Year Old
25
$100.31

Hibiki Japanese Harmony Master's Select

70cl, 43%
Suntory

Originally released for the Travel Retail Market, Hibiki Japanese Harmony Master's Select is a smashing Japanese blended whisky that displays a harmonious flavour profile (as you might expect from…  More info

Hibiki Japanese Harmony Master's Select
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$100.31

The Hakushu Single Malt Whisky - Distiller’s Reserve

70cl, 43%
Hakushu

From the Hakushu distillery in the foothills of Mount Kaikomagatake comes their Distiller's Reserve single malt whisky, a no-age-statement expression, that captures the smoky, herbaceous…  More info

The Hakushu Single Malt Whisky - Distiller’s Reserve
14
$58.74

Nikka Taketsuru 17 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Nikka

This is a great 17 year old blended malt named for Nikka's founder, the whisky-pilgrim Masataka Taketsuru.  More info

Nikka Taketsuru 17 Year Old
17
$210.03

Hibiki Japanese Harmony

70cl, 43%
Suntory

Harmony - a rather apt word to describe this well-balanced Japanese blended whisky from the Hibiki range. Hibiki Japanese Harmony is made with malt whiskies from the Yamazaki and Hakushu…  More info

Hibiki Japanese Harmony
39
$64.61

Nikka Whisky From The Barrel

50cl, 51.4%
Nikka

Nikka Whisky From the Barrel is one of the greatest value for money whiskies in the world. An incredible Japanese whisky, so much power! We can't recommend this enough.  More info

Nikka Whisky From The Barrel
100
$41.49

The Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky - Distiller’s Reserve

70cl, 43%
Yamazaki

Released in Spring 2014, this is one of two Distiller's Reserve single malt whiskies from Suntory in Japan. This single malt from the Yamazaki distillery is jam-packed with superb red berry notes,…  More info

The Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky - Distiller’s Reserve
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$57.15

Yamazaki 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Yamazaki

This 12 year old from Yamazaki first came onto the market in 1984 and was the first seriously marketed Japanese single malt whisky.  More info

Yamazaki 12 Year Old
85
$97.53

Hakushu Sherry Cask 2013

70cl, 48%
Hakushu

This is the 2013 release of Hakushu Sherry Cask single malt. This was released as part of a collection alongside a heavily peated Hakushu and four expressions from Suntory's other Japanese malt…  More info

Hakushu Sherry Cask 2013

Suntory Royal Japanese Whisky

72cl, 43%
Suntory

A Japanese blended whisky from the legendary Suntory company. The expression was originally produced in honour of Suntory's 60th anniversary. An impressive whisky with a rather beautiful bottle, too.  More info

Suntory Royal Japanese Whisky

Yamazaki Age Unknown

75cl, 43%
Yamazaki

Bottled by Keizo Saji, this extraordinarily rare Japanese whisky remains something of a mystery although it's believed that most of the whiskies contained within were distilled back in the…  More info

Yamazaki Age Unknown

The Nikka 40 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Nikka

Dressed in its smart 'kimono' bottle like its younger sibling The Nikka 12 Year Old, as well as a wooden presentation box, this extraordinary well-aged blended Japanese whisky is something very, very…  More info

The Nikka 40 Year Old
$4,964.24

Suntory "The Art of Japanese Whisky" Set

15cl, 40%
Suntory

A perfect example of Suntory's beautiful craftsmanship, this gift set contains miniatures of Yamazaki 12 year old, Hibiki 17 year old, and Hakushu 12 year old!  More info

Suntory

Hanyu 1988 "Nice Butt" Cask 9307

70cl, 55%
Hanyu

Yes, this whisky genuinely is called "Nice Butt". There's really not much else to say (all the whiskies in this range seem to have very suggestive labels!). Other than the fact this is a super rare…  More info

Hanyu 1988

Miyagikyo 1990 Single Cask (Nikka)

70cl, 61%
Miyagikyo

A Japanese single cask whisky from Nikka. This was distilled at Miyagikyo in 1990 and matured for 19 years in cask number 36385 before bottling at cask strength in July of 2009.  More info

Miyagikyo 1990 Single Cask (Nikka)

Miyagikyo 1988

70cl, 50%
Miyagikyo

A blend of four different styles of Miyagikyo whisky (with varying levels of peat). This was matured in a recharred casks and a sherry butt, will sell out very fast!  More info

Miyagikyo 1988

Ginkgo

70cl, 46%
Ginkgo

A Japanese blended malt, this was created by Ichiro Akuto who once worked at the Hanyu distillery. Ginkgo is the name of a tree which is believed to date back 150 million years, used for its…  More info

Ginkgo

Nikka Coffey Malt 12 Year Old

70cl, 55%
Nikka

Yeah, yeah, we know it's not really a single malt (because it was distilled in a Coffey column still, rather than a pot still). This is, however, a fantastic 12 year old limited release from Nikka.…  More info

Nikka Coffey Malt 12 Year Old

Noh Karuizawa 1976 Cask 6719

70cl, 63%
Karuizawa

A very well aged dram! This 32 year old was distilled at Karuizawa in 1976 and matured in a sherry butt, single cask number 6719. Noh is a form of Japanese theatre, the label features a Noh performer.  More info

Noh Karuizawa 1976 Cask 6719

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.  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, 57.3%
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, 53.4%
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

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