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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.

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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$105.83

Karuizawa 1985 Single Cask 7017

70cl, 60.80%
Karuizawa

Single cask Japanese whisky. This was distilled at the Karuizawa distillery in 1985 and matured in single cask number 7017 before bottling at cask strength on the 16th October 2009.  More info

Karuizawa 1985 Single Cask 7017

Ichiro's Malt Double Distilleries

70cl, 46%
Hanyu

From the cracking Ichiro’s Malt range, this is a vatting of whisky from both the Hanyu and Chichibu distilleries. The whisky was matured in Japanese oak, and vatted and bottled at Chichibu in 2010.  More info

Ichiro's Malt Double Distilleries
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$106.67

Chichibu The First

70cl, 61.80%
Chichibu

The incredibly well-anticipated release from Ichiro Akuto's Chichibu distillery. A distillery with the finest name ever. This was released in the UK in 2012.  More info

Chichibu The First
$108.96

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
$110.19

Nikka Taketsuru 17 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Nikka

This is a great 17 year old blended malt named for Nikka's founder, the whisky-pilgrim Masataka Taketsuru.  More info

Nikka Taketsuru 17 Year Old
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$116.31

Nikka Coffey Malt 12 Year Old

70cl, 55%
Nikka

Yeah, yeah, we know it's not really a single malt (because it was distilled in a Coffey column still, rather than a pot still). This is, however, a fantastic 12 year old limited release from Nikka.…  More info

Nikka Coffey Malt 12 Year Old

Hakushu Bourbon Barrel

70cl, 48.20%
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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$122.19

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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$122.44

Yoichi 12 Year Old

70cl, 45%
Yoichi

The pot stills of the Yoichi distillery are still directly heated, proffering hot spots in the stills, which in turn gives the whisky some wonderful sweet, rich notes. This is one of the richest 12…  More info

Yoichi 12 Year Old
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$122.44

Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2013

70cl, 48%
Yamazaki

This 2013 release of Yamazaki no-age statement single malt Japanese whisky which has been matured solely in sherry casks, released as part of their annual Cask Collection range. The whisky from…  More info

Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2013
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Hanyu 1991 Cask 370

70cl, 57.30%
Hanyu

A single cask from the Hanyu distillery in South Japan. Distilled in 1991, matured in a hogshead and finished in Japanese oak before bottling 2009. An outturn of 361 bottles.  More info

Hanyu 1991 Cask 370

Ichiro’s Malt Hanyu 15 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Hanyu

A delicious 15 year old Hanyu from the Ichiro’s malt range. This was distilled in 1995 and was finished in French oak. The results are stunning!  More info

Ichiro’s Malt Hanyu 15 Year Old
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$127.34

Hakushu 18 Year Old 43.50%

70cl, 43.50%
Hakushu

An intense, utterly delicious 18 year old single malt, distilled at Hakushu. This is full, fruity, and very, very malty.  More info

Hakushu 18 Year Old 43.50%
$128.57

Hanyu 19 Year Old 1990 Cask 9305

70cl, 53.40%
Hanyu

An incredible single cask from the Hanyu distillery, aged for 19 years. This was hogshead matured and finished in a top quality Spanish Sherry Butt (the Japanese are sticklers for great oak!). A…  More info

Hanyu 19 Year Old 1990 Cask 9305

Hibiki 17 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Suntory

This Japanese blend was awarded an "Editor's Choice" from Whisky Magazine. Hibiki 17 year old is a superb whisky from Suntory.  More info

Hibiki 17 Year Old
40
$134.69

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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$140.82

Yoichi 15 Year Old

70cl, 45%
Yoichi

A delicious single malt from the Yoichi distillery, founded by Masataka Taketsuru in 1934. Taketsuru deemed the terroir to be perfect for whisky production, as this 15 year old will testify.  More info

Yoichi 15 Year Old
12
$147.01

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
8
$150.00

Hanyu 1988 "Big Butt" Cask 9306

70cl, 55%
Hanyu

A release of 200 numbered bottles from cask 9306. Distilled at Hanyu in 1988 and bottled in 2009. Very buttery and rich whisky, plus, let's face it, the label is quite funny!  More info

Hanyu 1988
$153.06

Hanyu 1988 "Nice Butt" Cask 9307

70cl, 55%
Hanyu

Yes, this whisky genuinely is called "Nice Butt". There's really not much else to say (all the whiskies in this range seem to have very suggestive labels!). Other than the fact this is a super rare…  More info

Hanyu 1988
$153.06

Chichibu On The Way

70cl, 58.50%
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
$155.52

Noh Karuizawa 1976 Cask 6719

70cl, 63%
Karuizawa

A very well aged dram! This 32 year old was distilled at Karuizawa in 1976 and matured in a sherry butt, single cask number 6719. Noh is a form of Japanese theatre, the label features a Noh performer.  More info

Noh Karuizawa 1976 Cask 6719

Chichibu 12 Year Old Golden Horse

70cl, 56%
Chichibu

By gosh by golly, hold on to your horses. It's a super rare Chichibu, bottled by Golden Horse. This was bottled at cask strength in July 2008, and all the bottlers are numbered. Expect a lot of…  More info

Chichibu 12 Year Old Golden Horse
$160.41

Ichiro's Malt 1991 Five of Clubs

70cl, 57.40%
Hanyu

Part of the cult Ichiro's malt range of playing-card themed whiskies, distilled at the Hanyu distillery. This Five of Clubs was finished in a Japanese Mizunara oak Hogshead! Part of a release of just…  More info

Ichiro's Malt 1991 Five of Clubs
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