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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.

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

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)

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

Ichiro’s Malt Hanyu 15 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Ichiro

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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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

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

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
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Nikka Super Whisky - Genshu

37cl, 55.5%
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

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

Yamazaki 1984

70cl, 48%
Yamazaki

A very rare, very exclusive vintage, Yamazaki 1984 was matured in American, European and Japanese Mizunara oak and it was awarded a Gold at the International Spirits Challenge.  More info

Yamazaki 1984
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Chichibu The First

70cl, 61.8%
Chichibu

The incredibly well-anticipated release from Ichiro Akuto's Chichibu distillery. A distillery with the finest name ever. This was released in the UK in 2012.  More info

Chichibu The First

Ichiro's Malt Hanyu 23 Year Old

70cl, 58%
Ichiro

A staggeringly good 23 year old Hanyu! This was made with spirit distilled in 1985 and 1986, which was then aged in sherry wood. This cask strength release was bottled for the Ichiro’s malt range…  More info

Ichiro's Malt Hanyu 23 Year Old
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Yamazaki 60 Months Old (Rare Bottling)

75cl, 43%
Yamazaki

An incredibly rare, "60 month old" Yamazaki single malt from Suntory bottled for the Japanese market. A real collector's piece.  More info

Yamazaki 60 Months Old (Rare Bottling)

Hakushu 18 Year Old 43.50%

70cl, 43.5%
Hakushu

An intense, utterly delicious 18 year old single malt, distilled at Hakushu. This is full, fruity, and very, very malty.  More info

Hakushu 18 Year Old 43.50%

Yoichi 20 Year Old 1990

70cl, 50%
Yoichi

This stunning Yoichi was distilled in 1990 and released in the beginning of early 2011 after 20 years of ageing. It is made with four different types of single malt, all made at the Yoichi distillery.  More info

Yoichi 20 Year Old 1990

Ichiro’s Malt Mizunara Wood Reserve

70cl, 46%
Ichiro

Bottled in 2010, this was crafted by Ichiro Akuto, this is a vatting of various single malts which have been aged in Japanese Mizunara oak. It’s an incredible whisky, with loads of character from the…  More info

Ichiro’s Malt Mizunara Wood Reserve
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Karuizawa 29 Year Old 1982 (cask 8529) - Noh Whisky

70cl, 58.8%
Karuizawa

Strictly one per customer... Sharing is caring.From the Noh range, this is an astonishing Karuizawa which was distilled in 1982 and aged in a bourbon cask for 29 years before bottling. The result is…  More info

Karuizawa 29 Year Old 1982 (cask 8529) - Noh Whisky
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Yamazaki 50 Year Old

70cl, 57%
Yamazaki

Strictly one per customer Allow us to introduce the rarest and oldest Japanese single malt whisky of all time. Packaged impeccably and aged in the very finest Japanese Mizunara oak, this is a true…  More info

Yamazaki 50 Year Old
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Nikka Coffey Malt 1998

70cl, 62%
Nikka

Nikka have experimented with distilling malted barley through a Coffey or continuous still which are more commonly used for grain whiskies. Technically this isn't a single malt whisky because it…  More info

Nikka Coffey Malt 1998
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Yamazaki Puncheon 2012

70cl, 48%
Yamazaki

Yamazaki have matured this Japanese Single Malt Whisky in a Puncheon cask which at 480 litres in larger than the 230 litre Hogshead casks more often used. The result is that the whisky matures much…  More info

Yamazaki Puncheon 2012

Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel 2012 (48%)

70cl, 48%
Yamazaki

This is the staggering 2012 edition of Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel - a rich Japanese single malt aged exclusively in ex-bourbon casks. Very creamy and, at 48%, rather intense too!  More info

Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel 2012 (48%)

SMWS No. 120.1 21 Year Old 1981

70cl, 60.7%
Hakushu

Distilled at Hakushu and bottled by the renowned SMWS, this is an incredibly rare, highly collectible bottle of top-quality Japanese single malt. It was distilled in November 1981 before a 21 year…  More info

SMWS No. 120.1 21 Year Old 1981

Hakushu Heavily Peated

70cl, 48%
Hakushu

A heavily peated release from Suntory's Hakushu distillery. Intense peat concentration combined with the fantastic distillery character of Hakushu. Well, well worth a go this one…  More info

Hakushu Heavily Peated

Hakushu 12 Year Old 43.5%

70cl, 43.5%
Hakushu

A 12 year old single malty from Suntory. The Hakushu distillery sits in the forests not far from the Japanese Alps.  More info

Hakushu 12 Year Old 43.5%
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