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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.

Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel 2011 (48%)

70cl, 48%
Yamazaki

This is a rare bottling of Yamazaki single malt whisky aged in bourbon barrels and released as part of their Cask Collection series (which also includes whisky matured in Sherry casks, puncheons and…  More info

Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel 2011 (48%)

Ichiro's Malt Wine Wood Reserve

70cl, 46%
Ichiro

A "Pure Malt" (as the label says) whisky from the Ichiro's Malt series, containing whisky from the closed Hanyu distillery and matured, vatted and bottled at the Chichibu distillery. This edition was…  More info

Ichiro's Malt Wine Wood Reserve
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Chichibu On The Way (bottled 2015)

70cl, 55.5%
Chichibu

This is a 2015 bottling of single malt from Japan's small but fantastic Chichibu distillery, released as part of their On The Way series. Japanese whisky enthusiasts will want to get their hands on a…  More info

Chichibu On The Way (bottled 2015)
$110.49

Karuizawa 1980 Golden Samurai

70cl, 61.6%
Karuizawa

Rare Japanese single malt whisky from the sadly closed Karuizawa, distilled in 1980 and bottled in 2015. It was first presented as a Dream Dram at The Whisky Show 2015. The back label reads: "On…  More info

Karuizawa 1980 Golden Samurai
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Karuizawa 15 Year Old 1992 (cask 3434) - Editor's Choice (Whisky Magazine)

70cl, 60.6%
Karuizawa

A rare single cask bottling of 15 year old Japanese single malt from the sadly closed Karuizawa distillery in Japan. Distilled in 1992, it spent over 15 years in an American oak Sherry butt and was…  More info

Karuizawa 15 Year Old 1992 (cask 3434) - Editor's Choice (Whisky Magazine)

Yamazakura 16 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Yamazakura

A 16 year old whisky made from a mashbill of 80% corn and 20% malted barley brought to market by Japanese company Sasanokawa Shuzo. It was matured in ex-bourbon barrels and only 1,992 bottles have…  More info

Yamazakura 16 Year Old
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Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel 2013 (48.2%)

70cl, 48.2%
Yamazaki

From the 2013 Yamazaki Cask Collection release comes a Japanese single malt whisky aged in bourbon barrels. This maturation has imparting gorgeous notes of vanilla and honey, with a subtle touch of…  More info

Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel 2013 (48.2%)
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Suntory Whisky Royal

70cl, 43%
Suntory

A rare bottle of Suntory Whisky Royal, a classic blend from the legendary Japanese whisky producer. With its unique bottle shape and the history behind the company (and the whisky itself - the…  More info

Suntory Whisky Royal

Mars Komagatake 2012 (bottled 2016) (cask 1555) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

70cl, 58.8%
Mars

A single cask offering of Japanese whisky from the little-known Shinshu distillery, bottled as part of La Maison du Whisky's 60th Anniversary celebrations. It was distilled in 2012 (a year after the…  More info

Mars Komagatake 2012 (bottled 2016) (cask 1555) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)
$173.55

Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016

70cl, 48%
Yamazaki

With the 2013 release having been named World Whisky of the Year in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2015, this is a hugely anticipated release of Sherried Japanese whisky. Just 5,000 of these sought-after…  More info

Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016
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Karuizawa 1982 Cask 8497 - Koi

70cl, 46%
Karuizawa

A fantastic bourbon-matured Karuizawa which was distilled in 1982. It's a single cask whisky from the distillery's Koi range and, accordingly, it features a nice drawing of a carp on the…  More info

Karuizawa 1982 Cask 8497 - Koi

Ichiro's Malt The Joker (colour)

70cl, 57.7%
Ichiro

The final card in the legendary Ichiro's Malt Card series from the closed distillery of Hanyu (along with the even rarer single cask monochrome Joker). The colour Joker is a single malt from 14 casks…  More info

Ichiro's Malt The Joker (colour)
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Karuizawa 29 Year Old 1984 (cask 3662)

