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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.

Japanese Whisky
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 continuous...  More info
$60.68
Hakushu 10 Year Old
(70cl, 40.50%)
A beautiful 10 year old single malt from Suntory's Hakushu distillery, known for its lightly peaty, fruity flavour. Beautiful on the rocks, or in a cracking Mizuwari.  More info
A fragrant and lightly spiced Isawa blended whisky created at the Monde Shuzo distillery in Japan.  More info
User Rating:  (3 Reviews)
$61.18
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 to...  More info
User Rating:  (2 Reviews)
$62.19
Yamazaki 10 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
A 10 year old single malt from the Yamazaki distillery, aged in bourbon barrels. A lovely fruity dram, quite floral.  More info
User Rating:  (16 Reviews)
$64.39
Nikka Super Whisky
(70cl, 43%)
Blended whisky from Nikka. A very good blend all in all, with plenty of malt and dried fruit flavour.  More info
User Rating:  (2 Reviews)
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
User Rating:  (2 Reviews)
$72.18
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
$74.39
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
User Rating:  (19 Reviews)
A perfect example of Suntory's beautiful craftsmanship, this gift set contains miniatures of Yamazaki 12 year old, Hibiki 17 year old, and Hakushu 12 year old!  More info
$77.82
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
$81.73
Ths Spirit of Asama is an incredible, legendary whisky from Japan's Karuizawa distillery. It is a vatting of 77 different sherry casks which were laid down in 1999 and 2000. The sherry character in...  More info
User Rating:  (5 Reviews)
$84.75
Hakushu 12 Year Old 43.5%
(70cl, 43.50%)
A 12 year old single malty from Suntory. The Hakushu distillery sits in the forests not far from the Japanese Alps.  More info
User Rating:  (8 Reviews)
$84.75
Ginkgo
(70cl, 46%)
A Japanese blended malt, this was created by Ichiro Akuto who once worked at the Hanyu distillery. Ginkgo is the name of a tree which is believed to date back 150 million years, used for its medicinal...  More info
$86.07
Yamazaki Sherry Cask
(70cl, 48%)
A wonderfully full bodied malt from Yamazaki. This was aged in first fill Oloroso sherry butts for around 12 to 15 years. A limited release of 16,000 bottles.  More info
Whisky from the closed distillery of Karuizawa in Japan is fairly in demand these days. !****Understatement Klaxon***! With that in mind, the idea behind the Spirit of Asama releases is quite simple...  More info
User Rating:  (3 Reviews)
$95.56
Yamazaki Puncheon
(70cl, 48%)
A more recent addition to the Yamazaki line, Puncheon is bottled at the higher strength of 48%, and it was matured in a large 480 litre puncheon cask, which is affords the whisky slower maturation...  More info
Yamazaki 12 Year Old
(70cl, 43%)
This 12 year old from Yamazaki first came onto the market in 1984 and was the first seriously marketed Japanese single malt whisky.  More info
User Rating:  (67 Reviews)
$100.40
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
$100.40
Yamazaki Sherry 2012
(70cl, 48%)
This is a sherry cask matured Japanese Single Malt Whisky from Yamazaki. Rather than blending a selection of different cask types together, Yamazaki have just selected whisky matured in ex-Sherry...  More info
$101.17
Togouchi 12 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
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 spicy...  More info
User Rating:  (1 Review)
$102.51
Ichiro's Malt & Grain
(70cl, 46%)
A lovely blended whisky from Japan, created by Ichiro Akuto, the Japanese whisky extraordinaire. This particular gem is made with both malt and grain whisky from Japan as well as (possibly) some...  More info
$104.16
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
$106.17
Yoichi 10 Year Old
(70cl, 45%)
A very well made single malt from Japan, Yoichi is the jewel in Nikka's crown, their 10 year old offering notes of vanilla and fruit. One batch of this received 93 points in the Jim Murray Whisky...  More info
User Rating:  (11 Reviews)
$106.64
A rare bottle of 8 year old blended malt from Nikka. A very creamy, fruity whisky with oodles of flavour and complexity!  More info
User Rating:  (2 Reviews)
$108.97
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