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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.

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)

Sanmi-Ittai Single Cask Batch No. 9585

70cl, 57.6%
Sanmi-Ittai

The Hanyu Distillery opened in 1941 but sadly closed its doors in 2000, meaning that casks from the Japanese distillery remain are a rarity. One of the few remaining casks has been used as a base for…  More info

Sanmi-Ittai Single Cask Batch No. 9585

Sanmi-Ittai Single Cask Batch No. 9586

70cl, 57.6%
Sanmi-Ittai

Sanmi-Ittai, meaning Trinitas in Latin, which means Trinity in English, is a tribute to the three founders of the Hanyu Distillery which was built in 1941, though sadly was forced to close in 2000.…  More info

Sanmi-Ittai Single Cask Batch No. 9586

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

Togouchi 18 Year Old (43.8%)

70cl, 43.8%
Chugoku Jozo

Chugoku Jozo's 18 year old whisky blended in Japan from Scottish malt and Canadian grain. Part of the Togouchi range, it's aged in a railway tunnel rather than a warehouse! This is the 43.8% abv…  More info

Togouchi 18 Year Old (43.8%)
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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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Mars Komagatake Single Malt (2018 Edition)

70cl, 48%
Shinshu

A limited edition single malt from Mars Shinshu. This 2018 expression is made up of both peated and unpeated whiskies, aged in American oak bourbon barrels. The gentle Japanese whisky was bottled…  More info

Mars Komagatake Single Malt (2018 Edition)

The Matsui The Peated

70cl, 48%
Kurayoshi

A peated whisky from the Kurayoshi Distillery, released as part of The Matsui series and dubbed The Peated! It's pot distilled and then matured in white oak bourbon casks, before bottling at 48% ABV.…  More info

The Matsui The Peated

Nikka Black Memorial Special Blend - 1990s

72cl, 40%
Nikka

Here we have the limited edition Black Memorial Special Blend from Nikka, which we reckon was produced in the 1990s. You don't have to wear the same attire as the fellow on the label to drink it, but…  More info

Nikka Black Memorial Special Blend - 1990s

Nikka Black - 1990s

72cl, 42%
Nikka

A 1990s bottling of Nikka Black, a Japanese blended whisky that doesn't often find its way to these shores. The handsome chap on the label looks to be enjoying a glass of the whisky too. He's got a…  More info

Nikka Black - 1990s

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
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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

Mars Komagatake Kohiganzakura - Nature of Shinshu

70cl, 52%
Shinshu

The second bottling from the Nature of Shinshu series produced by the eponymous Japanese distillery. The Kohiganzakura honours the cherry blossom prevalent in Japan (and around the distillery itself,…  More info

Mars Komagatake Kohiganzakura - Nature of Shinshu
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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)

Mars Komagatake Single Malt (2019 Edition)

70cl, 48%
Shinshu

It's the 2019 edition of the wonderful annual limited edition single malt from Mars Shinshu! The no age statement whisky was drawn from American oak bourbon barrels, just like its 2018 predecessor,…  More info

Mars Komagatake Single Malt (2019 Edition)

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

Mars Komagatake Single Malt (2020 Edition)

70cl, 50%
Shinshu

Rejoice, because we've got another edition of Mars Shinshu's annual single malt release! This is the 2020 Edition, distilled at Japan's Shinshu distillery and drawn from a combination of sherry and…  More info

Mars Komagatake Single Malt (2020 Edition)

Akashi 6 Year Old (cask 61695) - Red Wine Cask

50cl, 50%
White Oak

From Japan's White Oak distillery comes this 6 year old Akashi single malt. The whisky was initially aged for 5 years in Cognac casks, before being transferred to a first-fill red wine barrel for a…  More info

Akashi 6 Year Old (cask 61695) - Red Wine Cask

Ichiro's Malt 1991 Five of Clubs

70cl, 57.4%
Ichiro

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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Hibiki Japanese Harmony - 2021 Limited Edition

70cl, 43%
Hibiki

This is the 2021 limited edition bottling of Hibiki's excellent Japanese Harmony blended whisky! The brilliantly harmonious whisky has been presented in a bottle adorned with artwork depicting…  More info

Hibiki Japanese Harmony - 2021 Limited Edition

Mars Komagatake Shinanotanpopo - Nature of Shinshu

70cl, 52%
Shinshu

The third release in the Nature of Shinshu range from Mars Shinshu is the Shinanotanpopo single malt Japanese whisky, which was made by combining a well-aged whisky from their warehouses with a much…  More info

Mars Komagatake Shinanotanpopo - Nature of Shinshu
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Okayama Single Malt

70cl, 40%
Miyashita

A single malt Japanese whisky from the Miyashita Distillery, in the Okayama Prefecture in the south of Japan. Miyashita produced the whisky in celebration of their 100th anniversary (they have long…  More info

Okayama Single Malt
$136.17

White Oak Akashi Single Malt 5 Year Old

50cl, 50%
White Oak

This is a 5 year old single malt from little-known White Oak, based in Hyogo (just west of Kobe). It was aged in a Sherry cask for those 5 years, resulting in generous helpings of lip-smacking…  More info

White Oak Akashi Single Malt 5 Year Old
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Yamazaki 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Yamazaki

Yamazaki is Suntory's flagship single malt whisky, from Japan's first and oldest malt distillery. This 12 year old first came onto the market in 1984 and was the first seriously marketed Japanese…  More info

Yamazaki 12 Year Old
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$136.21

White Oak Akashi 5 Year Old White Wine Cask

50cl, 50%
White Oak

Single malt whisky here from the White Oak Akashi range, matured for five years in a white wine cask. It's usually red wine casks that you see whisky matured in, but right here we're looking at one…  More info

White Oak Akashi 5 Year Old White Wine Cask

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