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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.

Suntory Royal Japanese Whisky - 1970s

75cl, 43%
Suntory

Made to celebrate their 60th anniversary as a company, Suntory Royal whisky is a rare sight these days. This particular antique bottling was produced in Japan during the 1970s.  More info

Suntory Royal Japanese Whisky - 1970s
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Hibiki 12 Year Old - Gift Pack 50cl

50cl, 43%
Hibiki

A fantastic gift pack containing a tasting glass alongside the excellent Hibiki 12 Year Old blended Japanese whisky, which already comes in the most handsome decanter bottle.  More info

Hibiki 12 Year Old - Gift Pack 50cl

Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky 50cl

50cl, 45%
Nikka

After releasing a number of single cask Coffey distilled grain whiskies, this is Nikka's larger release of their Japanese single grain whisky. It is mostly made of corn and distilled in the…  More info

Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky 50cl

Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel 2012 (48.2%)

70cl, 48.2%
Yamazaki

In 2012 Yamazaki decided to release de-construct their Japanese Single Malt Whisky so you can appreciate the various types of casks used to make their award-winning malt. This bottle is the Bourbon…  More info

Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel 2012 (48.2%)

Nikka Taketsuru 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Nikka

The 12 year old variant of Nikka's incredible range of blended malts, named after the company's founder, Masataka Taketsuru. Very good indeed.  More info

Nikka Taketsuru 12 Year Old
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Karuizawa 48 Year Old 1964 (cask 3603)

70cl, 57.7%
Karuizawa

This is an extremely rare, extremely old bottling from the exulted Karuizawa distillery in Japan. Aged for just over 48 years in a 400-litre Sherry Oak cask, at the time of bottling, it is the oldest…  More info

Karuizawa 48 Year Old 1964 (cask 3603)
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Taketsuru 21 Year Old - Non-Chill Filtered

70cl, 48%
Nikka

A limited edition bottling of Nikka's Taketsuru 21 Year Old blended malt whisky, which has been bottled without chill-filtration, to capture every subtlety of the aroma and flavour. The blend was…  More info

Taketsuru 21 Year Old - Non-Chill Filtered

Karuizawa 1972 (cask 7290)

70cl, 65%
Karuizawa

Fans of Japanese whisky, you may want to be sitting down for this one - what we have here is a rare bottling of 1972 vintage Karuizawa single malt, bottled by Number One Drinks Company. After the…  More info

Karuizawa 1972 (cask 7290)

Yoichi 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 129459)

70cl, 62%
Yoichi

An incredible single cask Yoichi single malt whisky, aged for 23 years in cask #129459. It was distilled in February 1991 and bottled in July 2014 at 62% ABV. An excellent release from the renowned…  More info

Yoichi 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 129459)

Hakushu Bourbon Barrel

70cl, 48.2%
Hakushu

The much anticipated Hakushu Bourbon Barrel sees the gently peated Japanese whisky aged entirely in first fill bourbon barrels. This has resulted in a great deal of creamy sweetness - absolutely…  More info

Hakushu Bourbon Barrel
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Isawa Japanese Blended Whiskey

50cl, 40%
Monde Shuzo

A fragrant and lightly spiced Isawa blended whisky created at the Monde Shuzo distillery in Japan.  More info

Isawa Japanese Blended Whiskey
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Yoichi 20 Year Old

70cl, 52%
Yoichi

An outstanding single malt from the Yoichi distillery, highly rated by whisky critics - Jim Murray awarded it 95 points. Incredibly mature, even for a 20 year old dram. Delicious!  More info

Yoichi 20 Year Old
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Chichibu On The Way (bottled 2013)

70cl, 58.5%
Chichibu

This is a Japanese single malt whisky from the Chichibu distillery, opened by Ichiro Akuto back in 2008. Their On The Way expression was bottled in 2013 while the distillery was "on the way" to…  More info

Chichibu On The Way (bottled 2013)

Yoichi 10 Year Old Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 45%
Yoichi

A very well known and well loved Japanese single malt, the Yoichi 10 Year Old is a total classic. Plenty of fruit, plenty of vanilla and a deft touch of peat smoke running through it - marvellous…  More info

Yoichi 10 Year Old Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

Nikka Whisky Six Pillars Gift Box

360cl, 44.9%
Nikka

Please note that there is a very small amount of damage to the box, as well as the labels of the Nikka Coffey Grain and Taketsuru 21 Year Old, but this is still an incredibly handsome piece. A…  More info

Nikka Whisky Six Pillars Gift Box

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 dram.  More info

Miyagikyo 10 Year Old

Miyagikyo 15 Year Old

70cl, 45%
Miyagikyo

As you work your way along the Miyagikyo range, you witness the beautiful fruity, floral balance become fuller, and more complex. Jim Murray awarded this a whopping 92 points! It's an incredible…  More info

Miyagikyo 15 Year Old
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Miyagikyo 12 Year Old

70cl, 45%
Miyagikyo

That same purity and balanced as in the Miyagikyou 10 year old, only the 12 offers more body and a stronger sherry character. Very good stuff!  More info

Miyagikyo 12 Year Old
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Suntory Royal Whisky

70cl, 43%
Suntory

Suntory Royal Whisky is a blended Japanese whisky that hit the shelves back in 1960. It was first produced in honour of the 60th anniversary of Suntory - here's to many more! We've even had a few…  More info

Suntory Royal Whisky

Chichibu The Peated 2010 (bottled 2013)

70cl, 53.5%
Chichibu

A peated single malt Japanese whisky from the Chichibu range, distilled in 2010 and bottled in 2013. For this release, they peated the barley to 59.6 PPM, resulting in a richly smoky flavour profile…  More info

Chichibu The Peated 2010 (bottled 2013)
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Togouchi 18 Year Old (43%)

70cl, 43%
Chugoku Jozo

An 18 year old blended whisky from Japanese producer, Chugoku Jozo. Bottled for the Togouchi range, which are aged in tunnels rather than a warehouse, this is on the higher end of the age scale for…  More info

Togouchi 18 Year Old (43%)
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Suntory Excellence

75cl, 43%
Suntory

An old bottling of rare Suntory blended whisky from Japan complete with presentation box!  More info

Suntory Excellence

Suntory Kakubin Whisky - 1980s

70cl, 40%
Suntory

Suntory Kakubin is an ancient blended whisky from Japan, bottled in the 1980s. Very hard to find this stuff anymore!  More info

Suntory Kakubin Whisky - 1980s
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Ichiro's Malt Chichibu 2009 Port Pipe (bottled 2013)

70cl, 54.5%
Ichiro

A rare Port pipe matured Chichibu bottled in 2013. A fruity bottling from a Japanese distillery that always shows well at relatively young ages. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Ichiro's Malt Chichibu 2009 Port Pipe (bottled 2013)
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Karuizawa 2000 Sea Dragon Cask (cask 166) (bottled 2013)

70cl, 64.3%
Karuizawa

A rare Japanese single malt from the closed distillery of Karuizawa. Matured in a single Sherry butt from 2000 to 2013, it was originally bottled in Japan exclusively for La Maison du Whisky. This…  More info

Karuizawa 2000 Sea Dragon Cask (cask 166) (bottled 2013)

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