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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.

The Yamazaki Mizunara 18 Year Old (2017 Edition)

70cl, 48%
Yamazaki

An extraordinarily exciting release from Yamazaki, which shows off the glory of mizunara wood maturation. This is an 18 year old single malt from the Japanese whisky distillery that has been fully…  More info

The Yamazaki Mizunara 18 Year Old (2017 Edition)
5
$10,084.88

Mars Komagatake x Chichibu Malt Duo

70cl, 54%
Mars

A really rather interesting blended malt whisky here from Japan, the Komagatake x Chichibu Malt Duo combines single malts from the Shinshu Distillery and the Chichibu Distillery! Thrilling to see two…  More info

Mars Komagatake x Chichibu Malt Duo
$503.48

Mars Komagatake Tsunuki Aging (Bottled 2020)

70cl, 54%
Shinshu

This expression, dubbed the Mars Komagatake Tsunuki Aging, is a single malt distilled at the Shinshu Distillery, but matured at the Tsunuki Distillery – both of which are owned by Mars. This is the…  More info

Mars Komagatake Tsunuki Aging (Bottled 2020)
$327.92

The Kurayoshi 18 Year Old

70cl, 50%
Kurayoshi

18 year old blended malt from the Kurayoshi range, created by the Matsui Shuzou distillery. Though not very well-known, Matsui Shuzou have created some rather marvellous expression for this series,…  More info

The Kurayoshi 18 Year Old
6
$211.44

Hibiki Japanese Harmony Master's Select

70cl, 43%
Hibiki

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
18
$196.75

Togouchi 15 Year Old

70cl, 43.8%
Chugoku Jozo

A 15 year old blended whisky from the Togouchi range, produced by the little-known Chugoku Jozo in Japan. They source whisky from Scotland and Canada, and then age it in a railway tunnel before…  More info

Togouchi 15 Year Old
$175.56
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The Matsui Sakura Cask

70cl, 48%
Kurayoshi

A single malt from the Kurayoshi Distillery, which resides in the foothills of Mt. Daisen. Released as part of the Matsui range, this particular expression has been matured in cherry wood casks -…  More info

The Matsui Sakura Cask
2
$122.54

The Matsui Mizunara Cask

70cl, 48%
Kurayoshi

From the Kurayoshi Distillery comes The Matsui Mizunara Cask, which unsuprisingly has been aged in rare Japanese Mizunara oak. The no age statement single malt was bottled at 48% ABV, after blending…  More info

The Matsui Mizunara Cask
3
$117.03

The Nikka Tailored

70cl, 43%
Nikka

A fabulous Japanese blended whisky from Nikka, Tailored brings together a core of malted barley from the Miyagikyo and Yoichi distilleries, along with Coffey still grain whisky! A brilliant balance…  More info

The Nikka Tailored
1
$110.99
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The Kurayoshi 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Kurayoshi

This is the 12 year old Kurayoshi expression - a blended malt from the little-known Matsui Shuzou distillery in Japan's Tottori Prefecture. These whiskies are made with malts sources from Scotland,…  More info

The Kurayoshi 12 Year Old
1
$109.13
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Kaiyo Whisky Cask Strength

70cl, 53%
Kaiyo

A cask strength variant of Kaiyo Whisky, a Japanese teaspooned malt which has endured a maturation in mizunara casks - known for being expensive though difficult for coopers to work with. These…  More info

Kaiyo Whisky Cask Strength
6
$100.90
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Mars Maltage Cosmo – Manzanilla Cask Finish

70cl, 42%
Mars

From Japan's Mars comes a lip-smacking release from the Cosmo range – this edition of the stellar* blended malt whisky has been given a finishing period in Manzanilla sherry casks. This has really…  More info

Mars Maltage Cosmo – Manzanilla Cask Finish
$100.85

Kaiyo The Peated

70cl, 46%
Kaiyo

A peaty edition of Kaiyo Whisky! Richly smoky, with complexy imparted by maturing in casks made from Mizunara oak, which is rather rare and exciting (though known for being a bit tough for coopers to…  More info

Kaiyo The Peated
$100.80

The Kurayoshi 8 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Kurayoshi

8 year old blended malt whisky from The Kurayoshi range, produced by Matsui Shuzou in the Tottori Prefecture. These whiskies are made with a blend of Scotch and Japanese malt whiskies, brought down…  More info

The Kurayoshi 8 Year Old
$97.87

Kura The Whisky - Rum Cask Finish

70cl, 40%
Helios

A variation of Kura The Whisky blended malt whisky, which has enjoyed a finishing period in casks that previously held rum. We're rather fold of rum cask finished whiskies, as they help to bolster…  More info

Kura The Whisky - Rum Cask Finish
7
$91.10

Kaiyo Whisky

70cl, 43%
Kaiyo

Kaiyo Whisky is very intriguing indeed, starting out as a teaspooned malt (with the bulk of the malt whisky coming from one distillery, along with a drop of malt whisky from another distillery,…  More info

Kaiyo Whisky
14
$83.64
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Togouchi 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Chugoku Jozo

A 12 year old Japanese blended whisky, produced by Chugoku Jozo for the Togouchi range, who age their whiskies in a tunnel (makes a nice change from a warehouse, doesn't it?). Rather peaty, with…  More info

Togouchi 12 Year Old
7
$80.71
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Kamiki Sakura

50cl, 48%
Kamiki

An interesting expression here, Kamiki Sakura is a blended malt whisky which has enjoyed two finishing periods! The blend of malt whiskies is sourced from Japan and further afield, and it's matured…  More info

Kamiki Sakura
$76.63
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Yoichi Single Malt

70cl, 45%
Yoichi

The latest Yoichi single malt will replace both the previous NAS release and the remaining age statement whiskies. The change comes as demand continues to stretch Nikka's aged stock, with this new…  More info

Yoichi Single Malt
25
$75.47
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The Kurayoshi Pure Malt

70cl, 43%
Kurayoshi

A blended malt from little-known Japanese whisky producer, Matsui Shuzou. It's made with whiskies sourced from Scottish distilleries, blended with Japanese whisky and volcanic-stone-filtered water.…  More info

The Kurayoshi Pure Malt
3
$73.65

Miyagikyo Single Malt

70cl, 45%
Miyagikyo

Replacing the previous NAS Miyagikyo single malt as well as the remaining age statement expressions, this single release will represent the distillery going forward as demand for Japanese whisky…  More info

Miyagikyo Single Malt
9
$71.63
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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
$70.58
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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
40
$67.60
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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
$67.55
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White Oak Akashi Single Malt

50cl, 46%
White Oak

Single malt Japanese whisky from the Akashi range, produced by White Oak in Hyogo, just west of Kobe. This non-age-statement release ought to prove rather interesting for whisky adventurers looking…  More info

White Oak Akashi Single Malt
7
$67.34
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