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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.

The Kurayoshi 8 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Kurayoshi

8 year old blended malt whisky from The Kurayoshi range, produced by Matsui Shuzou in the Tottori Prefecture. These whiskies are made with a blend of Scotch and Japanese malt whiskies, brought down…  More info

The Kurayoshi 8 Year Old
$97.84

The Kurayoshi Tottori

70cl, 43%
Kurayoshi

Here we have a 700ml bottling of The Kurayoshi Tottori! Combining a blend of Scottish and Japanese malts and grains, this flagship expression takes its name from the Tottori Prefecture of Japan.…  More info

The Kurayoshi Tottori
$40.30
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Hibiki 21 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Hibiki

Hibiki 21 was named World's Best Blended Whisky at the 2013 World Whiskies Awards and was awarded 96 points in Jim Murray's 2014 Whisky Bible. Dr. Whisky says it's 'Unbelievably balanced, and…  More info

Hibiki 21 Year Old
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$1,210.45

Nikka Whisky From The Barrel Gift Pack

50cl, 51.4%
Nikka

A wonderful Japanese whisky gift set from Nikka. This pack includes the classic "Whisky From The Barrel", as well as two branded glasses and a speed pourer. Brilliant!  More info

Nikka Whisky From The Barrel Gift Pack
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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 Shinobu 15 Year Old Pure Malt

70cl, 43%
Shinobu

Another top blended malt from Shinobu, this 15 year old expression is wonderfully honeyed, spicy and mouth-filling. Its flavour profile is thanks to an initial maturation in bourbon and sherry casks,…  More info

The Shinobu 15 Year Old Pure Malt
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Hibiki 17 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Hibiki

A world renowned Japanese blend, Hibiki 17 Year Old is made with aged malt and grain whiskies from Suntory's distilleries. Initially released in 1989, the blend is matured in Japanese mizunara oak…  More info

Hibiki 17 Year Old
37
$398.46

The Matsui Sakura Single Cask (cask 326)

70cl, 48%
Kurayoshi

A single cask bottling of The Matsui single malt Japanese whisky, which matured in a cask made from cherry wood - and just the one cask, mind! An intriguing expression from the little-known Kurayoshi…  More info

The Matsui Sakura Single Cask (cask 326)
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Karuizawa 28 Year Old 1983 (cask 7576) - Noh Whisky

70cl, 57.2%
Karuizawa

From the legendary and sadly silent Karuizawa Distillery comes this awesome 28 Year Old! Distilled over in Japan in 1983, it was matured in a single sherry butt, before it was finally bottled almost…  More info

Karuizawa 28 Year Old 1983 (cask 7576) - Noh Whisky
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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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Yoichi Apple Brandy Cask Finish

70cl, 47%
Nikka

One of two whiskies released by Nikka in 2020 celebrating the 100th wedding anniversary of its founder Masataka Taketsuru and Rita Cowan. This expression is a Yoichi single malt which has been…  More info

Yoichi Apple Brandy Cask Finish
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Hibiki 17 Year Old - Kacho Fugetsu

70cl, 43%
Hibiki

A wonderful rare blend from the ever-awesome Hikibi, Kacho Fugestu was sadly discontinued in 2018. This impressive bottle is designed to reflect the beauty of Japanese nature, and in classic Hibiki…  More info

Hibiki 17 Year Old - Kacho Fugetsu
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Kirin Fuji-Sanroku

70cl, 50%
Kirin

Blended Japanese whisky from Kirin's Fuji Gotemba distillery, which is situated in the foothills of Mt. Fuji. In fact, the label even calls this whisky "A gift from Mt. Fuji", making it a much better…  More info

Kirin Fuji-Sanroku
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Karuizawa 17 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Karuizawa

Fans of Japanese whisky looking at this product will likely be shaking with excitement. That's because this is a super rare 17 year old bottled for Japan and not intended for the UK market. But we've…  More info

Karuizawa 17 Year Old
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Yoichi 10 Year Old

70cl, 45%
Yoichi

A very well made single malt from Japan, Yoichi is the jewel in Nikka's crown, their 10 year old offering notes of vanilla and fruit. One batch of this received 93 points in the Jim Murray Whisky…  More info

Yoichi 10 Year Old
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Yoichi 20 Year Old (Old Bottling)

70cl, 52%
Yoichi

An older-style bottling of the magnificent Yoichi 20 Year Old single malt whisky, a very well loved Japanese whisky. One of the many delicious expressions from the Nikka Whisky collections. An ace…  More info

Yoichi 20 Year Old (Old Bottling)
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Yoichi Sherry Wood Finish (bottled 2018)

70cl, 46%
Yoichi

A limited edition bottle of Yoichi single malt, delicately peated and finished in sherry casks before it was bottled at 46% ABV by Nikka in 2018. The maritime nature of Yoichi whisky, combined with…  More info

Yoichi Sherry Wood Finish (bottled 2018)
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Yamazaki Mizunara 2013

70cl, 48%
Yamazaki

2013 marks the 90th anniversary of the Yamazaki distillery, which opened in 1923. What better way to celebrate than with another year of their very popular Cask Collection? This is the 2013 release…  More info

Yamazaki Mizunara 2013
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Karuizawa 32 Year Old 1977 (cask 4592) - Noh Whisky

70cl, 60.7%
Karuizawa

This release, from the acclaimed 'Noh Performers' series is a 1977 Karuizawa with an absolutely astonishing pedigree. Look closely, and the whisky is tinged slightly green in colour, a product of the…  More info

Karuizawa 32 Year Old 1977 (cask 4592) - Noh Whisky
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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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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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Nikka Taketsuru 25 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Nikka

The 25 year old edition of Nikka's Taketsuru blended malt whisky is a very rare sight. The Taketsuru expression was named in honour of the company's founder, Masataka Taketsuru, made with malt…  More info

Nikka Taketsuru 25 Year Old
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963 Malt & Grain (59%)

70cl, 59%
Yamazakura

An interesting blended whisky from Japanese producer, Sasanokawa Shuzo (whom are also the chaps behind the Yamazakura whiskies). As noted on the label, Sasanokawa Shuzo got into the whisky game back…  More info

963 Malt & Grain (59%)
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Mars Komagatake Tsunuki Aging

70cl, 59%
Shinshu

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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Ichiro's Malt The Joker (colour)

70cl, 57.7%
Ichiro

The final card in the legendary Ichiro's Malt Card series from the closed distillery of Hanyu (along with the even rarer single cask monochrome Joker). The colour Joker is a single malt from 14 casks…  More info

Ichiro's Malt The Joker (colour)
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