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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.

Yamazaki 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Yamazaki

Yamazaki is Suntory's flagship single malt whisky, from Japan's first and oldest malt distillery. This 12 year old first came onto the market in 1984 and was the first seriously marketed Japanese…  More info

Yamazaki 12 Year Old
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$136.18
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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
63
$67.53
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Hibiki Japanese Harmony

70cl, 43%
Hibiki

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
98
$70.56
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Miyagikyo Limited Edition 2019

70cl, 48%
Miyagikyo

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Miyagikyo, Nikka as released a limited edition single malt from this legendary distillery (as well as a limited edition expression from Yoichi). It features…  More info

Miyagikyo Limited Edition 2019

Nikka Black - 1990s

72cl, 42%
Nikka

A 1990s bottling of Nikka Black, a Japanese blended whisky that doesn't often find its way to these shores. The handsome chap on the label looks to be enjoying a glass of the whisky too. He's got a…  More info

Nikka Black - 1990s

Hanyu 2000 (cask 531)

70cl, 58.5%
Hanyu

Bottlings of Hanyu single malt are incredibly rare indeed, as they only produced whisky from the 1980s to 2000 when the distillery closed. This particularly handsome bottling was distilled in 2000…  More info

Hanyu 2000 (cask 531)

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

Yamazaki Puncheon 2020

70cl, 48%
Yamazaki

From the Yamazaki Distillery comes a sublime single malt whisky that was matured in puncheon casks before being bottled up at 48% ABV. Previous releases from Yamazaki matured in these large casks…  More info

Yamazaki Puncheon 2020

Yamazaki Peated Malt 2020

70cl, 48%
Yamazaki

A peated single malt whisky from Japan's Yamazaki Distillery! Peaty whiskies from Yamazaki are not very common at all, with just a smidge of peat featuring in its regularly released expressions. A…  More info

Yamazaki Peated Malt 2020

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

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

Karuizawa 32 Year Old 1976 (cask 6719) - Noh Whisky

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

Karuizawa 32 Year Old 1976 (cask 6719) - Noh Whisky

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

Ichiro's Malt 1991 Five of Clubs

70cl, 57.4%
Ichiro

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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Hanyu 21 Year Old 1988 (cask 9306) - Noh Whisky

70cl, 55.6%
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

Hanyu 21 Year Old 1988 (cask 9306) - Noh Whisky

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, 44.1%
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, 55.4%
Ichiro

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
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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

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