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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.

Hakushu Bourbon Barrel

70cl, 48.2%
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
2
$105.81

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
1
$106.02

Ichiro's Malt Wine Wood Reserve

70cl, 46%
Hanyu

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
$106.02

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
1
$106.02

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
2
$106.02

Ichiro’s Malt Mizunara Wood Reserve

70cl, 46%
Hanyu

Bottled in 2010, this was crafted by Ichiro Akuto, this is a vatting of various single malts which have been aged in Japanese Mizunara oak. It’s an incredible whisky, with loads of character from the…  More info

Ichiro’s Malt Mizunara Wood Reserve
$106.02

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, 57.3%
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
6
$110.26

Hakushu 18 Year Old 43.50%

70cl, 43.5%
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%

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)
$111.61

Hanyu 19 Year Old 1990 Cask 9305

70cl, 53.4%
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
30
$116.63

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%)
2
$121.93

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
11
$127.29

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
6
$129.89

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
$132.54

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
$132.54

Chichibu On The Way (bottled 2013)

70cl, 58.5%
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 (bottled 2013)
$134.66

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
$138.90

Ichiro's Malt 1991 Five of Clubs

70cl, 57.4%
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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Nikka 1995 Single Cask Coffey Grain

70cl, 60%
Nikka

A single cask Coffey grain whisky from Nikka. Coffey grain is whisky distilled in a Coffey column still, Nikka have had great success with several exquisite Coffey grain whisky in the past. This was…  More info

Nikka 1995 Single Cask Coffey Grain
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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)
$172.03

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)
$175.31

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