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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.

Suntory Royal Japanese Whisky - 1980s (Boxed)

Suntory

It is amazing that this 1980s bottling of Suntory Royal has been so well looked after over the past 40 years. It looks brand new! It's not, it's rather old, but even the presentation box is in…  More info

Suntory Royal Japanese Whisky - 1980s (Boxed)
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Yamazaki Mizunara 2012

70cl, 48%
Yamazaki

Mizunara is a type of oak tree found in Japan and Yamazaki mature a portion of their Japanese Single Malt Whisky in Mizunara and blend this whisky into their various bottlings. The Yamazaki Mizunara…  More info

Yamazaki Mizunara 2012
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Miyagikyo Non Age

50cl, 43%
Miyagikyo

A no age statement single malt whisky from the Miyagikyo distillery in the Miyagi Prefecture. Characteristic of their expressions, this Miyagikyo single malt features plenty of interplay between…  More info

Miyagikyo Non Age
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Ichiro's Malt Chichibu 2009 Port Pipe (bottled 2013)

70cl, 54.5%
Ichiro

A rare Port pipe matured Chichibu bottled in 2013. A fruity bottling from a Japanese distillery that always shows well at relatively young ages. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Ichiro's Malt Chichibu 2009 Port Pipe (bottled 2013)
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Chichibu The Peated 2010 (bottled 2013)

70cl, 53.5%
Chichibu

A peated single malt Japanese whisky from the Chichibu range, distilled in 2010 and bottled in 2013. For this release, they peated the barley to 59.6 PPM, resulting in a richly smoky flavour profile…  More info

Chichibu The Peated 2010 (bottled 2013)
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Karuizawa 48 Year Old 1964 (cask 3603)

70cl, 57.7%
Karuizawa

This is an extremely rare, extremely old bottling from the exulted Karuizawa distillery in Japan. Aged for just over 48 years in a 400-litre Sherry Oak cask, at the time of bottling, it is the oldest…  More info

Karuizawa 48 Year Old 1964 (cask 3603)
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Suntory Royal Japanese Whisky - 1970s

75cl, 43%
Suntory

Made to celebrate their 60th anniversary as a company, Suntory Royal whisky is a rare sight these days. This particular antique bottling was produced in Japan during the 1970s.  More info

Suntory Royal Japanese Whisky - 1970s
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Suntory Royal Special Reserve 1960s

75cl, 43%
Suntory

Suntory have been producing fantastic Japanese whisky since the 1920s, although the company was founded before that. In celebration of their 60th anniversary, they created the Suntory Royal blended…  More info

Suntory Royal Special Reserve 1960s
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Karuizawa 29 Year Old 1982 (cask 8529) - Noh Whisky

70cl, 58.8%
Karuizawa

Strictly one per customer... Sharing is caring.From the Noh range, this is an astonishing Karuizawa which was distilled in 1982 and aged in a bourbon cask for 29 years before bottling. The result is…  More info

Karuizawa 29 Year Old 1982 (cask 8529) - Noh Whisky
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Yamazaki 1984

70cl, 48%
Yamazaki

A very rare, very exclusive vintage, Yamazaki 1984 was matured in American, European and Japanese Mizunara oak and it was awarded a Gold at the International Spirits Challenge.  More info

Yamazaki 1984
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Hanyu 1990 "The Wave" Cask 9305

70cl, 53%
Hanyu

A very rare bottling of single cask Hanyu, this was bottled from cask 9305, and there are just 200 bottles, all at natural cask strength. Serge from WhiskyFun.com awarded it a very impressive 91…  More info

Hanyu 1990
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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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Ichiro's Malt 1986 King of Hearts

70cl, 55.4%
Ichiro

An incredible addition to the Ichiro's Malt Card range. Each whisky, in very modish style, is named after a playing card. We love them! This was distilled at the Hanyu distillery in 1986, and aged in…  More info

Ichiro's Malt 1986 King of Hearts
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Yamazaki 18 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Yamazaki

Here we have Suntory’s multi award-winning Japanese single malt from Yamazaki, the oldest whisky distillery in Japan. The single malt was launched in 1992, and around 80% of the liquid is matured in…  More info

Yamazaki 18 Year Old
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Hibiki 12 Year Old (50cl)

50cl, 43%
Hibiki

A 50cl bottling of Suntory's excellent Hibiki 12 Year Old blended Japanese whisky, including malts from Yamazaki and Hakushu distilleries. Sadly, this expression was discontinued by Suntory back in…  More info

Hibiki 12 Year Old (50cl)
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Hakushu 18 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Hakushu

A fantastic 18 year old Japanese whisky from the Hakushu distillery, a malty, fruity whisky of real quality.  More info

Hakushu 18 Year Old
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Yamazaki 25 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Yamazaki

Yamazaki's astonishing 25 year old, aged in the finest Sherry casks for the entire maturation period to produce a fragrant, sherried, fruity, oaky masterpiece. Yummers.  More info

Yamazaki 25 Year Old
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Hakushu 25 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Hakushu

A very rare and truly fabulous peated Japanese whisky from Hakushu. This 25 year old single malt has picked up oodles of awards over the years, including the much sought-after World's Best Single…  More info

Hakushu 25 Year Old
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Golden Horse Bushu

70cl, 43%
Golden Horse

A blended whisky from the Golden Horse range, owned by Japanese company, Toashuzo. The Golden Horse brand previously had age statements on their labels, though since relaunching in 2016 (following a…  More info

Golden Horse Bushu
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Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt (Old Bottling)

70cl, 43%
Nikka

A non-age-statement expression of Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt whisky, named after the company's founder, Masataka Taketsuru. It features plenty of whisky from the Miyagikyo distillery, as well as…  More info

Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt (Old Bottling)
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The Kurayoshi Tottori 50cl

50cl, 43%
Kurayoshi

The Tottori range from Japan's Kurayoshi is a series of blended whisky made with Scottish and Japanese malts and grains. This is the flagship expression from the range, which the producers recommend…  More info

The Kurayoshi Tottori 50cl
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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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Nikka Taketsuru 21 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Nikka

Taketsuru 21 was crowned World's Best Blended Malt Whisky at the 2010 World Whiskies Awards. It really is a fabulous whisky, and for those of you who enjoyed the brilliant 17 year old this offers…  More info

Nikka Taketsuru 21 Year Old
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Togouchi 9 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Chugoku Jozo

A 9 year old blended whisky from Chugoku Jozo's interesting Togouchi range. The producers create their expressions with whisky from both Scotland and Canada, and age it in a railway tunnel in Japan…  More info

Togouchi 9 Year Old
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Nikka Blended Whisky

70cl, 40%
Nikka

From the Japanese distillers Nikka comes their blended whisky, the Nikka Blended Whisky. Yep, that's it. A simple name, a minimalist bottle, a refined label - the focus here is on the expertly-made…  More info

Nikka Blended Whisky
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