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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.

Karuizawa Spirit of Asama 55%

70cl, 55%
Karuizawa

Whisky from the closed distillery of Karuizawa in Japan is fairly in demand these days. !****Understatement Klaxon***!. This single malt has been created from 77 casks filled during the final two…  More info

Karuizawa Spirit of Asama 55%
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White Oak Akashi Meïsei

50cl, 40%
White Oak

A blended Japanese whisky from White Oak, said to be made with 45% American oak matured single malt. We also understand that Meïsei translates roughly as 'celebrity' in Japanese.  More info

White Oak Akashi Meïsei
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Hibiki 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Hibiki

An exquisite 12 year old blended Japanese whisky. Hibiki includes malt whisky from Yamazaki and Hakushu, as well as grain whisky from Chita. The whisky is partly matured in plum liqueur barrels.…  More info

Hibiki 12 Year Old
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Nikka All Malt

70cl, 40%
Nikka

A blended Japanese whisky from Nikka made with malt from Yoichi and a combination of malt and Coffey Still whisky from Miyagikyou.  More info

Nikka All Malt
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Ichiro's Malt Double Distilleries

70cl, 46%
Ichiro

From the cracking Ichiro’s Malt range, this is a vatting of whisky from both the Hanyu and Chichibu distilleries. The whisky was matured in Japanese oak, and vatted and bottled at Chichibu in 2010.  More info

Ichiro's Malt Double Distilleries
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Hakushu 10 Year Old

70cl, 40.5%
Hakushu

A beautiful 10 year old single malt from Suntory's Hakushu distillery, known for its lightly peaty, fruity flavour. Beautiful on the rocks, or in a cracking Mizuwari. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Hakushu 10 Year Old
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Hibiki 35 Year Old by Tokuda Yasokichi III

70cl, 43%
Hibiki

An incredibly beautiful release from Suntory - this is a 35 year old Hibiki blended Japanese whisky, presented in a porcelain decanter crafted by a porcelain master, Tokuda Yasokichi III. Half work…  More info

Hibiki 35 Year Old by Tokuda Yasokichi III
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Miyagikyo Sherry & Sweet

50cl, 55%
Miyagikyo

A single malt from the Miyagikyo in Japan, with a sweet and Sherried flavour profile. As such, they decided to use a rather straightforward name for this release - Miyagikyo Sherry & Sweet. This…  More info

Miyagikyo Sherry & Sweet
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Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016

70cl, 48%
Yamazaki

With the 2013 release having been named World Whisky of the Year in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2015, this is a hugely anticipated release of Sherried Japanese whisky. Just 5,000 of these sought-after…  More info

Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016
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Miyagikyo 12 Year Old

70cl, 45%
Miyagikyo

That same purity and balanced as in the Miyagikyou 10 year old, only the 12 offers more body and a stronger sherry character. Very good stuff!  More info

Miyagikyo 12 Year Old
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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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Hakushu Bourbon Barrel

70cl, 48.2%
Hakushu

The much anticipated Hakushu Bourbon Barrel sees the gently peated Japanese whisky aged entirely in first fill bourbon barrels. This has resulted in a great deal of creamy sweetness - absolutely…  More info

Hakushu Bourbon Barrel
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Nikka Taketsuru 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Nikka

The 12 year old variant of Nikka's incredible range of blended malts, named after the company's founder, Masataka Taketsuru. Very good indeed.  More info

Nikka Taketsuru 12 Year Old
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Nikka Coffey Malt 1998

70cl, 62%
Nikka

Nikka have experimented with distilling malted barley through a Coffey or continuous still which are more commonly used for grain whiskies. Technically this isn't a single malt whisky because it…  More info

Nikka Coffey Malt 1998
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Yoichi 1991 Single Cask (Nikka)

70cl, 58%
Yoichi

A single cask from Yoichi. This was distilled on the 7th February 1991, and matured for 18 years in cask number 129374 before bottling at cask strength on the 10th July 2009.  More info

Yoichi 1991 Single Cask (Nikka)
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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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$136.18

Hakushu 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Hakushu

This wonderful peated Japanese single malt whisky hails from Hakushu distillery, owned by Suntory. The distillery resides in the forests of Mt. Kaikomagatake, with the original Hakushu distillery…  More info

Hakushu 12 Year Old
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$151.26

Hibiki 30 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Hibiki

An absolutely stunning release from Hibiki. This was awarded the Trophy at the International Spirits Challenge in 2004, 2006 and 2008. It was also awarded the coveted title "World's Best Blended…  More info

Hibiki 30 Year Old
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Kamiki

50cl, 48%
Kamiki

Kamiki is a unique blended malt whisky made using Japanese malts whiskies combined with specially selected malt whiskies from around the world. After blending, the whisky is finished in casks made…  More info

Kamiki
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$62.59

Suntory Toki Gift Pack with Glass

70cl, 43%
Suntory

A snazzy Suntory gift pack here, featuring a full bottle of the tasty Toki blended Japanese whisky, alongside a branded glass which would be just perfect for Highballs. Which is great, considering…  More info

Suntory Toki Gift Pack with Glass
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The Nikka 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Nikka

A fantastic 12 year old blended Japanese whisky from Nikka presented in a bottle that takes its design from the neckline of a kimono. Enjoy neat, over ice or in a classic highball.  More info

The Nikka 12 Year Old
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The Koshi-No Shinobu Blended Whisky

70cl, 43%
Shinobu

Here we have a blended whisky, Shinobu, which translates as "perseverance" or "patience" in Japanese. A marriage of 50% malt and 50% grain whisky, it's first matured in sherry and bourbon casks…  More info

The Koshi-No Shinobu Blended Whisky
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Nikka Taketsuru 17 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Nikka

This is a great 17 year old blended malt named for Nikka's founder, the whisky-pilgrim Masataka Taketsuru.  More info

Nikka Taketsuru 17 Year Old
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Kirin Fuji-Sanroku Signature Blend

70cl, 50%
Kirin

A Japanese blended whisky rarely seen around these parts of the globe, this is the Signature Blend from Kirin Fuji-Sanroku. Kirin is one of the biggest producers of drinks in Japan, with its Fuji…  More info

Kirin Fuji-Sanroku Signature Blend
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Yamazaki 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Yamazaki

Discontinued 10 year old single malt from the Yamazaki distillery, aged in bourbon barrels. A lovely fruity dram, quite floral. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more…  More info

Yamazaki 10 Year Old
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