70cl, 61%
Karuizawa

A rather beautiful bottling of 29 year old Japanese single malt whisky from the Karuizawa distillery, distilled in 1984 and matured in a Sherry cask. The distillery sadly shut its doors for the last…  More info

Karuizawa 29 Year Old 1984 (cask 3662)

Nikka Whisky From The Barrel with Hip Flask

50cl, 51.4%
Nikka

An awesome set from Nikka, containing a bottle of their cracking Nikka Whisky From The Barrel, along with a hip flask which mimics the iconic bottle's shape.  More info

Nikka Whisky From The Barrel with Hip Flask

Nikka Pure Malt White

50cl, 43%
Nikka

Poised and slightly peaty. Pure Malt White is a blended malt with whisky from Nikka's excellent distilleries. Really recommend this.  More info

Nikka Pure Malt White
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$42.77

Nikka Whisky From The Barrel - 3 Litre

300cl, 51.4%
Nikka

Want to know how to elicit gasps and exclamations of "Wow!" from a room full of whisky lovers? Bring out a 3 litre bottle of Nikka Whisky From The Barrel. That's right, 3 litres of this incredible,…  More info

Nikka Whisky From The Barrel - 3 Litre
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Miyagikyo Sherry Cask

70cl, 48%
Miyagikyo

One of two limited edition expressions released by Nikka in 2015 (along with the Yoichi Heavily Peated). The Miyagikyo Sherry Cask single malt is exactly what it sounds like - tasty whisky from the…  More info

Miyagikyo Sherry Cask

Miyagikyo Sherry & Sweet

50cl, 55%
Miyagikyo

A single malt from the Miyagikyo in Japan, with a sweet and Sherried flavour profile. As such, they decided to use a rather straightforward name for this release - Miyagikyo Sherry & Sweet. This…  More info

Miyagikyo Sherry & Sweet
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Miyagikyo Fruity & Rich

50cl, 55%
Miyagikyo

This is a collectible bottling of Japanese single malt from the Miyagikyo distillery, with quite a 'to-the-point' name. It's Fruity & Rich - by name and by nature. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Miyagikyo Fruity & Rich

Yoichi Woody & Vanillic

50cl, 55%
Yoichi

A rare, interesting release of Yoichi single malt from Nikka which wears its heart on its sleeve. Or, rather, its flavour profile - this expression is titled Woody & Vanillic. This bottle was part…  More info

Yoichi Woody & Vanillic
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Nikka Coffey Malt 11 Year Old 2003 (cask 130541)

70cl, 58%
Nikka

A single cask release of Nikka Coffey Malt, which is just what it sounds like - malt whisky distilled using a Coffey still. It's not technically a single malt because it wasn't made using a pot…  More info

Nikka Coffey Malt 11 Year Old 2003 (cask 130541)

Yoichi Sherry & Sweet

50cl, 55%
Yoichi

From a series of Yoichi Japanese single malt with particular descriptive names, this is the Yoichi Sherry & Sweet. Now, we know what you're thinking. "I bet this rare expression is well-Sherried and…  More info

Yoichi Sherry & Sweet

Nikka Whisky From the Barrel Cocktail Set

50cl, 51.4%
Nikka

We've said it before - many times in fact - Nikka's Whisky from the Barrel is staggeringly good stuff, with just the right balance of toffee sweetness and rich malty flavour and a tinge of smoke for…  More info

Nikka Whisky From the Barrel Cocktail Set
$58.11

Nikka Coffey Grain 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 209699)

70cl, 63%
Nikka

A single cask bottling of Nikka Coffey Grain whisky, distilled using their Coffey stills in December 1999 and left to mature in cask #209699 until July 2014. It has been bottled at an impressive cask…  More info

Nikka Coffey Grain 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 209699)

Hanyu 1990 (bottled 2007) (cask 9511)

70cl, 55.5%
Hanyu

A rare bottling of single malt whisky from Japan's Hanyu distillery, which sadly closed in the early 2000s. This particular bottling was distilled in 1990 and aged in a bourbon hogshead. Following a…  More info

Hanyu 1990 (bottled 2007) (cask 9511)

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