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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.

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)
$109.21

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
$111.01

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
$111.01

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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$119.31

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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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
$122.42

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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$124.55

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

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
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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

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

Mars Komagatake Kohiganzakura - Nature of Shinshu

70cl, 52%
Mars

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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$129.74

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)

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

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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Mars Komagatake Tsunuki Aging

70cl, 59%
Mars

This single malt from Japan's Shinshu distillery was allowed to mature in the Tsunuki Aging Cellar for three years before being bottled at cask strength. Perhaps a hint of what's to come from the…  More info

Mars Komagatake Tsunuki Aging
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$144.45

Suntory Royal 12 Year Old Millennium

70cl, 43%
Suntory

A bottle of Suntory Royal 12 Year Old, dubbed Millennium. Suntory Royal was originally released in the 1960s in celebration of Suntory's 60th anniversary, and then this bottling was released to…  More info

Suntory Royal 12 Year Old Millennium

Suntory Royal Japanese Whisky

72cl, 43%
Suntory

A Japanese blended whisky from the legendary Suntory company. The expression was originally produced in honour of Suntory's 60th anniversary. An impressive whisky with a rather beautiful bottle, too.  More info

Suntory Royal Japanese Whisky

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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Yoichi Rum Wood Finish (bottled 2017)

70cl, 46%
Yoichi

A bottle of Yoichi single malt from Japanese whisky producers Nikka! This expression has been finished in a rum cask for a minimum of 12 months, before being bottled in 2017. An intriguing and tasty…  More info

Yoichi Rum Wood Finish (bottled 2017)
$171.26

Miyagikyo Rum Wood Finish (bottled 2017)

70cl, 46%
Miyagikyo

From Japanese whisky extraordinaires Nikka comes a rum-cask-finished single malt produced at the Miyagikyo distillery. This no age statement whisky enjoyed a finishing period of at least 12 months in…  More info

Miyagikyo Rum Wood Finish (bottled 2017)
$171.26

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)
$171.53

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