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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.

Suntory Toki

70cl, 43%
Suntory

A blended whisky from Suntory's three distilleries: Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita. Toki has a different composition to another Suntory blend, Hibiki, as its main components are Hakashu single malt and…  More info

Suntory Toki
2
$32.48

White Oak Akashi Blended Whisky

50cl, 40%
White Oak

A Japanese blended whisky that has been the subject of some controversy. The bottling for the home market in Japan is made with malt whisky and molasses spirit, which would not be classed as 'whisky'…  More info

White Oak Akashi Blended Whisky
26
$33.97
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Nikka Whisky From The Barrel

50cl, 51.4%
Nikka

Nikka Whisky From the Barrel is one of the greatest value for money whiskies in the world. An incredible Japanese whisky, so much power! We can't recommend this enough.  More info

Nikka Whisky From The Barrel
140
$42.11
$35.78

White Oak Tokinoka Blended Whisky

50cl, 40%
White Oak

A Japanese blended whisky from the White Oak distillery, which is in Hyogo, just west of Kobe. Makes for a good value-for-money introduction to the world of Japanese whisky. White Oak is also known…  More info

White Oak Tokinoka Blended Whisky
$36.84

The Kurayoshi Tottori

70cl, 43%
Kurayoshi

The Tottori range from Japan's Kurayoshi is a series of blended whisky made with Scottish and Japanese malts and grains. This is the flagship expression from the range, which the producers recommend…  More info

The Kurayoshi Tottori
$37.16

Nikka Blended Whisky

70cl, 40%
Nikka

From the Japanese distillers Nikka comes their blended whisky, the Nikka Blended Whisky. Yep, that's it. A simple name, a minimalist bottle, a refined label - the focus here is on the expertly-made…  More info

Nikka Blended Whisky
13
$37.77
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963 Malt & Grain Black Label

70cl, 46%
Yamazakura

A blended whisky from Japan's Sasanokawa Shuzo and its 963 whisky selection. This one features a hearty helping of peat smoke at its core (in contract to the unpeated Red Label expression), so if…  More info

963 Malt & Grain Black Label
$41.44

963 Malt & Grain Red Label

70cl, 46%
Yamazakura

From the 963 whisky range made by Japan's Sasanokawa Shuzo comes the 963 Malt & Grain Red Label. Unlike the smoke-driven Black Label expression, Red Label is an unpeated expression, which shows off…  More info

963 Malt & Grain Red Label
$41.44

Nikka All Malt

70cl, 40%
Nikka

A blended Japanese whisky from Nikka made with malt from Yoichi and a combination of malt and Coffey Still whisky from Miyagikyou.  More info

Nikka All Malt
18
$42.11
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The Kurayoshi Tottori Bourbon Barrel

70cl, 43%
Kurayoshi

A blended whisky from The Kurayoshi range, made with malt and grain whiskies from Scotland and Japan. This expression is aged in bourbon barrels, helping to develop hefty helpings of intense vanilla…  More info

The Kurayoshi Tottori Bourbon Barrel
$42.25

Fuyu Whisky

70cl, 40%
Fuyu

A blended Japanese whisky made with malts and grains from distilleries on Japan's Honshu island. For those not keeping track, that's the main island of Japan, housing the lion's share of Japanese…  More info

Fuyu Whisky
1
$43.32

White Oak Akashi Meïsei

50cl, 40%
White Oak

A blended Japanese whisky from White Oak, said to be made with 45% American oak matured single malt. We also understand that Meïsei translates roughly as 'celebrity' in Japanese.  More info

White Oak Akashi Meïsei
3
$43.32
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Togouchi Premium Blended Japanese Whisky

70cl, 40%
Chugoku Jozo

Togouchi is a blended Japanese whisky from the producers Chugoku Jozo, who mature their whisky in a tunnel rather than a warehouse. The name comes from where the tunnel is located, in the town of…  More info

Togouchi Premium Blended Japanese Whisky
20
$44.46
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Nikka Pure Malt Red

50cl, 43%
Nikka

Pure Malt Red is a Japanese blended malt in a charming looking bottle! This is made up of malt whisky from the Nikka distilleries Yoichi and Miyagikyo. The result is a fruit, creamy, buttery, and…  More info

Nikka Pure Malt Red
2
$47.70
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Nikka Pure Malt Black

50cl, 43%
Nikka

Jim Murray scored different batches of Pure Malt Black with 92 and 95 points respectively. This is a great dram, a blended malt made up of whisky from Nikka's Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries. Full…  More info

Nikka Pure Malt Black
13
$50.13
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Togouchi Kiwami

70cl, 40%
Chugoku Jozo

Kiwami (meaning 'supreme') is a blended Japanese whisky from Chugoku Jozo who mature their whiskies in a 361 metre long tunnel rather than a warehouse, which is fun.  More info

Togouchi Kiwami
$50.97
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Fujikai 10 Year Old

50cl, 43%
Monde Shuzo

A 10 year old Japanese whisky from Monde Shuzo, released in partnership with Whiskies du Monde. Fujikai takes its name from the fact that Monde Shuzo, a winery that also produces the Isawa whiskies,…  More info

Fujikai 10 Year Old
14
$53.62
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The Chita

70cl, 43%
Chita

Japanese single grain whisky from the Chita distillery, one of the selection of fantastic distilleries owned by Suntory. This is their main expression - a whisky matured in a combination of Sherry,…  More info

The Chita
11
$54.15
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Yamazakura Blended Whisky

70cl, 40%
Yamazakura

A blended whisky from Japan's Yamazakura range, which is brought to market by Japanese company Sasanokawa Shuzo. The name itself a portmanteau of two Japanese terms 'Yama' means 'mountain' and…  More info

Yamazakura Blended Whisky
7
$54.57
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Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt

70cl, 43%
Nikka

A non-age-statement expression of Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt whisky, named after the company's founder, Masataka Taketsuru. It features plenty of whisky from the Miyagikyo distillery, as well as…  More info

Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt
41
$60.10
$55.96
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Golden Horse Bushu

70cl, 43%
Golden Horse

A blended whisky from the Golden Horse range, owned by Japanese company, Toashuzo. The Golden Horse brand previously had age statements on their labels, though since relaunching in 2016 (following a…  More info

Golden Horse Bushu
$56.20

Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky

70cl, 45%
Nikka

While most distilleries use their Coffey stills only to make grain whisky, Nikka use the two Coffey stills at their Miyagikyo distillery to create malt whisky too. The Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky was…  More info

Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky
21
$60.54

Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky

70cl, 45%
Nikka

Using the two Coffey stills at the Miyagikyo distillery, which were imported from Scotland to Japan in 1963, Nikka have produced a number of single cask single grain whiskies from time to time over…  More info

Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky
20
$60.54
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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
44
$61.30

Super Nikka

70cl, 43%
Nikka

Blended whisky from Nikka. A very good blend all in all, with plenty of malt and dried fruit flavour.  More info

Super Nikka
1
$62.53
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