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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.

Kaiyo Whisky Cask Strength

70cl, 53%
Kaiyo

A cask strength variant of Kaiyo Whisky, a Japanese teaspooned malt which has endured a maturation in mizunara casks - known for being expensive though difficult for coopers to work with. These…  More info

Kaiyo Whisky Cask Strength
6
$101.04
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The Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky - Distiller’s Reserve

70cl, 43%
Yamazaki

Released in Spring 2014, this is one of two Distiller's Reserve single malt whiskies from Suntory in Japan. This single malt from the Yamazaki distillery is jam-packed with superb red berry notes,…  More info

The Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky - Distiller’s Reserve
63
$67.65
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Nikka Days

70cl, 40%
Nikka

Nikka Days is a brilliantly bright blended Japanese whisky from the legendary producer, featuring spirits from the Miyagikyo and Yoichi distilleries. The slightly peated whisky delicately balances…  More info

Nikka Days
12
$38.40
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Hatozaki Pure Malt

70cl, 46%
The Kaikyo Distillery

From the Kaikyo Distilley comes Hatozaki Pure Malt, made with 100% malt whiskies, including stocks distilled in Japan as well as imported malt whiskies. This one features spirits drawn from a trio of…  More info

Hatozaki Pure Malt
18
$47.49
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White Oak Akashi Blended Whisky

50cl, 40%
White Oak

A Japanese blended whisky that has been the subject of some controversy. The bottling for the home market in Japan is made with malt whisky and molasses spirit, which would not be classed as 'whisky'…  More info

White Oak Akashi Blended Whisky
34
$31.32

Super Nikka

70cl, 43%
Nikka

Blended whisky from Nikka. A very good blend all in all, with plenty of malt and dried fruit flavour.  More info

Super Nikka
1
$48.49
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Togouchi Premium Blended Japanese Whisky

70cl, 40%
Chugoku Jozo

Togouchi is a blended Japanese whisky from the producers Chugoku Jozo, who mature their whisky in a tunnel rather than a warehouse. The name comes from where the tunnel is located, in the town of…  More info

Togouchi Premium Blended Japanese Whisky
23
$40.41
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Hatozaki Blended

70cl, 40%
The Kaikyo Distillery

A blended whisky from the Kaikyo Distillery, the Hatozaki blend sees the marriage of both malt and grain whiskies, including whisky distilled in Japan and imported stocks. The whisky is named after…  More info

Hatozaki Blended
6
$34.35
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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
4
$79.82

The Matsui Sakura Cask

70cl, 48%
Kurayoshi

A single malt from the Kurayoshi Distillery, which resides in the foothills of Mt. Daisen. Released as part of the Matsui range, this particular expression has been matured in cherry wood casks -…  More info

The Matsui Sakura Cask
2
$122.72

Mars Maltage Cosmo

70cl, 43%
Mars

Mars Maltage Cosmo is a blended malt featuring whisky from the little-known Japanese distillery Shinshu, as well as whiskies from undisclosed Scottish distilleries. An intriguing expression...  More info

Mars Maltage Cosmo
13
$56.54
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Togouchi 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Chugoku Jozo

A 12 year old Japanese blended whisky, produced by Chugoku Jozo for the Togouchi range, who age their whiskies in a tunnel (makes a nice change from a warehouse, doesn't it?). Rather peaty, with…  More info

Togouchi 12 Year Old
7
$80.83
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Yamazakura Blended Whisky

70cl, 40%
Yamazakura

A blended whisky from Japan's Yamazakura range, which is brought to market by Japanese company Sasanokawa Shuzo. The name itself a portmanteau of two Japanese terms 'Yama' means 'mountain' and…  More info

Yamazakura Blended Whisky
8
$55.51

Tenjaku Whisky

70cl, 40%
Tenjaku

A tasty blended Japanese whisky here, Tanjaku is made with corn and barley, and aged in American white oak bourbon barrels. The Japanese characters you can spot on the label translate to "hibari",…  More info

Tenjaku Whisky
39
$25.32
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Fuyu Whisky

70cl, 40%
Fuyu

A blended Japanese whisky made with malts and grains from distilleries on Japan's Honshu island. For those not keeping track, that's the main island of Japan, housing the lion's share of Japanese…  More info

Fuyu Whisky
17
$39.38

Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt (2020 Release)

70cl, 43%
Nikka

A new edition of Nikka's Taketsuru Pure Malt, released in 2020! It features a new recipe, showing off the excellent balance of the Japanese whisky, alongside wafts of smoke and waves of creamy malt.…  More info

Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt (2020 Release)
2
$59.61

Kura The Whisky - Rum Cask Finish

70cl, 40%
Helios

A variation of Kura The Whisky blended malt whisky, which has enjoyed a finishing period in casks that previously held rum. We're rather fold of rum cask finished whiskies, as they help to bolster…  More info

Kura The Whisky - Rum Cask Finish
7
$91.23

Mars Komagatake Tsunuki Aging (Bottled 2020)

70cl, 54%
Shinshu

This expression, dubbed the Mars Komagatake Tsunuki Aging, is a single malt distilled at the Shinshu Distillery, but matured at the Tsunuki Distillery – both of which are owned by Mars. This is the…  More info

Mars Komagatake Tsunuki Aging (Bottled 2020)
$328.38

Hinotori 5 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Hinotori

This right here is a 5 year old blended Japanese whisky, released by the Hekinan Distillery. The whisky itself isn't chill filtered, and has a creamy flavour profile with plenty of vanilla and…  More info

Hinotori 5 Year Old
$65.63

The Kurayoshi Tottori Bourbon Barrel

70cl, 43%
Kurayoshi

A brill bourbon-barrel matured blend from Japan's Kurayoshi Tottori range, featuring a bounty of fruit and vanilla notes alongside a whisper of smoke. Ought to be good for sipping neat, or for…  More info

The Kurayoshi Tottori Bourbon Barrel
$45.42

Kaiyo The Peated

70cl, 46%
Kaiyo

A peaty edition of Kaiyo Whisky! Richly smoky, with complexy imparted by maturing in casks made from Mizunara oak, which is rather rare and exciting (though known for being a bit tough for coopers to…  More info

Kaiyo The Peated
$100.94

Nikka Days Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 40%
Nikka

A rather stylish gift pack from Nikka, featuring a bottle of its Nikka Days blended whisky, alongside two glasses, perfect for Highballs and the like. Nikka Days brings together whisky from the…  More info

Nikka Days Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
$50.46

White Oak Tokinoka Black

50cl, 50%
White Oak

Tokinoka Black is a Japanese whisky that was created by Akito Ueda, master blender at the White Oak distillery. It was made with a blend of malt whisky (50%) and grain whisky (50%) before being in…  More info

White Oak Tokinoka Black
$41.24
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Kamiki Sakura

50cl, 48%
Kamiki

An interesting expression here, Kamiki Sakura is a blended malt whisky which has enjoyed two finishing periods! The blend of malt whiskies is sourced from Japan and further afield, and it's matured…  More info

Kamiki Sakura
$76.74
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Mars Maltage Cosmo – Manzanilla Cask Finish

70cl, 42%
Mars

From Japan's Mars comes a lip-smacking release from the Cosmo range – this edition of the stellar* blended malt whisky has been given a finishing period in Manzanilla sherry casks. This has really…  More info

Mars Maltage Cosmo – Manzanilla Cask Finish
$100.99

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