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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.

Karuizawa 8 Year Old Pure Malt

70cl, 40%
Karuizawa

An 8 year old whisky from the Karuizawa distillery, this is a very rare bottling for the Japanese market, and offers up notes of plum wine, hints of peat, and whiffs of the coast.  More info

Karuizawa 8 Year Old Pure Malt

963 8 Year Old Blended Malt (57%)

70cl, 57%
Yamazakura

An 8 year old blended malt whisky, released as part of the 963 series of expressions. These whiskies are created by Sasanokawa Shuzo, the company also responsible for making the Yamazakura…  More info

963 8 Year Old Blended Malt (57%)

963 8 Year Old Blended Malt (59%)

70cl, 59%
Yamazakura

From Sasanokawa Shuzo's 963 range comes an 8 year old blended malt, not often seen outside of Japan! Sasanokawa Shuzo also produce the Yamazakura range of whiskies, and have been producing whisky…  More info

963 8 Year Old Blended Malt (59%)

Ichiro's Malt & Grain

70cl, 46%
Ichiro

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

Ichiro's Malt & Grain
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The Kurayoshi Sherry Cask

70cl, 43%
Kurayoshi

A sherried expression from the Kurayoshi range, created by little-known Japanese whisky producer Matsui Shuzou (also known for sake and shochu). These whiskies are blended malts, made with whiskies…  More info

The Kurayoshi Sherry Cask
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Kirin Fuji-Sanroku Signature Blend

70cl, 50%
Kirin

A Japanese blended whisky rarely seen around these parts of the globe, this is the Signature Blend from Kirin Fuji-Sanroku. Kirin is one of the biggest producers of drinks in Japan, with its Fuji…  More info

Kirin Fuji-Sanroku Signature Blend
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The Kurayoshi Pure Malt Sherry Cask

70cl, 43%
Kurayoshi

The second of the two Sherry-influenced Malts in the Kurayoshi portfolio (the first being The Kurayoshi Sherry Cask), The Kurayoshi Pure Malt Sherry Cask is a 100% malted barley whisky, which was…  More info

The Kurayoshi Pure Malt Sherry Cask

Mars Maltage Cosmo - Wine Cask Finish

70cl, 43%
Mars

It's a wine cask finished edition of Mars Maltage Cosmo! The blended malt features whisky from the Japanese Shinshu distillery alongside whiskies from undisclosed Scottish distilleries, too, and was…  More info

Mars Maltage Cosmo - Wine Cask Finish
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Karuizawa 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Karuizawa

A very rare 12 year old Karuizawa, bottled for the Japanese market. This has a lot of interesting flavour to it, with some smoke and stone fruit. Earthy too…  More info

Karuizawa 12 Year Old

Yoichi 10 Year Old Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 45%
Yoichi

A very well known and well loved Japanese single malt, the Yoichi 10 Year Old is a total classic. Plenty of fruit, plenty of vanilla and a deft touch of peat smoke running through it - marvellous…  More info

Yoichi 10 Year Old Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

Chichibu The First

70cl, 61.8%
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

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

The Shinobu 10 Year Old Pure Malt

70cl, 43%
Shinobu

Here we have a 10 year old blended malt from the Shinobu range! This one spent most of its days in bourbon and sherry casks before it was transferred to Japanese Mizanura oak for a finish, imparting…  More info

The Shinobu 10 Year Old Pure Malt
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Kura The Whisky

70cl, 40%
Helios

The Helios distillery in Okinawa Japan may be more well-known for producing rums and awamori (a type of rice-based drink only produced in Okinawa), but they been known to dip their toe in the world…  More info

Kura The Whisky
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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, 48.2%
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
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White Oak Akashi 5 Year Old Sherry Cask

50cl, 50%
White Oak

This expression from White Oak was aged for five years in sherry casks, and it's brimming with sweet, unctuous character that makes it a glorious sipper neat, it would also make a delightful Highball…  More info

White Oak Akashi 5 Year Old Sherry Cask

Ichiro's Malt Double Distilleries

70cl, 46%
Ichiro

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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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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Ichiro’s Malt Mizunara Wood Reserve

70cl, 46%
Ichiro

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
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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

Hibiki Japanese Harmony - Limited Edition

70cl, 43%
Hibiki

A limited edition bottling of Hibiki Japanese Harmony released in celebration of the brand's 30th anniversary. It features a beautifully intricate design upon the bottle and comes with the rather…  More info

Hibiki Japanese Harmony - Limited Edition
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Ichiro’s Malt Hanyu 15 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Ichiro

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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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%

The Nikka 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Nikka

A fantastic 12 year old blended Japanese whisky from Nikka presented in a bottle that takes its design from the neckline of a kimono. Enjoy neat, over ice or in a classic highball.  More info

The Nikka 12 Year Old
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